From 'The Station' © Chris Killip

The Station
by Chris Killip

24.09.20 - 20.12.20

This exhibition presents Chris Killip’s photographs taken at The Station music venue in Gateshead in 1985. The Station is a dedicated performance and rehearsal space established by The Gateshead Music Collective, after their previous venue was threatened with closure.

‘In 1985 I was photographing nightlife venues in Newcastle when someone told me about The Station. I was amazed by the energy and feel of the place. It was totally different; run for and by the people who went there. I stopped going to other venues to photograph there on Saturday nights. Nobody ever asked me where I was from or even who I was.’ – Chris Killip

These images were recently discovered by Killip’s son, who found a box of contact sheets made by his father 30 years previous and had laid unseen in Killip’s archives. They document the style, theatricality and raw energy of the counter-culture Punk movement which flourished under Thatcher’s government in the UK.

We have put in place the following measures to ensure the safety of visitors and staff at the Foundation.

– limiting the gallery to a maximum capacity of 12 people to ensure social distancing can be maintained
– providing hand sanitiser that must be used upon arrival
– distributing hand sanitiser throughout the gallery
– ensuring that windows and doors are open to create a well ventilated environment
– increased cleaning across the gallery, studio and library
– installing social distancing markers in the gallery
– removing cash payments from the shop. Please bring a contactless card to purchase books, postcards and MPF ephemera

Only visit when you, and everyone in your party, feels well and are symptom free.

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Photo – The Station, 1985. © Chris Killip, 2020