About the North: Imagined Dialogues

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See the North through the lens of celebrated documentary photographers who strive to capture its lives, landscapes and ideas.

Girl on 'Spacehopper', Byker, 1971

Some of this country’s most compelling documentary has been about the North of England.

Explore the role it plays – both as conversation with communities and arguments with power – in this exhibition of major historical and contemporary photography.

Find out how the people captured on film by Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen now feel about her iconic images, featuring their lives in the 1970s terraces of Newcastle’s East End before demolition made way for the Byker Wall Estate.

Drawing on Side Gallery’s own extraordinary collections as well as other key works, you’ll delve into a tradition that continues to shape perceptions of the wider North.

Image credit: Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen/AmberSide Collection/L Parker Stephenson Photographs

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Venue: Side Gallery

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  • Ramped access to the gallery from the paved alleyway.
  • Lift to all floors.
  • Accessible toilet on the ground floor.
  • Baby changing facilities.
  • No induction loop.

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