Amber Brown is a Northumbrian photographer, printmaker and early-career curator based between the NE and Scotland. 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 lead numerous arts and photography projects.

Currently, she works at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh as a Creative Programmes Assistant for Climate House and is a Non-Executive Director for the board of Amber Film & Photography Collective CIC.

Copyright © 2021 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.
  • Stills Centre For Photography - Volunteer Exhibitions Assistant.
  • SIDE Gallery, Newcastle - Front of House and Exhibitions Assistant.
  • Climate House, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh - Creative Programmes Assistant (current).
  • Amber Film & Photography Collective CIC - Non-Executive Director, Member of the Board (current).

SELF PUBLISHING

  • 'PEC' - Self-published hand-bound book made and printed by the artist. Edition of 1, 2017
  • 'The Coming Soon Land' - Self-published by the artist. Edition of 1, hardcover book, 2018
  • 'The Coming Soon Land' - Self-published by the artist. Edition of 35, remade as a zine, 2019
  • 'Ceremonial' exhibition catalogue. Self-published with Isi Williams, 2020
  • ALT-D Exhibition Catalogue, sponsored by Embassy Gallery, Ex Why Zed and Zembla.

SELECTED FEATURES

  • Grain Magazine, as part of Belgrade Photo Month, 2019
  • The Garden Zine and online platform, 2020. A project by Alix Villanueva with Tim Seeley, the POD and Coventry Culture Trust
  • Photograd Zine, 2020.
  • Q+A with Amber Brown featured on Intrepid Camera Co large format platform.
  • Concrete Nature, photo zine 2020.
  • Of The Land And Us/Black River Issue 01 (online)
  • Edinburgh College of Art Online Degree Show.
  • Shutterhub YEARBOOK, 2020.

    Featured in The Edinburgh Reporter, Northumberland Gazette, Pink Trolley, LOAF magazine, Source Graduate Photography Online, the Working Class Creatives Database, Photograd, ARTMAG, The Rattlecap, GUM, 

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.
  • The Class of 2020, In The In Between.
  • MADE IT, 2020 at Short Supply, Manchester, December 2020
  • Futureproof 2020 at Street Level Photoworks online. 
  • This Is Not A Show, The Working Class Creatives Database X Pineapple Black, Online, April 9th-May 15th 2021.
  • 'Final, not Over - again',  exhibition with fellow ECA graduates at Unit 1 Gallery London, June 3rd-7th 2021
  • BALTIC OPEN, BALTIC, GatesheadMay 19th - September 5th 2021.
  • Working Class Creatives Database X Motion Sickness at Unit 15, Lion Yard, Cambridge. From July 8th onwards. 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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

ARTIST TALKS

  • Presenting at Futureproof 2020 Artist Talks for Street Level Photoworks, 27th November, from 23-36 minutes. 

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