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-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.
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.