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Shipbuilding on the Tyne by Bruce Rae

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Shipbuilding on the Tyne by Bruce Rae

Time: July 24, 2017 at 6pm to October 8, 2017 at 7pm
Location: Side Gallery and Amber Films
Street: 5-9 Side
City/Town: Newcastle upon Tyne
Website or Map:…
Phone: +44 (0)191 232 2000
Event Type: exhibition, and, film
Organized By: Side Gallery and AmberSide Trust
Latest Activity: Jul 24, 2017

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Shipbuilding on the Tyne, Bruce Rae (1983)
Nationalisation, in 1977, created British Shipbuilders to rationalise and secure the industry. By 1983 the new body had already closed half the once independent yards it managed. Now the government demanded privatisation of the rest. This was the context in which Side Gallery commissioned Bruce Rae to document the industry.


The Art of Shipbuilding (Amber Films, 20 mins, 2017)
In 2017, Amber Films completed a new film exploring the art of the shipyards – poet Jack Davitt (aka Ripyard Cuddling) and painter Peter Burns. With the help of poet Keith Armstrong, who published Ripyard Cuddling’s Shipyard Muddling and More Muddling, Amber explores the richness of the work, drawing on Bruce Rae’s photographs, it’s own film archive, as well as Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen’s documentation of the community of Wallsend, watching the awe-inspiring ships grow and get launched at the end of their streets.

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