Joe Seymour, Baltic’s first Foundation Club Young Artist in Residence, is a Newcastle-based artist and designer. He works in a wide range of media including print and digital. His bold graphic style draws from Soviet Modernism, Brutalist architecture, design, film, fashion and typography.
This lightbox commission A2B, The Long Way Home (2022), together with Seymour’s collection of prints (viewable on Level 2), was developed during his residency here at Baltic. The concept for the works came in lockdown when he took meandering walks around the city and discovered an interest in the architecture that is easily overlooked, finding a new appreciation for the intricacies of his surroundings. As the world returns to normal, and with it the pace of life, Seymour wanted to create a body of work as a gentle reminder to continue to appreciate beauty in the ordinary. This lightbox mural was collaged digitally and comprises his photography, printed using Risograph, overlaid with bold typography.
Foundation Club has been designed to support young people aged 16-24 from the North East to progress their artistic talent and realise their creative potential. During his residency, Seymour received mentoring support, access to a studio space and commissioning opportunities.
Visit this work in the foyer, opposite BALTIC Shop.