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BxNU Master of Fine Art

The BxNU Master of Fine Art offers training for artists in a contemporary context in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. It is a two-year intensive course that offers:

  • Expert guidance on the development of your practice in a research-rich environment and with an internationally renowned Faculty of artists, curators and writers;
  • A unique partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art offering professional development opportunities with curatorial, educational and technical staff;
  • A focus on performance, collaboration and coproduction with international partners and in the context of Newcastle and Gateshead’s welcoming artist-led and curatorial organisation scene;
  • A focus on self-sufficiency and sustainability within the cultural sector;
  • A milieu of critical peer-led and professional inquiry where you have the chance to work together to develop and diversify your practice.

Today, artists have an increasingly public role in the development of collaborative, community-inspired, ecologically-driven and socially just worlds. Artists are innovators not simply as individual producers but also as spatial experts, sonic arrangers, institution-builders, project managers, technical inventors, education, housing and health campaigners, practitioners of equality.

Thousands of artists work in different capacities in the cultural field. MFA Fine Art develops artists who recognise the future of cultural work as creative, diverse, economically distinct, collaborative and sociable.

On the BxNU MFA Fine Art students are introduced to a variety of dynamic modes of production and also have the opportunity to develop their skills as researchers. You are provided with flexible studio space as well as a large collective space which you organise, curate and develop as a peer group. In addition, our partnership with BALTIC offers access to a world-class institution’s curators.

Throughout the programme through our partnership with BALTIC there are opportunities to interact with artists, writers and curators as well as technical, archiving, educational, marketing and design teams who are working to develop exhibitions and events at BALTIC and BALTIC 39.

You will also access a broad range of practicing artists, curators and theorists via our weekly visiting lecture series and events in the BxNU Experimental Studio and Gallery North. As an MFA student, you will be able to help programme talks and symposia organised by the BxNU Institute and participate in collaborative events initiated by BALTIC curators, all of which embody the spirit of openness and exchange in the city and region.

Contact: Professor Dean Hughes, Department of the Arts, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, United Kingdom dean.hughes@northumbria.ac.uk

Previous MFA Graduate Exhibition Films

2019 Until We Run Out Of Roads
2018 You Kept Me Vaguely Sane
2017 I Remember Most What Never Happened
2016 There Were Islands
2015 Milkilling