Side Gallery


Open: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm (Thursday until 7pm)

Closed bank holidays

Since opening in 1977, the gallery's been committed to documentary in the tradition of the concerned photographer - our own production/commissions in the North of England and the historical and contemporary work from around the world, which continues to inspire us. Talks are organised around most of the exhibitions. The gallery sells a range of photography books, posters, postcards and prints, along with Amber films on DVD. It is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am to 5pm and admission is FREE. It's closed on bank holidays and during exhibition changeover weeks.

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Saturday 22 March – Saturday 10 May

In 2001, developing Metropoli, his exploration of British cities, John Davies approached Side Gallery about his interest in documenting the public spaces of Newcastle/Gateshead, then in the throes of an ambitious programme of culture-led renewal.

The Tyneside photographs came together as a body of work entitled Urban Dreams. In 2008, Amber/Side’s collaboration with the Lit & Phil and the Mining Institute led to a commission to document the legacy in Newcastle and Gateshead of the 1960s, T Dan Smith era of urban reinvention: City State.

Bringing both bodies of work together for the first time, the exhibition opens up on comparisons between two periods of ambitious regeneration, the questions we should be raising in the current economic context and the role of documentary/landscape photography in a critique of public policy.

John Davies is internationally recognised as one of the foremost landscape photographers of our time.

Side Gallery first showed his work in 1979 and also commissioned Cumbrian Landscapes (1981), Durham Coalfield (1983), For Druridge (1983, with Isabella Jedrzejczyk) and Signs of Coal (2005).

Amber 2012
Gateshead Millennium and Tyne Bridges, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2001.
Amber 2012
Trinity Square Car Park, Gateshead, 2001.

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Sirkka Bronze-Plaqued! Official!

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

As you walk down Hollywood Boulevard... Well, all right, Newcastle Quayside... and not yet, but definitely soon... look down at your feet and you might well see a bronze plaque celebrating Amber's own, truly wonderful Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, who has been nominated by the public as one of the first twenty to be honoured as local heroes! Up there with Bobby Robson, Cardinal Hume, Alan Shearer, Ant & Dec - and Amber friends Kathryn Tickell, David Almond, Robson Green and the late, much-missed Julia Darling - Sirkka was nominated, in particular, for her inspirational work in Byker... The press release has gone out ahead of the plaques, so they've got time to get the spelling right before casting it in bronze...

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Help Support Amber's Unique Collection

Murray Martin
Murray Martin, founding member of Amber

Amber has launched a new development plan that will secure its unique film and photography collection and, where possible, make it accessible online and/or on site at Side Gallery. It involves a major programme of digitisation, interpretation, web development, digital/physical access development in the gallery and improved exhibition facilities. If you would like to know more, click here.

Your help and support is important. If you would like to make a financial contribution, CLICK HERE. Volunteers will be able help with the fundraising campaign and with the programme of work. If you would like to become involved or if there are other ways you think you can support these developments, please contact us.