Saturday 30 November 2002 to Sunday 2 February 2003
Dean Chapman, John Davies, Martin Figura, Peter Fryer, Richard Grassick, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Sally-Ann Norman, Keth Pattison, Bruce Rae, Chris Steele-Perkins
Premiered in Durham in the Summer, this exhibition looks at the gallery's current photography project, Coalfield Stories. In an ambitious commitment to new documentary photography, Side launched The Durham Coalfield Project in 2000, setting away a number of individual investigations as part of broad look at contemporary experience in ex-colliery communities.
In Shifting Ground, Chapman looks at change in South West Durham. Figura looks at Horden Victory Club; Steele Perkins at Haswell Plough Mart. In Fathers, Fryer follows the lives of men with primary or significant childcare responsibilities. Grassick in On the Surface explores the different ways ex-miners have constructed their new lives. Konttinen traces the terrible beauty in the Durham's Coal Coast. In Farewell Squalor, Norman examines the ambitions, histories and personal lives revealed in the detail of coalfield housing.
The programme of production continues, hand in hand, with community projects, video interviews and the development of Amber's new feature film. Providing a context, the exhibition also shows images drawn from the eighties: Bruce Rae's Easington: A Mining Village (1984), John Davies' Durham Coalfield (1983), Keith Pattison's Easington, August 1984 and Peter Fryer's Coke to Coke (1989).