PROSPECT US | People, Profits or Prospects? Part 1

Publication Date 06 Oct 2021

Two informal, in-depth and community-centred discussions about the effects of studentification.

Held in BALTIC Front Room and chaired by Andrea Phillips, BALTIC Professor, Northumbria University, Director of the BxNU Institute and editor of Social Housing-Housing the Social: Art, Property and Spatial Justice (Sternberg, 2013).

Part 1: How does higher education impact on local housing and how are artists and students responding?

Wednesday 6 October, 18.00-20.00

Lydia Hiorns: Director of Shieldfield Art Works an arts organisation based in Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne. SAW believes art and creativity are integral parts of human life, and with art’s unique ability to articulate, question and enquire, we can enact positive change in our communities and the world. As a project of the Methodist Church, SAW is built upon Christian foundations of seeking truth, challenging injustice, social activism and operating for the common good.

Julia Heslop: Artist and postdoctoral research fellow in Architecture at Newcastle University

Laura Yuile: Artist and PhD student at Northumbria University.

Jill Holder: Retired schoolteacher and a Shieldfield resident for 37 years. Jill lives in one of Shieldfield’s older houses (it was built in 1904 has a lot of history). As a volunteer Jill helps run the Forum Café which has been open for six years and has become a local community hub – a safe space. Jill has an allotment where she grows vegetables and flowers. Sometimes she has so many she shares with neighbours and friends at the café.

Mike Jeffries: Geography Department, Northumbria University. Mike explores the lo-fi and DIY city using games, zines and collage.

Andrea Phillips (Chair): BALTIC Professor at Northumbria University, Director of the BxNU Institute, writer, organiser and collaborator.

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Speakers Andrea Phillips, Lydia Hiorns, Julia Heslop, Laura Yuile, Jill Holder, Mike Jeffries
Formats MP4, Live to digital
Keywords BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art, Urban Development, Community, Studentification, Gentrification, Public space
Related City/Region Newcastle upon Tyne
Related Gallery Shieldfield Art Works (SAW)

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