Open Eye Gallery is delighted to appoint Liverpool based poet Pauline Rowe as our first Writer in Residence. Over the next five months Pauline will be leading a programme of creative writing interventions and workshops, inviting writers to respond to our programme, develop new writing and explore opportunities to work with photographers.

Open Eye Gallery’s Executive Director, Sarah Fisher said:
“Photography has an easy affinity with the written word, poetry, new and experimental writing, and Open Eye Gallery is delighted to welcome Pauline Rowe as our first Writer in Residence. Pauline shares the Gallery’s collaborative ethos and interest in collective creative experimentation.  The programme is part of our developing partnership with the University of Liverpool’s Centre for New and International Writing and our thanks goes to them and the University’s LiNK programme for their support”

Professor Deryn Rees-Jones, Department of English, School of the Arts, University of Liverpool said:
“We are very happy to be working with Open Eye Gallery in such an exciting way. The establishment of the residency will provoke useful dialogue between photographers and poets, establishing new and creative contexts for practitioners from visual and literary arts as well as developing important links with communities across Liverpool”

New Writer in Residence, Pauline Rowe said:
“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with Open Eye Gallery at the start of an innovative project working with and exploring the ways writing and photography can speak new words, new responses, new relationships”

Pauline first got the chance to work with the Gallery through the LiNK programme at the University of Liverpool and continuing work is being supported by the universities’ Centre for New and International Writing. She has 2 poetry collections, also works as a poet delivering projects at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, and is currently doing a PHD at Liverpool University. Pauline lives with her husband and 6 children.

pauline@openeye.org.uk / paulineroweblog.wordpress.com