Amber is a film & photography collective based in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North of England. Amber Films, Side Gallery and Cinema are all part of it.
Side Gallery is supported by Newcastle City Council and Arts Council England
Amber Over the Moon with HLF Grant
Amber is officially over the moon. To quote from the press release: 'The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has just given its initial support, including a development grant of £62,300, to Amber Film & Photography Collective. This is the first stage of a £1.5 million project which will open access to the group’s extraordinary film and photography collection.' Amber/Side Gallery has had a couple of quite difficult years and the difficulties haven't gone away, but this is really good news. It offers a route forward that is genuinely exciting. Find out more about what we're planning here. There's a lot of fundraising to do and if you feel able to contribute financially, you can do so here. If you think there might be other ways you can help, just contact Side Gallery. Hurrah!
Help Support Amber's Unique Collection
Murray Martin, founding member of Amber
Amber has launched a new development plan that will secure its unique film and photography collection and, where possible, make it accessible online and/or on site at Side Gallery. It involves a major programme of digitisation, interpretation, web development, digital/physical access development in the gallery and improved exhibition facilities. If you would like to know more, click here.
Your help and support is important. If you would like to make a financial contribution, CLICK HERE. Volunteers will be able help with the fundraising campaign and with the programme of work. If you would like to become involved or if there are other ways you think you can support these developments, please contact us.
Thank You Crowdfunders
Ian Scott, Diane Jones, Keith Strachan, Gail McGee, Bridget & Bill George, Catherine Hare, Nyree Griffiths, Simn Relph, Dan Rothenburg, Annie Rigby, Gem Andrews, Robert hollands, Shameem Siddiqui, Hazel Plater, Malcolm Gerrie, Ellen Phethean, The Stuart-Brettle family, Leyla Asadi, Joseph Becker, Derek Hazell, Sarah Bessie, Karen Shepherdson, John Vail, Tina Carr, Tim Bailey, Karen Melvin, Hannah Knight, Claire Hardwick, Wioleta Dybala, Mark Baggott, Sally Larkham, Louise Taylor, Elaine Drainville, Roger Hyams, Malcolm Gee, Donatella Neiderberger-Soldi, Jane Cox, Marion Farmer, Richard grassick, John hare, Sam Rigby, John Edwards, June Abbott, Rob Birrell, Dorota Antoniak, Ben Holden, Julia Heslop, Neville Austin, Lara Robinson, Karin Young and 6 anonymous, plus Bella's uncle and the person who posted £40 cash from Gatwick...
We would hereby like to mark the generosity of your contributions to Amber's crowdfunding campaign around the making of Between the Mud and the Farthest Star! If you think your name should be here and isn't, get in contact. The money is enabling us to shoot a couple of sample scenes - a key part in raising the full production budget - and we'll be out and about in January doing just that!
Read the blog! Between the Mud and the Farthest Star will be the 9th in a list of feature dramas that goes back to 1985's Seacoal.
Amber is a Monument: Official!
- Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen & David Dawson, Chair of UNESCO UK Memory of the World Committee
Amber's Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen and Graeme Rigby went down to London in early September for a reception at the House of Lords with fellow inscribees in the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register. The narrative of Amber's films and Sirkka's photography was recognised 'as being of outstanding national value and importance to the United Kingdom.' Hosted by the Parliamentary Archives whose 1649 Death Warrant for Charles I and 1689 Bill of Rights were inscribed, there was a generous supply of fizz and some very fine smoked and salted almonds. And representatives of a humbling array of other archives, collections and documents recognised.