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Childhoods: Side Gallery


CHILDHOODS brings together new work and work from Amber’s collection, creating a complex portrait of children's imaginative lives, the social contexts they deal with, their resilience: lives and concerns that often get overlooked. The exhibition will move between North East England and the wider world. It will move across the four decades of Side Gallery's existence.

The new gallery spaces allow more flexibility in the use of both photographs and video, and CHILDHOODS will take advantage of this; moving between Dovana Films shorts, capturing children's stories from Peru to the coasts of the Aegean, to some of the great exhibitions held in the collection: Tish Murtha's Juvenile Jazz Bands (1979), Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen's Step by Step (1984), Karen Robinson's All Dressed Up (2005). It will include Julian Germain's Classroom Portraits, developed across the world between 2004 and 2012 and James Mollison’s Where Children Sleep (2010), mediating stories of diverse children around the world, told through portraits and pictures of their bedrooms and the complex situations and social issues affecting them.

(Image: Duwa a and Shahd Sarshan, Forty Out of One Million, Syrian
Collateral, Kai Wiedenhöfer, Collateral, Kai Wiedenhöfer, 2015)

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1st October - 20th November 2016

Venue Details
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 i...


0191 232 2208


9 The Side
Newcastle upon Tyne

Opening Hours:

Tuesday: 11.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday: 11.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday: 11.00am - 5.00pm
Friday: 11.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday: 11.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am - 5.00pm

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