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Image: Kill The Bill from Citizens of our Time (c) Gary Calton

One of Newcastle’s best alternative spaces, the Side Gallery, finally reopen their doors in late April. Run by the Amber Collective, the gallery is devoted to showcasing documentary photography, and strives to give a voice to those who find themselves on the edges of society, telling stories of those often marginalised.

Running at the gallery until Saturday 16th July will be a joint exhibition between photojournalist Gary Calton, Izabela Jedrzejczyk and Amber Films. Gary Calton’s Citizens Of Our Time focuses on the communities that feel forced to protest, influenced by the ongoing ‘Kill The Bill’ movement and exploring their motivations. Representing everyday people, Calton’s powerful selection of images focus on the personal reasons behind campaigning, and covers a wide range of issues which have engaged the UK population over the last 25 years. One of the most important stories featured is that of Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who rallied for their partner’s release for six years from an Iranian detention centre.

Audio-visual installation What Happened Here incorporates prints from Izabela Jedrzejczyk’s Striking Women series, which documented the women in Easington Colliery who supported the miners’ strike of 1984. Amber’s own contribution comes from the 2019 film which gives the exhibition its name, and which remembered the women’s efforts 35 years later.

Citizens Of Our Time and What Happened Here are exhibited at Side Gallery, Newcastle until Saturday 16th July.

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