© Ella Murtha

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.



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