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Amber's Digital Collection and Updated Website - Request for Tenders

17th April 2015 By: Richard Cross

Amber Film & Photography Collective includes Amber Films, Side Gallery and Side Cinema. Its extensive digital film and photography collection contains interconnected narratives that have grown out of...more »

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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.

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Amber's Digital Collection and Updated Website - Request for Tenders

Amber Film & Photography Collective includes Amber Films, Side Gallery and Side Cinema. Its extensive digital film and photography collection contains interconnected narratives that have grown out of Amber Films' and Side Gallery's work. Amber is looking for a team who can deliver a robust digital storage and management system for this collection and develop a website which allows the public to explore this unique asset. Along with online and onsite access to the digitised works the website needs to promote gallery and cinema programmes, provide access to a range of other activity and offer online sales.

  • The development is part of a Heritage Lottery / Arts Council England funded programme
  • The digital collection will include more than 10,000 images and 3,500 minutes of video
  • Appropriate storage, backup and disaster recovery systems are essential
  • The website should be visually engaging and enable a range of explorative approaches
  • Amber wishes to enable the widest possible accessibility
  • The project is ambitious and requires an imaginative team with relevant experience
  • Project duration: 3 years
  • Year 1: core development to be complete by March 2016
  • Year 2 & 3: support and maintenance required until March 2018
  • Budget range of £50,000 to £65,000 (excluding VAT)

Full brief and supporting documents available in a public Dropbox folder:

Were you ever in a Jazz Band or know someone who was?

Check out this trailer for Amber's forthcoming project in Wallsend!

It is based on the short documentary film 'Wallsend 72', featuring The Rising Sun Jazz Band and Swan Hunter Brass Band.

We are looking for members who would be interested in sharing their experiences of being in the Jazz Band, with local school children as part of an exciting community film project.

You don't have to have been in the band in 1972, it can be much earlier or later. Here is a short trailer film for the project (below).

Help Secure the AmberSide Collection!

Watch this video to find out more about our unique collection. We need your help to secure it for future generations, to make it and Side Gallery more accessible, to generate new projects with schools and communities and to build awareness of the work.

• Over 28,000 photographs, 100 films - 400 individual stories and a single coherent narrative;

• A constantly growing body of work, documenting NE England and reaching beyond;

• Sustained for over 45 years - one of the most remarkable bodies of work in the history of documentary.

AmberSide Trust is being set up to secure the collection's future and encourage access its resources. Once established, it will be able to take donations direct, but if you would like to help please contact Side Gallery now. We have already received generous support from Heritage Lottery Fund, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England amd the gallery is closing after Christmas so work can begin... BUT we need to raise more to support our 3 year project, The AmberSide Collection: Access & Engagement, and to take things forward into the future.
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Sirkka in Bronze

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen and plaque

Here it is, then, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen's very own bronze plaque, confirming her status as a Local Hero or possibly Heroine.