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Youth Rising in the UK 1981-2021

This new exhibition at Side Gallery brings together the work of nine photographers who have documented the young people in the UK over a period of 40 years. Rarely seen works by Chris Killip and Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen are shown alongside recent work by Alys Tomlinson, Maryam Wahid, Sadie Catt, Tom Sussex, Christopher Nunn, Paul Alexander Knox and Vanessa Winship. These photographers tenderly capture the awkward, surprising and passionate period of maturation into adulthood.

The ground floor gallery features works by 43 student photographers from Sunderland University and the University of West England, Bristol created between 2019 and 2021.

β€˜In drawing together a spectrum of stories from across the UK this extensive exhibition seeks to question, imagine and value what it means to be a young person today. A generation that must navigate the legacy of the Covid-19 pandemic, global campaigns for racial justice, and unparalleled ability to represent themselves in the online space. They are forging futures and building on the legacy of those who came before them. Photographs are a critical platform to be seen, heard and remembered.’

Exhibition curator, Liz Hingley.