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Idea of the North

Colleagues from the School are taking part in the Idea of North exhibition which is being hosted at the Baltic, Gateshead.  The exhibition aims to look at our sense of community, place and belonging with displays that 'converge in the exploration of northern imagination, unpicking and revealing difference voices within the idea of a 'northern' identity.

Within the exhibition Julia Heslop, alongside Harper Perry (Claire Harper and James Perry) present 'Protohome', a pavilion which addresses issues of housing crisis, homelessness and participation in the built environment.  Built on site at the BALTIC, in collaboration with members of Crisis, the national charity for single homelessness, the work displays provocations for more participatory forms of housing.  It presents Harper Perry's Self Build Guild and documentation of the first iteration of Protohome in the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle.  The pavilion invites the visitor to learn more about the state of housing today and the potential for a radical rethink of how housing is produced.  Following the exhibition the structure will be relocated and extended to form a new community space at the Holy Biscuit in Shieldfield, Newcastle.

Ben Bridgens’ and Graham Farmer’s work on responsive materials and material ageing is also featured, as are texts by Mark Tewdwr-Jones, Ed Wainwright and Steve Graham.

The event is also co-funded by Newcastle City Futures.

Idea of North - the 4th floor of the Baltic, open 11 May - 30 September. 


Idea of the North

published on: 15 May 2018