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FOLD Exhibition


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An innovative exhibition showcasing the work of Contemporary Arts and Education Masters students from Northumbria University, Newcastle opens in August as part of the Great Exhibition of the North Inspired by programme.

The event celebrates the creative development of Contemporary Arts and Education students across the academic year as artists, teachers and educators and features work by final year students Peter Corkish, Amanda Heagren, Ali Holden, Daniel Hughes, Michaela Noble and Leo Underwood.

Dr Judy Thomas, Programme Leader MA Fine Art / Contemporary Arts and Education, said:

“The students have been on an exciting journey where they have challenged and reshaped their individual practice in the studio and across situations of learning; this has resulted in a unique exhibition, demonstrating the diversity and innovative development achieved through a sense of critical enquiry and material investigation.

“The course has enabled them to collaborate and experiment allowing them to take risks, challenge previous presumptions of tradition, medium and practice.

“This indicates a broadening awareness and consideration to how their work is received within a social context. This also reflects their roles as Artist Educators and the generosity with which they share their enthusiasm and knowledge within their learning environments. It has also resulted in a highly professional and thought provoking show. It is great to celebrate this alongside the context of the Great Exhibition of the North.”

Vicky Sturrs, Head of Learning and Civic Engagement, BALTIC, said “I’m excited by this year’s cohort, their artistic and education practices, and how they’ve explored the two together. This show is the artistic culmination of two years of work for them and it feels really fitting that the students have been able to celebrate this achievement alongside the Great Exhibition of the North. BALTIC has a long history of supporting and inspiring teachers, educators, pupils and institutions through powerful and meaningful engagements with contemporary art. I look forward to seeing this cohort flourish in their own settings and continue to do the same as Artist Teachers.”

About the programme

The MA Contemporary Arts and Education course is a unique collaboration between BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University. This distinctive postgraduate experience, delivered in partnership, supports working teachers and educationalists to establish or enhance their combined practices as artist and facilitator at masters’ level.

Students make and talk about art through a dynamic, student-led process framed within the context of contemporary art alongside learning and teaching enquiry. The crucial relationship between a personal creative practice and the methods of teaching art are extended through artist-led projects and gallery learning as well as the more individual traditions of a studio practice.

FOLD launches at Northumbria University with a private viewing from 6pm-8pm on Friday 24 August

The FOLD exhibition will follow a series of presentations made by the Year 2 students, taking place at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art on Friday 24 August. For more information, please click here.




Event Details

Squires Annexe
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


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