Born 1955 -  Ashington Northumberland England

On seeing an exhibition of paintings in 1977 by 'The Ashington Group' - 'The Pitmen Painters'- a group of Ashington men brought together in 1934 by the Workers’ Educational Association for Art Appreciation classes, Mik Critchlow realised the value of art as a social document, the visual representation of everyday life by one’s own experiences and knowledge.

In the same year, after several years as a merchant seaman, he returned to study Art & Graphic Design in his native Northumberland, whilst in his first year at college he received a commission by MidNAG (Mid Northumberland Art Group) to produce an exhibition documenting his home town of Ashington - Once reputed to be the largest coal mining village in the World.

The son of a miner, he worked within the community with a deep-rooted empathy for his subjects, documenting the area and its people during a rapid period of social and environmental change.




Mik's work has been published/featured in many publications including:


'Under The Rainbow' - Bloodaxe Books 1992

'Durham Past Present Future' - Queen Anne Press 1993

'Car Crazy' - Barry Stone 2001

'Igloos In The Sun' - Barry Stone 2004


Seamen - The NUS Strike 1988-1989

 Black Diamond Press 2013 - Limited Edition Sold Out


'Britain's Lost Mines' - Chris Arnot - Aurum Press 2013

'Up There'  -  Michael Walker - DeCoubertin Books 2014


The British Journal of Photography 

Amateur Photographer

Creative Camera

The Architects Journal

 The Landworker

Nicaragua Today

The Independant

The Guardian

Cricket World


1987-2016: Various Schools/Art Centre Residencies Including:

Durham County Council Arts Libraries Museums

'Silloth Residency 1992 -  Raymond Moore Photo Trail'  -  Image: Andy Mortimer


Silloth On Solway Middle School Cumbria - Photographer In Residence

Coquet High School Amble - Photographer In Residence

Queens Hall Arts Centre Hexham-Documentary Photography

Riverbank Special School

Netherton Park Social Services Children's Assessment Centre

Alexandra County First School

Coates Endowed Middle School Ponteland Northumberland

Northumberland Libraries-Alnwick & Berwick Upon Tweed-’Tomorrows History’

Alnwick Playhouse Darkrooms

Wansbeck Community Initiative Centre

Northumbria Probation Service

Saint Benet Biscop High School-Bedlington

Northumberland College

Helix Arts Newcastle - ISSP Northumberland 'My Take'

BAIT - 'The Share' - Guide Post CIU Social Club

Buddleia Arts Projects / BAIT -  'The Hirst'




1979 "Ashington A Personal View"
Wansbeck Square Gallery - Ashington

1980 "Northern Arts Awards Show" (Group Show)
Spectro Arts Gallery - Newcastle Upon Tyne

1982 "The Third Brunel Photo Show" (Group Show)
Brunel University -London
+ National Touring Show

1982 "Work in Progress"
Woodhorn Church Gallery

1984 "Photographers in Support of the Miners"

(Group Show & Print Auction)
Untitled Gallery - Sheffield
Royal Festival Hall - London
Stills Gallery - Edinburgh


1987 "Ashington A Coal Mining Town"
Side Gallery - Newcastle Upon Tyne
+ Regional Touring Side Shows

1988 "Seamen - The Ferries Dispute"
Side Gallery - Newcastle Upon Tyne
+ Regional Touring Side Shows

1990 "Nicaragua Libre"
Side Gallery - Newcastle upon Tyne

1990 "Index Photographers" (Group Show)

Galerie 4 - Cheb - Czech Republic

1993 Darlington Art Gallery

1993 "Cricket - More Than A Game"
DLI Museum / Durham Art Gallery
MCC Museum - Lords Cricket Ground - London
Grey Art Gallery - Hartlepool
The Bowes Museum - Barnard Castle

1994 "Unclear Family" (Group Show)

Crook Civic Centre - County Durham
Side Gallery - Newcastle
Galerie 4 - Cheb - Czech Republic
Lucioles - France
Ruhrland Museum - Germany

1994 "Seafarers"
Side Gallery - Newcastle Upon Tyne
+ Touring Side Shows

2001 'Car Crazy' - Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne

2004  'Photography & Film' - Side Gallery Newcastle Upon Tyne (Group Show)

2009 'Northern Spirit' - (Multimedia) Laing Art Gallery - Newcastle Upon Tyne

2010 'We're All Photographers Now' - (Projections)  New York Photo Festival USA


         'The Share' - Image: Shellie Critchlow

2015  'The Share' - Woodhorn Museum & Archives  

2015  'For Ever Amber' - Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle (Group Show)