Open Aye is a social enterprise providing participatory photography workshops to various groups. Open Aye aims to empower all to have a voice, explore issues in depth, provide advocacy materials for public awareness campaigns, foster appreciation of specific environments or offer therapeutic workshops in an inclusive setting.
Open Aye is in the process of some exciting changes!
Open Aye currently operates as social enterprise, as a company Limited by Guarantee, with an asset lock and primary aim to have a positive social impact on various communities and environments. We are formalising this structure, with a new board of directors and are currently applying to be recognised as a Community Interest Company. (CIC)
Open Aye is expanding its team to include more photographers, facilitators, film makers and thinkers! We have recently just made our first short film documenting a participatory project we ran for Scottish Natural Heritage in early 2015. The film can be viewed here.
Open Aye is currently the subject of a research thesis by Monique Campbell - a masters student, studying MSc Sustainable Development (specialisation: Wellbeing) at St Andrews University.
A summary of research findings will be available to view from Autumn 2015.
"This project explores the relationship between creativity, wellbeing and place. In particular, it considers the experiences of marginal groups taking part in short-term (over 6 weeks) participatory photography workshops with Open Aye in urban green spaces in the West of Scotland."
- Monique Campbell
And... we are finally re-doing the website!!
Hopefully there’ll be a summer re-launch. in the meantime, feel free to browse past projects on this site.