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.
'Youth Unemployment', 'Elswick Kids' and 'Juvenile Jazz Bands' have been published and are available to buy from Bluecoat Press.
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 showed six images from my mams 1983 exhibition ‘London By Night’ as part of their ‘London Nights’ exhibition, which ran from 11th May - 11th November 2018. They have now acquired all six prints for their permanent collection.
Tish Murtha: Works 1976-1991 was a retrospective exhibition which was held at The Photographers Gallery 15th June-14th October 2018. It included 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 was co-curated by Val Williams and Gordon MacDonald with Karen McQuaid. Although this exhibition has now ended, we are looking into possible touring venues.
In 2019, the Royal Photographic Society held a public vote to recognise historical heroines who have made major contributions to both the art and science of photography. I'm so proud to say that my mam was voted number 1 - thank you to everyone who took the time to vote! You can read more about the campaign in May edition of the Royal Photographic Society Journal.
I am 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.