Fine Art Research and Teaching at Newcastle University

Newcastle’s reputation is built on inspirational teaching, alongside excellent facilities and world-leading research and art practice.

Staff at Newcastle are engaged with contemporary art practice and research generated at the nexus of established and new practices, technologies and methodologies. Cutting-edge practice and research in fine art by our staff, results in a vibrant, creative culture and provides the basis for our excellent teaching. We encourage students to be imaginative and creative, to question orthodoxies, to cross boundaries, and to make their own mark in the contemporary art world.

Students studying Fine Art in the art school at Newcastle are taught by a group of distinguished artists and art historians who are all active practitioners, researchers and specialists in their fields. Our research and practice is disseminated in the form of exhibitions, installations interventions, books and other publications. 

Based at the very heart of Newcastle University's city-centre campus, the art school provides students, from undergraduate to postgraduate, with excellent workshops and studio spaces, support by excellent technicians, and a superb Visiting Artists Programme

The department is committed to supporting and engaging with the full range of both traditional, contemporary and emerging studio-based practices in Fine Art; whether a student is working with painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, performance, film and video, digital media, or installation, we are able to provide a unique level and quality of support.

What we do

Newcastle is one of the best and most vibrant cities in the UK in which to study and make contemporary visual art. It has a thriving art scene with numerous artists studios and galleries. The Fine Art department is at the centre of this and provides a supportive, challenging and inspiring environment in which to study Fine Art, as well as one in which staff engage in world-leading art-historical and practice-led research. 

Fine Art at Newcastle is also home to the Hatton Gallery, and we are part of the University's Institute for Creative Arts Practice, which supports Creative Practice in other subjects across the university. These and other partnerships - in the city and the region, in the UK, and on the international stage, are key to many of our staff’s individual, collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects.

News, views and events

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The joint research project explores work opportunities for artists in East Africa.
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Artist Michael Lyons discusses his exhibition 'Machines and Myths', his career, and his links to Newcastle University.
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In 2020, Newcastle University and Northumbria University will co-host the Association for Art History’s 46th Annual Conference.
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Our annual Fine Art Degree Shows showcase the work of our students who help to make our department one of the country's finest.
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Professor Andrew Burton talks about his large AHRC-funded research project working with the National Trust and English Heritage.
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Our Visiting Speakers Programme is a public, weekly programme of research lectures and seminars from some of the most interesting and original artists, critics, curators, historians and art professionals working today.
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Newcastle University has everything. Good facilities, excellent staff and numerous connections to wider cultural organisations.

Luke, Fine Art student

Thinking of studying with us?

At Newcastle, you'll discover new passions and make friends that will last a lifetime. Students are at the heart of everything we do. We are continually investing in our campus, facilities and opportunities, to make sure you have the best experience possible.

Beautiful city campus

Our campus is a visually-stunning blend of red-brick buildings and modern architecture, in the heart of one of the UK's favourite student cities.

Gold-rated teaching

We consistently deliver outstanding teaching for our students. We're proud to have achieved Gold Award in the UK Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Excellent student experience

Our students have rated us 7th in the UK for overall student experience, and 4th in the UK for social life (The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018).