At Newcastle University, we see our campus as a thriving, exciting environment at the heart of the city centre, to be used and enjoyed by students, staff and people just passing through!
Public art is an integral part of our commitment to improving the external look and feel of the campus.
A programme of temporary and permanent art installations began last summer, when the sculpture Wild Horses, by Architecture, Planning and Landscape graduate, Ciarán Treanor, took up temporary residence on Claremont Quad.
From November, a series of iconic artworks by Newcastle University Fine Art graduate, Joe Hillier, are to be installed across campus. Generation is a group of three large sculptural human heads which will eventually form a focal point in the new Student Forum being created adjacent to the recently refurbished Students’ Union Building.
Each head is made using a different metal, and the pieces present methods of making, materials and geometries redolent of different eras of human and industrial production.
Generation will be joined by another of Hillier’s works, Humankind, early in the New Year.
As well as introducing new works designed to publicise and celebrate student success, the University's investment in landscaping its public areas will also include the restoration of the steel and aluminium 'spinning nebula' sculpture in the Herschel quad, which was produced in the 1960s for the former Physics Department by Geoffrey Clarke RA.