Christine Borland was appointed BALTIC Professor in November 2011.
BALTIC Professor Christine Borland is an artist with an established international reputation who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997. Her practice explores art, ethics, medical humanities and bio-politics. She gathers her source material as a result of time spent in institutions associated with medicine, observing and participating in their practices to create works that reinvest clinical observations with a human dimension, introducing aesthetics and ambiguity to an arena dominated by function and objectivity. She has worked in close collaboration with medical educationalists, leading Medical Humanities Modules to investigate the way medical students' engagement with contemporary arts practice could create understanding and potential collaboration between arts and medicine.
Professor Borland studied at The Glasgow School of Art and University of Ulster in Belfast, she was an Academic Researcher at The Glasgow School of Art and a Nesta Creative Fellow from 2006-2009. She has collaborated with the Medical Research Council's Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, the Medical School at Glasgow University and the Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry in Cornwall where she is a visiting Professor of Art. Her work has been shown internationally in numerous museums and large-scale exhibitions, most recently at Glasgow Sculpture Studios and Camden Arts Centre, London. She is currently developing a new collaborative project, which explores simulation and role-play in the anatomy dissection theatre. This is supported through Creative Scotland’s Vital Spark funding scheme, which encourages experimentation, radical new work and innovative approaches to engaging with audiences.