JUNGLE PORTRAITS Isabella Jedrzejczyk, 1981
Amber’s lmmakers & photographers frequented The Jungle on North Shields Fish Quay in the
1970s and early 1980s. It had a colourful reputation, locals mixing with visiting seamen. Sirkka-LiisaKonttinen also developed a set of portraits.
SAVE SCOTSWOOD WORKS Tish Murtha, 1979
Amber’s documentation of the Save Scotswood Works campaign became part of its lm Tyne Lives
(1980). Tish Murtha documented the campaign in parallel.
JUVENILE JAZZ BANDS Tish Murtha, 1979
Juvenile jazz bands were hugely popular in the North East in the 1970s/80s. Tish caused controversywith her focus as much on those excluded as those in the uniforms.
YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT Tish Murtha, 1981
Tish was employed at Side Gallery on a Manpower Services Commission job creation scheme whenshe developed this extraordinary body of work, photographing members of her family and theirfriends on the streets of Elswick.
SURVIVAL PROGRAMMES: IN BRITAIN’S INNER CITIES Exit Photography Group, 1982
Exit (Paul Trevor, Chris Steele-Perkins, Nick Battye) developed Survival Programmes between 1974and 1979, documenting experience in London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Middlesbrough,Glasgow and Belfast. The photographs from the North East were by Chris Steele-Perkins. SideGallery brought New York printer Sid Kaplan over to print the work for the exhibition.
TYNESIDE Ian Berry, 1978
The box in the Side Collection says Tyneside, but other North East images are included. The work,which may have been shown as part of Northern View in 1978, is included in Berry’s book TheEnglish, published in that year.
RIVER PROJECT Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Graham Smith, 1974
This early Amber touring project also included work by Amber Films, photographer and sculptor
Laurie Wheatley, writers Tom Pickard and Rodney Pybus and German artist Peter Engel. The
difculty in nding a venue for it in Newcastle was part of the logic that led to Amber opening Side
Gallery in 1977.