Contemporary Art Practice in the Heart of the City
The School of Arts and Social Sciences, Northumbria University opened in 2009 its very own contemporary exhibition space - Gallery North - and an exciting new artist’s studio resource - Graduate Studios Northumbria.
Situated in Squires Building on Sandyford Road in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne - one of the most vibrant cities in the UK with a flourishing arts scene and home to numerous cultural venues and creative spaces – Gallery North and Graduate Studio Northumbria offer a formidable and unique enterprise area in the Contemporary Arts, supporting and developing innovation, research, production, professional networking and exhibition practices.
Complimentary to the prestigious University Art Gallery, Gallery North’s specific brief relates to the distinctive needs of the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
A quality learning resource
Gallery North is the venue for a range of practice-led undergraduate and postgraduate activities. It allows students studying the arts, media, humanities and social sciences to gain first hand experience of developing, staging and presenting art, media and performance events.
At the same time Gallery North provides opportunities for all students to develop and embed professional practice and employability via cultural activities. This is underpinned by a number of related activities in which students can engage such as internships, exhibition organisation, and event management.
A dynamic research environment
At the core of this exciting new initiative is a commitment to cutting-edge research that explores theoretical, practical, historical and applied themes that develop from specific disciplines, but which also allows for interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary thinking.
The vision of Gallery North is that it is a vital public face of the School; thus all programmes and activities must be exemplary in terms of quality, governance and image.
A professional exhibition space
The gallery is designed and built to a high specification. It is well-equipped and professionally managed, it provides opportunities for staff to work in a ‘hands-on’ way, and it offers students a model of how professionals ‘practice’ in their fields, whilst also engaging with our alumni by exhibiting their work.
Whilst offering vital space for final year degree shows, Gallery North also showcases work by current and ex-staff and alumni and is the venue for a number of curated exhibitions of work by national and international artists.
Gallery North has a smaller dedicated experimental space, Gallery North Projects for smaller and shorter exhibitions.
Gallery North has also produced a number of publications based around the exhibitions it hosts which are available to purchase from our School of Arts and Social Sciences Academic Press site.
Situated above Gallery North, Graduate Studio Northumbria is a dynamic new Centre for Professional Practice and has been created to help graduate artists develop their practice and activate professional contacts across the arts, business and community networks.
A professional artist community
Northumbria University is proud of the reputation of its arts graduates. Each year an energised cohort of artists present their work through a number of Degree shows through exhibitions, performances and film presentations.
The School of Arts and Social Sciences has created Graduate Studio Northumbria to help these talented artists develop their practice and activate professional contacts across the arts, business and community networks.
A place for enterprise
GSN is also a centre of excellence for professional practice in the Arts. It provides a multi-disciplinary teaching resource and is the focal point for the delivery of personal and professional skills development.
Resident artists work in generous studio spaces, and have access to business support, dedicated office equipment and an archive / library. The Graduate Studio includes one large area for messy production and temporary displays and a clean room for meetings, seminars, conferences.