The Fine Art building houses some of the best student studio provision in the country, from the open-plan First Year studios designed for project work to purpose-built Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking and Digital Media studios including many individual postgraduates work spaces. We also house designated gallery spaces, seminar rooms, a large lecture theatre and all students have the use of the award winning Robinson Library and Computer Clusters around the university.
We also have a designated drawing studio in which life-room and other drawing projects take place and a large outdoor construction yard suitable for large scale and dirty work.
Our sculpture facilities include fully equipped metal and wood workshops as well as casting facilities and kilns for biscuit and glaze firing. All workshops are supported by full time technicians.
Both workshops are well equipped with an extensive range of metal and woodwork machinery. Technical help is on hand in each area to provide expert advice and guidance. New students undergo workshop induction sessions that cover health and safety, use of materials and equipment training.
Our Woodwork Shop is well equipped and supports students wishing to work with wood in the development of their practice.The woodwork technician Joe Sallis also assists students wishing to make stretchers.
Our Metalwork Shop is well equipped and supports students wishing to work with metals in the development of their practice: facilities include welding apparatus as well as a forge and a range of cutting and finishing tools, drills and lathes.
The metalwork technician Steve Rowarth also oversees the School's casting facilities and kilns.
Our recently refurbished digital media suite in Fine Art caters for the rapidly expanding field of digital video, image manipulation, sound art and web-based work. It is mainly based around Apple Mac workstations running Final Cut, Adobe Creative Suite and Macromedia Studio as well as a series of Open Source creative tools. A collection of digital stills and video cameras, microphones and lights can be booked for student use. The University's Audio Visual Services also provides an excellent service in all aspect of photography, video and large format printing from computer disc. There is a four screen projection room which is used for multiple projection projects and to exhibit final work.
For more information about these facilities and for a list of all the available equipment please contact Mick Hedley.
Our well equipped printmaking studio is geared towards making the most of contemporary printmaking practice. A wide range of processes are supported, including:
There is also a darkroom available with facilities for black and white developing and printing. In addition, Fine Art's printmaking facilities are located close to the Digital Media Suite which is equiped with the latest digital image manipulation packages (including Adobe Photoshop) and film editing software. For more information about these facilities please contact Erika Servin.
Linking the old and new sections of the Fine Art building is a gallery space. This Long Gallery is used by Fine Art students for exhibitions on a regulare basis and also presents work from other institutions.
Past exhibitions have included exchange exhibitions with the Academy in Bratislava, art schools from Germany, student work from Glasgow and Aberdeen, and collaborations between Fine Art and Architecture students. Other spaces around the Fine Art Building are also available for students to show their work.
We also have the Project Gallery which exhibits research work from staff and students.
We are housed in the same building as the Hatton Gallery, one of the largest exhibition spaces in North East England, which is capable of accommodating all but the largest touring exhibitions. The Hatton's permanent collection consists of works of art from five centuries and includes the Elterwater Merzbarn construction by Kurt Schwitters. Both the BA and the Master of Fine Art Degree shows are exhibited in the Hatton Gallery, Long Gallery, Project Gallery and the Fine Art studios.
The Fine Art Materials Shop, which is housed in the same building as the Hatton Gallery, stocks a wide range of art materials at very competitive prices. More specialist supplies can be ordered on request.