This year, artist and writer Amanda Beech has been invited to be Visiting Professor in Fine Art at Newcastle University. As part of this program Amanda has initiated two public symposia. These will explore the possibilities for politically committed art in the context of contingency. Amanda is currently Dean of Critical Studies at California Institute of the Arts and is an alumni of the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Art and Reason – How Art Thinks II is the second part of two symposia produced during her visit.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Friday March 11th, 4-7pm
Level 1 Lecture Theatre, Free Admission
Newcastle continues to be one of the best cities in the UK in which to study and make contemporary visual art. Its diverse and lively arts scene goes hand in hand with Newcastle University’s long and distinguished history in the practice of Fine Art.
The first School of Art at Newcastle was established in 1838, and as part of Durham and then Newcastle University, it has consistently maintained an excellent reputation as one of the UK leading centres for art education. Many distinguished artists have been associated with Newcastle, either as students or as teachers, and include for example Richard Hamilton, Victor Pasmore, Sean Scully and Susan Hiller. The department also houses one of the most iconic artworks of the twentieth century - the Elterwater 'Merzbarn', the final work of the German Dadaist Kurt Schwitters.
We have a long-standing commitment to the full range of both traditional and emerging studio-based practices, augmented by Art History and Critical Theory. We encourage and expect students to question orthodoxies and to cross boundaries. This vibrant creative and intellectual culture provides the basis for cutting-edge practice, research and scholarship for both staff and students.
At Newcastle you will be taught by some of the best researchers working nationally and internationally. Many of our staff have their studios in the Fine Art Building, which means that you will have the opportunity to work alongside a range of leading artists.Some of their work, and that of current PhD students can be seen here: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/sacs/fineart/
Visit this page for a virtual tour of the campus and the Hatton Gallery: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/tour/campus/hatton-gallery/