Bewick to BALTIC: 200 years of Art and Education in the North East of England
Speaker: Dr. James Hall
Art and education are inextricably linked in that the making of art and artefacts relies on teaching, learning and developing the processes and practices involved. The teachers are usually artists themselves from Thomas Bewick and his apprentice engravers at his Newcastle workshop to artists’ and teachers’ engagement with the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead some 200 years later. I shall argue that the northeast of England has played a leading role in art education and continues to lead and inspire today.
James Hall (chair of trustees at the Hearth) studied fine art at Newcastle Polytechnic from 1968 to 1971, before teaching art and design in County Durham, now lives and practises as a printmaker in Tyne Valley. The story is a personal view and does not claim to be a comprehensive survey.