chapman_280With support from Baring Foundation and Arts Council England, Side Gallery has launched the Homelands commission to generate new documentary production exploring the stories centred around the radical cultural transformation of the North East. Three commissions of £3000 each will be awarded to cover this type of work, which will run parallel to Amber’s new feature film, which is concerned with the same territory. Major photography-based multimedia commissions have been awarded to Peter Fryer and David Campbell, who are developing work on South Shields and the Burmese Diaspora, respectively.

More information and how to apply is available here.

Image above: A former All Burma Students’ Democratic Front soldier greets his son on the housing estate where they live in Sheffield. On the Thailand/Burma frontier, he had been detained by Burma Army soldiers who repeatedly tortured him and forced him to dig his own grave, and who would have executed him had orders not come through from a higher authority that they needed to further interrogate him. The family was resettled in the UK by the UN. © Dean Chapman