Lift off! First field trip of the year to England North Eastern Delights!

After a very successful and extremely fruitful field trip last year we returned to the north east of England once more with the the new students of both Contemporary Art and Illustration.

The itinerary was much as last years; first Victor Pasmore’s beautifully brutal, contemporary concrete folly the Apollo Pavilion in Peterlee where we were treated once again to a short and informative social history of the structures impact on the local community by David Taylor-Gooby. David was joined this year by Jake Cameron local architect who discussed the merits of the work form an architectural point of view.

Next was a very breathless, wet!! and brief encounter with the neo-classical folly the Penshaw Monument.

Finally on to the Baltic to see the moving work of recently deceased Robert Breer (do you see what I did there?) unfortunately due to our very late arrival we were not able to see the presentation arranged for us but the very helpful Leanne from the education team did print us out a copy for future reference! Thank you Leanne!

The next few weeks will see a range of work developed as a result of the trip some of which will be sent to David & Jake in Peterlee in the hope that they will like it enough to put on the Apollo Pavilion official web site!



Field Trip September 2010: Peterlee, Sunderland & Newcastle

Slide show of our 1st field trip of session 2010 -11.

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The Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary 2010-11 open for entries.

The bursary, now in its fourth year, is available to mid-career disabled or deaf artists working in the field of visual arts. This year’s winner will be given £5,000 and a residency at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. The bursary has firmly established itself as one of the most significant commissioning opportunities for disabled artists in the UK.

Applications are welcomed both from artists who work in a disability or deaf arts context, and from those whose work is not focused on their disability. Email:

The deadline for entries for the competition is Monday 18 October at 10am. For information on how to apply, please visit our website

The annual bursary was set-up in memory of Adam Reynolds, to provide time, space and support for artists to develop their ideas without the pressure to deliver a particular outcome develop their ideas without the pressure to deliver a particular outcome. Adam Reynolds (1959-2005) was a sculptor, curator, teacher and arts advisor. Adam was active in the disability arts sector and generous in his support for other artists, the bursary is offered in the same spirit in which Adam lived and worked. World-renowned sculptor, Antony Gormley is patron of the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary. Gormley says, “Adam was inspirational as an artist and a man – seeing his disability as a strength. This bursary is the most practical and powerful way to continue doing what Adam did to make the possible palpable.

” The Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary 2010-11 is made possible by The Garfield Weston Foundation.

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.