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Amber's Digital Collection and Updated Website - Request for Tenders

17th April 2015 By: Richard Cross

Amber Film & Photography Collective includes Amber Films, Side Gallery and Side Cinema. Its extensive digital film and photography collection contains interconnected narratives that have grown out of...more »

Side Gallery


5 - 9 Side . Newcastle upon Tyne . NE1 3JE . 0191 232 2208

Side Gallery is currently closed for a major redevelopment. With Heritage Lottery Fund support, we are enabling full gallery accessibility and enhanced exhibition spaces, a new study centre and improved collection housing. We're also working on a number of film, photography and curatorial projects in schools and communities across the North East. The gallery will reopen in 2016 and it's going to be great... We're really sorry not to be able to show exhibitions at the gallery in 2015, but it'll be worth the wait. More information. For updates on the progress of the work, please join the Amber Newsletter.

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For Ever Amber

Byker, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, 1971

EXHIBITION: For Ever Amber is the first major retrospective looking at Amber/Side's extraordinary film & photography collection. It will be at the Laing Art Gallery from June 27th to September 19th and has been supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be limited access to the Laing's galleries from 2.30pm on Friday 31st July and the Laing will be closed until 1.30pm on Saturday 1st August.

FILM SEASON: Linked to the exhibition at the Laing and the conference at Newcastle University, Tyneside Cinema is running a season of films.



View & Download the For Ever Amber Event Guide Below:

Survival Programmes: Seminal Exhibition Now Online

Survival Programmes, Gypsy Family, Middlesbrough, Chris Steele-Perkins
Gypsy Family, Middlesbrough, Chris Steele-Perkins
We were looking forward to announcing that for the first time work from the seminal 'Survival Programmes' project by the Exit Photography Group (Nicholas Battye / Chris Steele-Perkins / Paul Trevor) could be seen outside the UK.

Our collection includes the entire project set of 99 photographs and we agreed to lend Madrid's Museo Reina Sofia 32 for a major exhibition 'Not yet. On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernism' (11 Feb - 13 July 2015).

However, due to financial cutbacks, the exhibition organisers informed us with great regret that they were forced to downsize the show and forego the loan. The exhibition referred to Survival Programmes in its catalogue. As a gesture of support, Side Gallery decided that for the duration of the show in Madrid to present the 32 images on our website: click here

Help Secure the AmberSide Collection!

Watch this video to find out more about our unique collection. We need your help to secure it for future generations, to make it and Side Gallery more accessible, to generate new projects with schools and communities and to build awareness of the work.

• Over 28,000 photographs, 100 films - 400 individual stories and a single coherent narrative;

• A constantly growing body of work, documenting NE England and reaching beyond;

• Sustained for over 45 years - one of the most remarkable bodies of work in the history of documentary.

AmberSide Trust is being set up to secure the collection's future and encourage access its resources. Once established, it will be able to take donations direct, but if you would like to help please contact Side Gallery now. We have already received generous support from Heritage Lottery Fund, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England amd the gallery is closing after Christmas so work can begin... BUT we need to raise more to support our 3 year project, The AmberSide Collection: Access & Engagement, and to take things forward into the future.
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