Side Gallery

Side Gallery is a photography gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne, run by Amber Film & Photography Collective.[2] It opened in 1977 as Side Gallery and Cinema[3] with a remit to show humanist photography "both by and commissioned by the group along with work it found inspirational".[4][5] It is the only venue in the UK dedicated to documentary photography.[6][7] Side Gallery is located at Amber's base in Side, a street in Quayside, Newcastle near the Tyne Bridge.[3]

Side Gallery
Former name
Side Gallery and Cinema
Established1977 (1977)
Location5-9 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3JE
TypeRegistered charity
Collections"an extensive documentary record of the region"[1]
OwnerAmber Film & Photography Collective


Chris Killip was a co-founder and director (1977–1979) of Side Gallery.[8]

In 1978, Henri Cartier-Bresson had a retrospective exhibition at Side.[6]

In 2015 it closed for a year and a half for major redevelopment, reopening in September 2016.[6] A second exhibition space was added, as well as a library, and study centre / social space with digital access to the collection.[9][10][11]


The gallery's collection includes "an extensive documentary record of the region"[1] as well as work by Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen,[12] Russell Lee, Lewis Hine,[1] and Susan Meiselas.[1] Some of the gallery's exhibitions that are held in its collection include Tish Murtha's Juvenile Jazz Bands (1979), Konttinen's Step by Step (1984), Dean Chapman's Shifting Ground (2001) and Karen Robinson's All Dressed Up (2005).[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Newbury, Darren. "2002. Documentary practices and working-class culture: an interview with Murray Martin (Amber Films and Side Photographic Gallery). Visual Studies, 17(2): 113-128". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ "Images of unemployment in North East are beautiful and shocking". The Independent. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b Rigby, Graeme (7 September 2007). "Obituary: Murray Martin". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  4. ^ Leggott, James (9 April 2020). In Fading Light: The Films of the Amber Collective. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-78920-651-7 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ O'Hagan, Sean (14 October 2018). "The best UK photography galleries chosen by Sean O'Hagan". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d "Side Gallery Reopens After Major Redevelopment With Childhoods Photography Exhibition". British Journal of Photography. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Capturing the spirit of childhood". Huck Magazine. 9 October 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  8. ^ Tate. "BP Spotlight: Chris Killip". Tate. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  9. ^ Whitehouse, Matthew (29 September 2016). "all dressed up: photographing the rituals of childhood". i-D. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  10. ^ Hodgson, Barbara (11 August 2016). "Side Gallery prepares to unveil new image". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  11. ^ Whetstone, David (23 September 2016). "Side Gallery, a unique window on the world, is reopening after a £1.1m refurbishment". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  12. ^ "Byker - Amber Collection". Amber. Retrieved 28 June 2020.

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