Art and Academia Combine in Region; Professor Appointed at University in Ground-Breaking Partnership

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Art and Academia Combine in Region; Professor Appointed at University in Ground-Breaking Partnership


Byline: David Whetstone

ABALTIC professor is to be appointed as part of a ground-breaking partnership between Northumbria University and the Gateshead centre for contemporary art.

It will also see Baltic's Level 3 Gallery re-named the Northumbria Gallery - the first commercial naming of any part of Baltic since it opened nine years ago.

And there are hopes that the partnership with the world-renowned gallery will give Northumbria an advantage in attracting students to Tyneside.

Speaking about the newly-named gallery, Baltic director Godfrey Worsdale said: "There is a financial benefit to Baltic for that privilege but this is much more than a sponsorship arrangement.

"At the heart of this relationship are two successful organisations that are collaborating for mutual benefit.

"A really strong part of Baltic's work, once we have these great exhibitions on, is about making them accessible.

"As a result of this partnership we feel we can do a very thorough job of enabling learning from pre-school right through to PhD level.

"The association with Northumbria will strengthen our academic and research credentials and that will feed through to benefit all our audiences."

Mr Worsdale said Baltic had close relations with both Newcastle universities, along with the education sector in general, but the idea of a formal partnership with Northumbria had started to form about three years ago. He said: "I had just come into post as the new director and Andrew (Wathey) was the new vice-chancellor and both of us really felt this was a natural relationship."

Prof Wathey, who is also chief executive of Northumbria University, said: "This is really about two great organisations coming together to create an environment for success that marries academic research excellence with cutting edge contemporary art practice. …

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