15 Nov 2019—8 Mar 2020

Women Photographers from The AmberSide Collection

Stills is excited to present a selection of photographs from The AmberSide Collection, a unique archive that continues to grow out of the documentary production, commissioning, exhibition and touring work of Newcastle-based Amber Film & Photography Collective. The group established itself in North East England in 1969 and opened Side Gallery in 1977.

The display at Stills highlights a selection of AmberSide’s holdings of photographs by women photographers. Key documentary works by founder Amber member Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, by Tish Murtha and Izabela Jedrzejczyk, both of whom worked at Side Gallery, share the walls with those of celebrated international photographers, such as Graciela Iturbide, who toured Konttinen’s Byker in Mexico, and Susan Meiselas, whose Central American work was toured by Side in the early 1980s.

'Youth Unemployment' (1981) by Tish Murtha, © Ella Murtha, All rights reserved.

We produce three major photography exhibitions each year and host a range of other displays. Entry is free and our gallery is open seven days a week from 11am—6pm.

Across our exhibition programme we have three key priorities: to present historic work from collections and archives; to bring internationally renowned photography to Scotland; and to showcase new work by artists based in Scotland, particularly those at an early stage of their careers.

Past Exhibitions

Cognitive Forgery Image

Cognitive Forgery

1 Feb 2020—16 Feb 2020

Fresh Focus: Working Title II

19 Aug 2019—1 Sep 2019


4 May 2019—19 May 2019

AMBIT: Photographies from Scotland

12 Apr 2019—2 Jul 2019

Andres Serrano: Torture

3 Mar 2019—30 Nov 2019

Robin Gillanders (a retrospective)

28 Oct 2018—14 Jan 2018

Fresh Focus: Working Title

9 Sep 2017—16 Sep 2017

Ambit: Photographies from Scotland

22 Apr 2017—9 Jul 2017

Jo Spence

29 Jul 2016—16 Oct 2016

Takashi Arai: Daily D-Type

29 Jun 2015—9 Aug 2015

Shot at Dawn, Chloe Dewe Mathews

8 Nov 2014—25 Jan 2015