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 work 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-founded the now disbanded CollectiveF8 in 2017 who have worked with leading Scottish charities on socially-aware projects. She also co-directed and curated Ceremonial, a week long project celebrating artwork exploring tradition with textile artist Isi Williams. Now, she shares a post as 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. 

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
  • Stills Centre For Photography - Volunteer Exhibitions Assistant, now on the Youth Panel (current)
  • ALT-D - Head of Exhibitions & Events Programming, past roles included Sponsorship Management and Press Team.(current)

SELF PUBLISHING

OTHER PHYSICAL PUBLICATIONS

  • Featured in CANVAS, 2018
  • Featured in The Inkwell, 2018
  • Featured in CANVAS, 2019
  • Grain Magazine, as part of Belgrade Photo Month, 2019
  • Featured in The Garden Zine and online platform, 2020. A project by Alix Villanueva with Tim Seeley, the POD and Coventry Culture Trust
  • Featured in Photograd Zine 2020
  • Featured in Concrete Nature, photo zine 2020.

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

  • THORNFEST: turning tides, Durham, 2016
  • Unfairground, Edinburgh College of Art, 2016
  • Synergy Welcome Party ECA // GSA, 2017
  • PhotoSoc Spring Exhibition, Whitespace Gallery, 2017
  • Synergy eca//gsa Reeb00t Exhibition, 2017
  • Photosoc Spring Exhibition - White Space Gallery, 2018
  • Alnmouth Arts Festival, Northumberland, 2018
  • Global Justice Academy, winners exhibition at Chrystal Macmillan Building, Edinburgh, 2018
  • Global Justice Academy, winners exhibition at Old College, Edinburgh, 2018
  • Wintertide Festival, Hartlepool, 2018
  • Material Dialogues, Fire Station, Edinburgh, 2018
  • Humans of the Walk - 5-12th March, Museum of Edinburgh Courtyard in collaboration with CollectiveF8, PathsForAll and HolyroodPR.
  • Art in Granton 2019 at Madelvic House, 25-27th October.
  • Humans Of The Walk, CollectiveF8 - 21-23rd January. Scottish Parliament. 
  • Humans Of The Walk, CollectiveF8 - 11th February. Scottish Government, Leith. 
  • Stills' Photo Market, March 7th-8th.
  • Annual Open Art Exhibition, Woodhorn Museum, Northumberland. February 15th-April 19th, 2020.
  • Graduate Spotlight Exhibition with Almudena Rocca. Alnwick Playhouse Online
  • Alt_D The Alternative Graduate Showcase (Online).

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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

CURATION & ORGANISATION

  • Site, Edinburgh College of Art, 2016
  • Body As Artistic Material, Edinburgh College of Art, 2017
  • ECA End Of Year Exhibition - DOK Space, 2017
  • ECA 2nd Year Exhibition - Edinburgh College of Art, 2017
  • ECA End of Year Exhibition - Second year, 2018
  • Debutante - Collective F8, Edinburgh, 2018
  • JUICE - Granton Castle Walled Gardens, 2019
  • Earthworks - Dry Water Arts Centre, Amble, 2019
  • Ceremonial, Tent Gallery Edinburgh, 2020.
  • Buffering..., Final Year Exhibition. Edinburgh College of Art, 2020
  • THIS IS TOMORROW CALLING (Wishing you were here), ALT-D at Zembla Gallery, Scottish Borders 2020
  • ALT-D X JACKARTS Graduate Billboard Showcase, various venues across Edinburgh, 2020












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