This weekend sees the culmination of a two year Masters programme at Northumbria University for Helen Fox and Colette Davies. This has meant regular visits to Newcastle Upon Tyne to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

Helen said “It is hard as a full time lecturer to find the time to re-engage in your own practice. The course is designed so that you can use your holiday time to make your work and we have also been encouraged to show work in group exhibitions. The course looks at the effect of your own practice on your teaching and visa versa. Making valuable connections with such a reputable University and Contemporary Arts Centre has been important, sharing the good practice we have developed on the Isle of Man.

Having opportunities to engage in dialogue and network with other academics, artists and educators has been invaluable and highly rewarding. The two years has meant a lot of hard work which directly benefits students studying at University College Isle of Man, ensuring that they have the opportunity to work with staff who are up to date with current studio, exhibition and pedagogic practices.”

Photographs by Helen Fox (click to view in the lightbox)


The VERGE exhibition, which is free to enter, is part of this year’s REVEAL 2017 end of year degree shows, which includes work by graduates from the University’s creative courses, such as Architecture, Art, Design, and Media, and takes place at BALTIC 39 in High Bridge Street, Newcastle from Thursday 31 August until Sunday 3 September.

To find out more about VERGE visit

The MA Contemporary Arts and Education course is a unique collaboration between BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University. This distinctive postgraduate experience, delivered in partnership, supports working teachers and educationalists to establish or enhance their combined practices as artist and facilitator at masters’ level.

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VERGE – with Helen Fox and Colette Davies

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