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Tish Murtha Exhibition

We are so excited to bring Tish Murtha’s iconic Juvenile Jazz Bands photographs home to Elswick in partnership with The Tish Murtha Archive.

Public exhibition dates: 2 – 22 March 2023.
Free entry but donations are welcome
Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm (women only) Saturday-Sunday, 10am-2pm (open to all)

Tish was born in South Shields in 1956, but later moved to Elswick. She photographed the lives of her friends, family and community to highlight and confront the social challenges she saw and experienced.

Juvenile Jazz Bands was Tish’s very first exhibition made while she was employed through a Youth Opportunity Programme at Side Gallery and shown there in 1979 before touring. The Jazz Bands were children’s marching bands, and a distinct North East phenomenon in the 1970’s and 80’s. The young people she photographed as part of the Juvenile Jazz Band exhibition showed how tenacious, resourceful, clever and resilient they were (and had to be) – Tish was always fiercely protective of them.

Many of our members were in jazz bands back in the day and we are very proud of Sophie Murtha, Tish’s niece who is an award-winning member of our Domestic Abuse Peer Educator team.

Come along and see if you can spot yourself or anyone you know and share your memories of Elswick and the Jazz Bands.

All photographs Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha all rights reserved.