B x NU


BxNU is a significant collaboration between Northumbria University and BALTIC. This ground breaking partnership creates a learning environment that unites academic research excellence and innovative contemporary art practice.

In 2012 together we will establish a new Institute of Contemporary Art within Northumbria University’s School of Arts and Social Sciences providing full time PhD opportunities to national and international students.

The Institute will be directed by acclaimed Turner Prize nominee sculptor Christine Borland. As the newly created BALTIC Professor, she will provide world class learning and mentorship in Contemporary Art PhD research and will work with BALTIC’s Learning and Engagement Team to offer a richer, and more diverse, artistic events programme and encourage participation in visual art from pre-school to PhD. 

This innovative partnership was recognised on 9 June when Northumbria University received the gallery naming rights for BALTIC’s Level 3 Gallery. Now known as the Northumbria Gallery, it will host some of BALTIC’s most prestigious exhibitions and is the first time an exhibition space within BALTIC has carried a partner name, signifying BALTIC’s commitment to this special collaboration. An innovative partnership between BALTIC and Northumbria University.

The BxNU MFA at Northumbria provides a unique learning environment in the dynamic BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art, at BALTIC 39, located in Newcastle city centre.

BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art, based at BALTIC 39, will present students with the opportunity to develop their practice in a supportive, stimulating environment of leading academic, postgraduate researchers and internationally renowned artists. 

Appointed in November 2011, 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. 


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