The Eyes Open Committee are a regional steering group who raise awareness of HIV and support World Aids Day, thanks to financial and other support from Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, County Durham and Sunderland. The committee in it's present incarnation has been in existence since 2003 when the very first art exhibition took place at the Biscuit Factory. Work to raise awareness of HIV and stigma has taken place in the North East for a lot longer. Many of the organisations who have worked with Eyes Open have ceased to exist but we carry the work forward with many thanks to the past workers.
Throughout the year Eyes Open work around the region in schools, hospitals, community settings and other organisations to promote the awareness of HIV and to remove the stigma that is still attached to HIV. The committee also organise events to take place regionally to support World AIDS Day on 1st December every year, these have included art competitions, candl-lit vigils, lantern making workshops, lantern parades, awareness raising marches, conferences and more.
Information for this years activities can be found on the events page and also on the 'Quilt on Tour' page.