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Warwick Stafford Research Fellowship

Northumbria University is pleased to announce the new Warwick Stafford Fellow for 2017 is artist Kathryn Elkin.

The Belfast-born artist is well-known for her use of roleplaying and improvisation within her work and her interest in shared 'cultural' memories, such as those produced by popular music, television and cinema.

Her videos often focus on a particular artist, song, writer or performer, to which she applies personal methods of translation, transcription and representation.

In addition to a £20,000 bursary, Northumbria will also provide Kathryn with studio space in the BALTIC-Northumbria University (BxNU) Institute for Contemporary Art at BALTIC 39 – a community of practicing artists opened in 2012 as a collaborative venture between Northumbria University, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle City Council and Arts Council England.

Kathryn will also receive technical support, engagement with the University’s community of postgraduate and PhD arts researchers and access to leading academics and internationally renowned artists. The year-long fellowship will culminate in a solo exhibition towards the end of 2017.

Kathryn said: “I am absolutely delighted to be chosen as the Warwick Stafford Fellow. This comes at a crucial point in my career and in addition to providing me with space and means to develop my practice, I will use this opportunity to connect and establish myself within my new context of Newcastle and the North East.

“I am very much looking forward to meeting and collaborating with peers at Northumbria University, BALTIC 39 and BxNU. This fellowship is unique in its holistic and generous support. I will do my best to take advantage of the very special circumstance I have been afforded.”

The 2015/16 fellowship was held by Stuart Tait. Details of Stuart’s work, along with previous Fellows, Eleanor Wright (2012/13), Luke McCreadie (2013/14) and Laurence Kavanagh (2014/15), can be viewed on the BALTIC 39 website at

Page header image: Dame 2, 2016. Video still, credit K Elkin

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