Opening up an extraordinary documentary narrative, For Ever Amber at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, is the first major account of the AmberSide Collection started by a group of like-minded students at Regent Street Polytechnic in London in 1968. With a resolve to collect documents of working class culture, Amber Collective moved to the North East of England the following year in 1969 and in 1977 set up Side Gallery where it remains today.
For Ever Amber, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Jamal Penjweny: Saddam is Here, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
Penjweny’s connection with Ikon goes further than this particular show as director Jonathan Watkins’ displayed his Saddam is Here series at the Iraqi Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale.
Skarstedt’s exploration of appropriation and how it has been pursued by different generations features works by leading artists from the 1960s to the present day.