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BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art

The BxNU Institute is a base for world-class teaching and mentorship in contemporary art practice and research, generated by the dynamic partnership between BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University.

The BALTIC Professor, Andrea Phillips, together with a network of internationally active artists, academics and curators lead the Institute’s energetic post graduate community, which includes the Northumbria-Sunderland AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Art and Design and the BxNU Master of Fine Arts course.

The Institute fosters research and experimentation in curatorial and art practice through its lively programme of collaborative BxNU public events and discussions.

Research Environment

The vibrant studio culture of postgraduate research at the BxNU Institute includes MFA, MRes and MA Art and Education students as well as a large cohort of practice-based Fine Art PhD researchers.

Teaching and supervision benefits from the Institute’s direct proximity to BALTIC’s stunning 300sq m, top floor galleries. These spaces are managed by BALTIC and offer artists and guest curators the creative freedom to experiment and stretch the boundaries of critical art practice as well as being the site for the MFA graduating exhibition.  Talks and symposia are organised in response to the gallery’s innovative programme of exhibitions and collaborative events, like the interdisciplinary Meeting Place discussion series and the Peer to Peer and BxNU RESPOND programmes all embody the spirit of openness and exchange at BALTIC 39.

Several, often overlapping, research clusters operate within the BxNU Institute including The Cultural Negotiation of Science – a group of staff and research students whose practices involve a variety of ‘negotiations’ with expert cultures - or NEUSCHLOSS, a group of artists, writers and curators working with or at Northumbria University with specific relation to experimental curatorial and exhibition practices. Reading and research groups are also initiated from within the student body itself; current examples are the The Negative Affect and The Performance Research Group.