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Prospect Us

Prospect Us

Prospect Us explores the social, emotional and political impact of commodification of land, rapid urban development and studentification in Newcastle. Through art, satirical games and discussion we’ll examine the power imbalance between landowners, developers, long-term residents and students.

What prospects do students have, having been lured by a glossy prospectus into paying high rents to private
accommodation providers?

Prospect Us seeks to bring different groups together through an exhibition and events to discuss and share knowledge about the effects of studentification, and the commodification of land, housing and communities. A collaboration between SAW, BxNU institute, Newcastle University, artists and researchers. 

Exhibition opening hours

Tue, Wed, Thur: 11am-4pm
Sat 25 Sep & Sat 30 Oct: 1-4pm

Shieldfield Art Works
1 Clarence Street
Newcastle upon Tyne

Exhibition: 14 September - 26 November 2021

Felling | A new artwork by Julia Heslop – a series of largescale screenprints displayed on the exterior and interior of SAW highlighting what has been lost as a result of rapid and extractive forms of development. Displayed mid-September to mid-November 2021.

One Hundred and Thirty Million Pounds of Earth | A map created by Julia Heslop and Dwellbeing Shieldfield in 2019, which tracks the land ownership of all twenty blocks of student accommodation in Shieldfield, illustrating the scale and origin of the money used to fuel the rapid urban development. The display will include bricks from the original 3D installation and maps to take home.

Asset Arrest | A podcast series by artist Laura Yuile that explores different forms of financialised housing and its impact upon urban and global space, local/long-standing communities, and the very meaning of community. In each episode, Laura invites a guest to attend a viewing of a different residential property with her, with them both posing as potential buyers. See Newcastle city from inside its most exclusive spaces! Access property and views you can’t afford! This new episode will be available online and in the exhibition space.

Sure Profit | A playful take on the cosy family game of Risk, the boardgame Sure Profit will explore the emotional, financial and power value of land and student/local resident agency in a world where we’re all treated as consumers of housing, of land and the ‘student experience’. Play in the exhibition or purchase a small DIY pack. Designed and created in collaboration with Dr Mike Jeffries.

Factory Farming Zine | A zine designed by Dr Mike Jeffries – students need somewhere to live, but the utilitarian, cookiecutter student accommodation is reminiscent of mass-produced production lines… is this what our young people deserve?


Exhibition Preview | Friday 17 September, 6-8pm, SAW Bring your own picnic to enjoy together and explore the exhibition.

Mapping Shieldfield | Mapping workshops and make-at-home mapping packs to explore contested boundaries, public and privatised space. How do we define where we live? Do you feel left off the map?
What if we designed the map? If you live in (or have recently lived in) Shieldfield, you can get a mapping pack by emailing before 25th August 2021. Please include your name and
postal address. Facilitated by artist Lily Arnold.

Saturday 11 September, 10am-12pm. In-person mapping
workshop to make a large map of Shieldfield together, to be
displayed in the exhibition. Held at SAW, see website for details.

People, Profits or Prospects | Two informal, in-depth and communitycentred discussions about the effects of studentification with an expert panel (to be revealed in September). Held in BALTIC’s Front Room and chaired by Andrea Phillips, BALTIC Professor, Northumbria University, Director of the BxNU Institute and editor of Social Housing - Housing the Social: Art, Property and Spatial Justice (Sternberg, 2013).
Evening refreshments will be served. Keep an eye on our website for announcements on when you can book a space.

Wednesday 6 October, 6-8pm
Part 1: How can art reveal the relationship between communities, land and activism?

Wednesday 27 October, 6-8pm
Part 2: How does land ownership, use and commodification impact our communities?

I Spy in Shieldfield | Dates TBC
Participatory walks which playfully use the passive game of I Spy to discuss what we see, hear, feel and experience in Shieldfield. We’ll be spotting: architecture and nature; new student tower blocks and
Victorian terraces; community cafe and private gym. How do these things meet the needs of those who live, work, invest and play in Shieldfield? I Spy is a passive game - but who decides how Shieldfield is designed, built and ultimately seen by the wider world? Walks will include an invited expert in an area of knowledge pertinent to Shieldfield. Activity facilitated by Gemma Herries.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences