ART exhibition ‘Milkilling’ revealed the stunning work created by the first postgraduate students to complete the new BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art – Northumbria University Master of Fine Arts degree (BxNU MFA). Northumbria is in the UK top 10 for research power in Arts and Design. Northumbria is rated top 25 in the UK for its Art and Design research environment.
The art industry, academics, students and the public were invited to come and see thirty different works by seven artists, produced in a variety of mediums ranging from performance to architectural photography, at BALTIC 39, which is located on High Bridge in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. BALTIC 39 is a vibrant community of practising artists located on High Bridge in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne.
BALTIC’s Director, Godfrey Worsdale, addressed the audience on the night followed by a speech from Northumbria University’s Keith McIntyre Professor of Fine Art.
The BxNU MFA partnership began in 2014 when a group of talented art graduates were selected to start creating work in BALTIC 39, where the course is based. The contemporary art complex houses postgraduate students and researchers from Northumbria who work and create alongside more than 30 studio holders, and a range of curators, visiting artists and the public visiting the ongoing exhibitions in BALTIC’s project space.
BALTIC professor and Turner Prize Nominee Christine Borland who curated the exhibition said: “The graduating exhibition ‘Milkilling’ marked a celebration of the success of this new course, in a new building, run by a new partnership. These circumstances came together, like the ‘milk’ and the ‘illing’ to form something full of life and new possibilities.
“The appetite for critically engaged dialogue has influenced the way the structure of this new course has developed: ‘Peer to Peer’ is a series of crits and discussions between BALTIC Crew and the students which has happened throughout the course, focussing in turn on work in the studios and the exhibition space.
“‘BxNU Respond’ has similarly built on the opportunities for parley over the two years. The majority of the students that exhibited have had proposals selected and have been mentored to develop a (mostly performative) public event which responds to, or confronts, an exhibition in the project spaces.
“The intimacy which the students have developed with their immediate context over two years comes through clearly in work which is firmly rooted in this space and place but which faces confidently outward.”
BxNU MFA student David Bilbrough collaborated with a North East business through his work using Newcastle based-architecture practice Ryder and Yates’ archive of the city’s North Kenton Estate from the 1960s to develop work which evokes a yearning for a time when architecture promised a hope for a better future.
Meanwhile, Rachel Errington incorporated her love of punk music and participation in zine culture, to drive her exploration of the ‘minor’ body in relation to the contemporary cultural and political landscape. Rachel developed ideas for her final exhibition piece when she performed in the ‘BxNU Respond’ programme earlier this year in reaction to BALTIC 39’s exhibition on vinyl in the build up to World Record Day.
Rachel and David’s work went on show alongside work from Lily Mellor, Gethin Wyn Jones, Tim Croft, Joanna Hutton, Ricky James and a collaborative piece from Mellor and James.
Keith McIntyre, Professor of Fine Art at Northumbria University said: “Students and staff have worked hard to make this new course a success and BALTIC colleagues across learning and engagement, technical and curatorial teams have been generous partners and critical friends.
“Our first cohort was exhibiting an impressive legacy at ‘Milkilling’ and I’m sure they will go on to great things, we’re looking forward to this course and partnership growing and developing artistic talent in years to come.”
‘Milkilling’ is open from 3 – 21 June 2015,
Wednesday – Sunday: 12.00 – 18.00,
Thursday: 12.00 – 20.00
Preview is on Monday 15 June 2015, 18.00 – 20.00.
Students from across the Art and Design faculties will be revealing their work at the REVEAL previews on campus on Tuesday 16 June 2015.
Anyone wanting to find out more about how to launch their creative career at Northumbria can sign up for the University’s open days on 26 and 27 June by visiting: www.northumbria.ac.uk/openday
For more information on Northumbria University’s art and design degree shows, see: www.northumbria.ac.uk/degreeshows
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