This Award indicates the value and status we place on ARTIST TEACHERS at every level of education and within the field of Gallery Education.
The Artist Teacher MA at Northumbria and BALTIC is a model that is endorsed by the Artist Teacher Scheme, the TDA and supported by both the National Society for Art & Design and Arts Council England. It offers students a subject specialist course that integrates practice and pedagogy.
This student research has been described by external examiners as “Innovative” “Excellent” and “Dynamic”.
This long collaboration with a major art gallery offers students a whole raft of provision in a field where resources are being challenged. Northumbria University and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art continue to uphold quality, innovation and good practice.
The BALTIC Artist Teachers Award 2012, selected by BALTIC Director Godfrey Worsdale went to Christine Egan-Fowler. Her work, Memory Folds will be shown at BALTIC from Saturday 19 January - Thursday 14 February 2013 in Quay on Level 2.
Christine’s work is about memory. She creates and renews connections with forgotten aspects of her past; painting using materials which have a particular significance for her, such as washing powder, bleach and beeswax mixed with pigment. The materials she uses often have a resonant smell that help instant recall.
Performance is also an important part of her work. Christine is interested in how performance can offer people a different insight into her work as well as a way of involving them and building collective memories.
‘Whisper any memory into a sheet of unfolded paper, as the sheet is folded into quarters, the memory is encased but remains unidentifiable when placed carefully into a pile of other folded memory sheets. The collective memory becomes part of my work as the piles of memory sheets are placed in stacks, juxtaposed with my painting.’
Performances by artist students from Royal Grammar School, Newcastle will take place every Wednesday and Saturday, 11:00 throughout the duration of the exhibition. OnThursday 14 February, there will be a special performance, inviting visitors to take part, in celebration of Valentine’s Day.