Craig Easton: Is Anybody Listening? Our Time, Our Place


The University of Salford Art Collection presented Craig Easton: Is Anybody Listening? a touring exhibition at galleries across the Northwest. Craig Easton: Is Anybody Listening? was supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, and showcased two award-winning series of photographs, alongside an engagement programme for young people called Our Time, Our Place.

A long-time advocate for authentically representing communities in the North, Easton’s exhibition set out to challenge stereotypes and raise aspirations of young people within the region. 

Throughout 2023 and into 2024, Craig Easton: Is Anybody Listening? toured across four locations, Salford, Blackpool, Liverpool and Birkenhead. Alongside the tour, the engagement programme, Our Time, Our Place, which also included Blackburn, aimed to empower young people to discuss current issues, explore their own history, and share it through pathways in photography and associated practices. 

A graphic giving an overview of the Craig Easton project.

Craig Easton is a multi-award-winning photographer whose work is deeply rooted in the documentary tradition. Born in Edinburgh and brought up in Liverpool, Eason is now based in the Wirral. He studied Physics at the University of Salford in the 1980s where he fell in love with photography after joining the student darkroom. He started his career as a photojournalist for The Independent in the early 1990s.

Recognised for his intimate portraits and expansive landscapes, he now works mainly on long-term documentary projects, exploring issues around social identity, culture and community.  

In 2021, Easton was awarded the prestigious title of Photographer of the Year at the SONY World Photography Awards and in 2022 was recognised with an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.


Open Eye Gallery

12 Jan – 26 Feb 2023

LeftCoast at Blackpool School of Arts

11 Apr – 31 May 2023


Find out which 11 photographs from Craig Easton: Is Anybody Listening? Our Time, Our Place have been acquired and learn more about the decision-making behind the process.

Is Anybody Listening? Our Time, Our Place is presented by the University of Salford and generously supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.