Newcastle Visit

The images above are from our recent day trip to Newcastle with our colleagues from the HND Vis Com Illustration course. First stop was the Fine Art School at Newcastle University where we were greeted with light refreshments and an excellent introduction to the courses and facilities by admissions tutor Gavin Robson.

After a quick lunch the next stop was the Workplace Gallery which has re-located to new premises in a former post office. The gallery can be found in the shadow of the iconic Gateshead multi storey car park designed by Owen Luder Partnership 1964 and was made famous in the classic 1970’s british gangster flick ‘Get Carter featuring Michael Caine. Workplace is a commercial gallery run by artists and it represents a portfolio of emerging and established artists through the gallery programme, curatorial projects and art fairs. The current show FEEDBACKER by Peter J. Evans features drawing, sculpture and performance over 3 floors and is very much worth a visit before it ends on 20th Dec 2008.

On then to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art for an introduction to the institution and the George Maciunas Fluxus exhibition which brings together the largest collection of Fluxus work ever exhibited in the UK. The extensive exhibition continues till 15th Feb 2009 and is supported by a range of online resources available through the Baltic Archive.

Finally we herded back on the bus for a moonlit and frankly baltic pit stop at the Angel of the North our final destination on the itinerary before our return to Edinburgh. at Edinburgh’s Telford College would like to thank everyone who contributed to a great day out of the studio Mike from Hunters Coaches of Loanhead who’s good humour and patience was very much appreciated.

For more information regarding the places we visited click on the links above or visit the recently added Art e-Map of Newcastle in the links panel.

Art e-Maps ETC…

Screen Capture of Art e-Maps

Screen Capture of Art e-Maps

Here at we always like to let you know which direction things are moving in and whats hot and (sometimes) whats not in the world of contemporary art. To do this we regularly visit museums, galleries, colleges and alternative spaces to bring you up to the minute information and share our experiences. During the last year or so we have visited several spaces in a number of towns and cities in the UK, Europe and the USA; at times it has been tough work but someone has to do it. Often the most problematic thing about making such sorties into the contemporary art world can simply be planning the trip and finding the art. So to help ourselves and our readers we are launching Art e-Maps ETC… which provides a series of online maps marked with the art spaces and places have visited in a particular place. The maps can be found by clicking on the links below or the links in right hand column of the site.

Edinburgh Art e-Map etc…

Glasgow Art e-Map etc…

London Art e-Map etc…

All maps will be updated as appropriate and new maps will be added very soon including Berlin. If you would like to suggest new maps, locations or spaces please contact us using the comments option.

Happy travels


MIMA: Middlesbough Insitute of Modern Art


The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) opened its doors to the public on the 27th of January 2007 with its inaugural exhibition Draw. The exhibition features a number of conversations around the legacy of drawing and features seven modern masters recognised for their contribution to 20th century art, with seven living artists.

The resulting dialogues created around the practice of drawing encourage us to engage with the work of one artist through the ideas of another and to expand our understanding of drawing.

The exhibition demonstrates MIMA’s commitment to modern as well as contemporary art with a collection and exhibition policy that focuses on art from 1900 to the present.

Draw will run at MIMA until April 22nd

MIMA was designed by: Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects