Open Forum 1 – Output gallery
Open Forum is a series of quarterly public events hosted at the Exhibition Research Lab (ERL) consisting of a presentation from an invited artist-led organisation, group or collective followed by an open forum discussion with attendees. The first session is organised alongside OUTPUT gallery, where Gallery Manager Gabrielle de la Puente will present an account of the trials of creating and sustaining an organisation within the city.
Following the general format of a public open forum anyone will have the opportunity to participate in the discussion and have their voice heard, with no topics surrounding artist-led practice and its intersection with other socio-cultural practices and institutions off limits. Providing a neutral space for open discourse, attendees are encouraged to raise issues for public scrutiny in order to share knowledge, critique and develop solutions. Through a process of open and transparent dialogue pertinent issues will be exposed, explored, understood and re-thought.
OUTPUT gallery works exclusively with creatives from or based in Merseyside. It aims to be the go-to for art by and for our local art scene. The gallery delivers a busy programme of exhibitions and events to support the mobility, development, and visibility of artists in the area. Since its launch in April 2018, OUTPUT has facilitated exhibitions, performances, group crits, art socials, talks, and a weekly Culture Club from our prime location in Liverpool City Centre.
The Exhibition Research Lab is an academic research centre and a public venue established in 2012 as part of Liverpool School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University. Dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of exhibitions and curatorial knowledge, it presents a year round programme of exhibitions, events, residencies, fellowships, publications, and education at postgraduate and doctoral levels.
Open Forum is a programme of events organised by James Schofield, PhD researcher based at the Exhibition Research Lab.