The Archive

 ​​​The Tish Murtha archive is the gift that keeps giving and this project is my gift to my mam. The very last thing I can do for her as her daughter.


Thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign, the 'Youth Unemployment' book was published in November 2017 and is now sold out - a second edition (paperback) is now on sale.


I have been working on some new publications from different projects within the archive, including a series by Café Royal Books which are now available.


I am over the moon that the National Portrait Gallery have acquired six Tish Murtha prints for their collection, including a portrait of Chris Killip at his home in February 1986.



© Ella Murtha

The Museum Of London will be showing six images from my mams 1983 exhibition ‘London By Night’ as part of their ‘London Nights’ exhibition, which runs 11th May - 11th November 2018.


Tish Murtha: Works 1976-1991 is a new retrospective exhibition which opens at The Photographers Gallery 15th June-14th October 2018. It includes 6 major bodies of work; Newport Pub (1976-1978); Elswick Kids (1978); Juvenile Jazz Bands (1979); Youth Unemployment (1981); London By Night (1983) and Elswick Revisited (1987-1991) using both vintage and contemporary prints plus correspondence and ephemeral material from the Tish Murtha Archive. The exhibition is co-curated by Val Williams and Gordon MacDonald with Karen McQuaid.


You can follow the progress of this on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


I am also delighted to be working with Artimage who are now managing requests for image usage rights. 


I'm having such a wonderful time doing this project and I am meeting some amazing people who are being introduced to me via my mam from beyond the grave. I hope that by doing this I am in some way making up for the sacrifices that Tish made for me career-wise when I came along, and that I can make her proud.

Ella Murtha