Amber Brown is a Northumbrian photographer, printmaker and early-career curator based in Durham. Her work explores notions of place, home and belonging through cultural, political and personal narratives. It is rooted in many slow, ritualistic processes which largely fall under the umbrella of printmaking and large format photography. Amber aims to utilise labour-intensive techniques to investigate the post-industrial landscape, ideas of Northernness and how archives can interact with the contemporary. 

She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a BA (Hons) in Photography and now studies towards an MA in Art Museum and Gallery Studies at Newcastle University, where her areas of interests are artist-run spaces, contemporary and documentary photography and relationships between the latter and ethics. She enjoys working with artists and collaborative spaces outside of her own practice, having co-directed and curated Ceremonial, a week long project celebrating artwork exploring tradition with textile artist Isi Williams. She worked as co-head of Exhibition and Events programming at ALT-D,  the Alternative Graduate Showcase for alumni of Edinburgh College of Art and is an Associate Member at The Newbridge Project.

Amber has worked under the mentorship of  established curators, acting as an Exhibition Assistant for Design  Exhibition Scotland. She most recently was an Ambassador for Access to Creative Education Scotland, assisting with education workshops and also a Volunteer Exhibition Assistant at Stills Centre for Photography, where she has given a public talk on their most recent exhibition, Woman Photographers from the AmberSide Collection.  As of February 2021, Amber is a Non-Executive Director for the board of Amber Film & Photography Collective CIC, hoping to shape the strategy going forward and expand the way in which emerging artists are able to engage with such collectives.

Copyright © 2020 by Amber Brown, all rights reserved. This applies to all images.

CURRICULUM  VITAE

EDUCATION

MA Art Museum and Gallery Studies, Newcastle University 2020-2021

BA (Hons) Photography, First Class Honours. Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh 2016-2020

WORK

  • Acklington CofE First School - Educational Assistant 
  • Gigs North East - Volunteer Photographer 
  • The Bakehouse Gallery, Alnwick - Gallery Intern
  • Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh - Information Assistant for John Akomfrah's 'Vertigo Sea'
  • BOOKMARKS 2019 and 2020 - board member
  • CANVAS Magazine, Edinburgh - Art Panelist
  • Collective F8, 2017-2019 - Co-founder
  • Design Exhibition Scotland - Exhibition Assistant 
  • Side Gallery, Newcastle - Digitisation Volunteer
  • Access to Creative Education Scotland - Educational Assistant
  • ALT-D - Head of Exhibitions & Events Programming, past roles included Sponsorship Management and Press Team.
  • Stills Centre For Photography - Volunteer Exhibitions Assistant, now on the Youth Panel (current)
  • Amber Film & Photography Collective CIC - Non-Executive Director, Member of the Board (current).

SELF PUBLISHING

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

FEATURES

UPCOMING/CURRENT




AWARDS

  • Global Justice Academy, Photography Competition 2018 - 'The Coming Soon Land' was awarded as single image winner.
  • GrowWild Youth Artist Award, 2018.
  • Belgrade Photo Month 2019 - 'Earthworks' shortlisted in the top 10 finalists.
  • Astaire Art Prize 2019 - Shortlisted Artist.
  • The George Jackson Hutchison Memorial Prize, 2019.
  • Awarded The Analogue Photography Grant from The Richard and Siobhán Coward Foundation, 2020.
  • Marion Cameron MacKenzie Scholarship, 2020.
  • Award from The Sidney Perry Foundation for Postgraduate Education, 2020.
  • Selected for the Redeye Graduate Mentoring Scheme, 2020.
  • Selected for Futureproof 2020 at Street Level Photoworks.
  • MA Art Museum & Gallery Studies Scholarship, Newcastle University, 2020. 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Earthworks - Dry Water Arts Centre, Amble, June 21st-July 17th 2019.


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