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CSN (Colour Studio Northumbria)

Colour Studio Northumbria is a facility dedicated to theresearch, teaching and practice of contemporary painting and is located within the heart of the City Campus fine art studios. The Studio is a focus for the critical debate and discussion of both the changing dynamics of current attitudes to painting, the expanded field, and painting as a medium specific activity, informed by traditional approaches to colour and materiality.

Led by students, tutors or invited artists, ‘CSN Conversations’ are scheduled weekly during term time, and provide a forum for staff and students, from undergraduate to PhD, to engage in a dialogue about diverse approaches to contemporary painting and thinking and making.

Sue Spark, Head of Painting, Charles Danby, UG Programme Leader and Helen Baker, Emeritus Professor are the lead members of the CSN Research Group. Paul Helliwell is the Lead Technician for the facility. In 2015, year three student Rebecca Gavigan and Graduate Fellows, Dan Davies and Rachael MacArthur will also be contributing to the development of CSN.

Colour Studio Northumbria was established in 2012, coinciding with Lisa Milroy’s exhibition ‘Ivory Lamp Mars Vine Bone’, and the ‘Dark Matter’ symposium at Gallery North. The exhibition and symposium both engaged with the possibilities offered by a single colour, but also considered touch, intention and the physical presence of colour as material and began an ongoing research project and collaboration between staff and students at the Slade School of Art, Helsinki Academy of Fine Art and Northumbria University. 

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