August 25, 2017

School of Arts and Cultures appoints Jane and Louise Wilson as Professors of Fine Art

Newcastle University

Jane and Louise Wilson, 2012. Photo: Tape.

Leading contemporary artists Jane and Louise Wilson have been appointed to Newcastle University’s Fine Art Department.

Jane and Louise have a national and international reputation, forged over the past two decades as artists working with photography and the moving image, installation in an expanded form of cinema and lens-based media. Their work, which often looks at abandoned buildings and inaccessible places, has put them at the forefront of the contemporary international art scene. They were nominated for the Turner Prize in 1999 for their multi-screen installation, Gamma. They have recently exhibited their work Sealander—four large-scale photographs of bunkers erected by Hitler along the European Atlantic coast during World War II at the J. Paul Getty Museum, in Los Angeles, USA. Their next exhibition will take place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 2018. They take up their new joint posts as Professors in August.

About Fine Art Newcastle University
Based in purpose-built studios at the centre of a culturally and technologically-rich university, we provide students with a unique education in Fine Art practice. We offer a four year BA, a two year MFA, and PhDs by both practice and research. Staff are all practicing artists and together with our programme of weekly visiting artists and curators, students thrive in what is an exceptionally creative and intellectually rich environment. Alongside Music, Digital Cultures, Architecture, Creative Writing, Curatorial Practice and Film, we are part of the Newcastle University Institute of Creative Arts Practice, which supports creative practice and interdisciplinary collaborations across the university.

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The department also houses the Hatton Gallery, which has amongst its collection one of the most iconic artworks of the 20th century—the Elterwater Merzbarn, the final work of the German Dadaist Kurt Schwitters. Following extensive refurbishment the gallery reopens in October with the exhibition Pioneers of Pop, and celebrates Richard Hamilton’s tenure at Newcastle and the birth of Pop Art. More information here.

Many distinguished artists have been associated with Newcastle, either as students or as teachers, including, for instance, Richard Hamilton, Susan Hiller and Sean Scully. Newcastle continues to be one of the best cities in the UK in which to study and make contemporary visual art. Its diverse and lively arts scene goes hand in hand with Newcastle University’s long and distinguished history in the practice of Fine Art. The department currently ranks first in the UK in The Sunday Times 2017 University Guide and in the 2017 Complete University Guide, and is ranked second for art in The Guardian’s University Guide.

Newcastle University’s MFA degree show and Creative Arts Practice MA degree show: August 19 to September 2, 2017. More information here.

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