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Apply now for BxNU Master of Fine Art
David Reynolds, Profoundly Massive Tiny Darlings, Digital Video Still, 2020.

Apply now for BxNU Master of Fine Art at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle Entrance is free

The role of an artist is not what it used to be. It has grown and expanded in multiple directions. Today, artists are not found exclusively in studios or garrets, leading a solitary existence, but collaborating with NASA, advising government bodies, working with communities, disrupting online spaces, or rallying as activists. They are writers, curators, mothers, innovators, educators, and project managers. The BxNU Institute not only recognises this developing culture of embedded, collaborative, transdisciplinary artistic practice but exists in order to foster and perpetuate it. If you’re on the hunt for a contemporary alternative to traditional art education, or looking to learn about and become part of a more diverse, networked, socially transformative cultural sector, this is something to check out.

The Institute is a partnership between BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University, and operates as an experimental centre for international artistic and curatorial research and practice, developing exhibitions, public projects, discussions and events. It is directed by BALTIC Professor Andrea Phillips and was created to help make both institutions’ research and practice public. Much of its activity is generated by its flagship programme: the BxNU Masters in Fine Art – a two-year-long intensive course that positions fine art as an exploratory form of research activity driving the creation of new forms of aesthetic expression and social connectedness.

The BxNU MFA is also set apart from other MFA degree courses by its unusually small cohorts – fostering a collective environment centred around co-production in addition to tailored, one-to-one support – and its internationally renowned faculty of artists, curators and writers. The dynamic syllabus has a combined technical and academic focus, and is shaped by Northumbria cross-faculty staff, BALTIC staff and invited artists, members of the local cultural community, and international guests, as well as the students themselves. The course additionally provides access to collective studios, public-facing project spaces and outstanding technical facilities embedded within Newcastle and Gateshead’s creative communities.

Perhaps most important, however, is the opportunity it creates for students to enter into a sustained collaborative relationship with BALTIC curatorial and educational staff, helping to shape its programmes and provide experience operating within a world-leading public art institution.

Art education is by no means dead, it’s simply changing. Whilst still operating within a university context, the BxNU offers much more than your standard art school degree. With real-world integration and an opportunity to help pioneer a different future for the cultural sector, it’s an exciting prospect all round. Applications for the 2021 programme are now open.

Apply now for BxNU Master of Fine Art at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle Entrance is free

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Trakol
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Trakol

On the Gateshead quayside, underneath the Tyne bridge is one of the best locations to go for a meal in Newcastle and Gateshead. In what was once derelict land on the quayside, now exists a fantastic shipping container village of purposely rusted shipping containers.

Shipley Art Gallery
Newcastle
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Shipley Art Gallery

The Shipley Art Gallery can be found on Prince Consort Road (named after Queen Victoria’s Husband – Prince Albert) and was created in 1917 after Joseph Shipley, a local solicitor, bestowed his collection of 504 paintings to create a gallery for local people.

CBK Adventures
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CBK Adventures

CBK Adventures deliver award-winning coastal activities including guided tours and lessons in kayaking and paddle boarding.

Quayside
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Quayside

The Quayside of Newcastle (and its sister town of Gateshead) is a hugely popular location in the city, featuring seven bridges spanning the impressive river, linking Newcastle to Gateshead and providing scope for many walks and tourist attraction.

Live Theatre
Newcastle
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Live Theatre

The Live Theatre has a fantastic reputation for developing, writing and producing new plays and shows every year. The Live Theatre started in 1973. It was at first a traveling theatre company, which started by telling stories that were relatable to daily life in the North East of England and presented these plays to local people – which it has continued to do to this day.

The Side Gallery
Newcastle
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The Side Gallery

The Side Gallery can be found on a small medieval street down by Newcastle’s Quayside. The Gallery itself is inside of an old warehouse, which by itself is a fantastic building to explore. Once you have entered the gallery, you are walking into one of the most important collections of film and photography in the British Isles.

Newcastle Castle
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Newcastle Castle

Discover the castle that gave Newcastle its name, taking in a 12th-century fortress that has been added to over the centuries.

Boiler Shop
Newcastle
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Boiler Shop

A Grade II* Listed former locomotive works from the 1820’s, now and events space hosting some of Newcastle’s most exciting event; from live performances, club nights and exhibitions, to food and drink festivals.

The Literary and Philosophical Society
Newcastle
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The Literary and Philosophical Society

A stone’s throw from Newcastle’s Central Station, and around the corner from Newcastle’s Castle, is The Lit and Phil. Only a few years younger than Manchester’s, The Lit and Phil is the second oldest literary and philosophical society in the United Kingdom.

Gateshead
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Saltwell Park

Nestled in the heart of Gateshead, the beautiful, historical grounds of Saltwell Park are a perfect place to spend the day.

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