EXPERT COMMENT: This 17th-century portrait was given plumper lips years after it was finished – an expert explains why
In an article written for The Conversation*, Nicky Grimaldi , Assistant Professor of Arts at Northumbria University discusses the idea of conserving originality and how the additions of the restorer can lend an interesting element to a painting’s story.
Assistant Professor and playwright is recognised at national theatre awards
Assistant Professor in Humanities at Northumbria University and award-winning playwright, May Sumbwanyambe, has won recognition from the UK Theatre Awards for his latest production Enough of Him.
EXPERT COMMENT Sycamore Gap: what the long life of a single tree can tell us about centuries of change
Only a few individual trees could be rightly labelled as world famous, but the tree at Sycamore Gap along Hadrian’s Wall in northern England was one of them. No wonder its recent felling provoked public outcry and collective mourning.
Fine Art alumni secure prestigious regional residency
Two of Northumbria University’s Fine Art graduates are being supported by the New Graduate Award scheme developed and hosted by Middlesbrough Art Week (MAW).
The tree that’s helping women in the criminal justice system tell and own their stories
The ‘Story Chair’ programme is a creative collaboration between social justice charity, Changing Lives and the School of Design at Northumbria University and is supported by the North East Probation Service.
Students prepare to REVEAL graduating exhibitions
Graduating artists from Northumbria University’s Fine Art programmes are preparing to showcase their work in a multi-site exhibition which includes Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and spaces across the University’s Newcastle City Campus.
New report highlights the power of partnership
A new report published today - By All, For All: The Power of Partnership - has mapped for the first time a decade of AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) funded community and cross-sector collaborative research and development (R&D) projects.
Northumbria joins National Saturday Club network to offer creative opportunities for teenagers
Young people from across the North East aged 13 to 16 are being given the chance to experience art and design activities at Northumbria University as part of the National Saturday Club programme.
Creative writing lecturer’s new play highlights elephant ivory debate
A Northumbria University lecturer, who is also an award-winning playwright and radio dramatist, is preparing for his latest play to be aired on BBC Radio 4.
Research documents rich heritage of Afro-descendant women living in Ecuador
Celebrating and sharing the lived history of Afro-Ecuadorian women, passed down through generations via the spoken word, is the objective of a collaborative research project led by Northumbria University and Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador, alongside partners from the Mujeres de Asfalto collective, a Black feminist creative arts organisation.
Technology and traditional craft combine to highlight women’s safety
An intercontinental project by a Northumbria University researcher is using traditional crafting techniques and the latest technology to explore the international issue of women’s safety.
Northumbria University chosen as a national hub for festival of humanities
The Being Human Festival, held across the country each November, demonstrates and celebrates the ways in which humanities-based subjects, which include language and literature, history, geography, philosophy, archaeology, anthropology, law, religion and art, inspire and enrich our everyday lives.
Four Northumbria students scoop awards at Graduate Fashion Week
With 26 talented Fashion students from Northumbria University making it on to the shortlist for awards, there were high hopes for success at this year’s Graduate Fashion Week.
New research reveals prejudice against people with Northern English accents
People form judgements about others from the way they speak, yet listeners are often unaware of their deeply embedded ‘implicit’ biases.
Historic castle will host design exhibition
A collaboration between English Heritage and Northumbria University’s School of Design has produced a new exhibition for an historic Northumberland castle.
EXPERT COMMENT: Ukrainian Heroes Street: the ideology behind street name changes
When a new regime comes to power, it usually asserts its symbolic control over public space by renaming streets that referred to the values and heroes of its predecessors.
Heritage boat building will support mission to reduce plastic pollution
Academics from Northumbria University have travelled to Kenya to help establish a new Heritage Boat Building Training Centre which will use indigenous knowledge and skills to transform single use plastics into traditional sailing vessels.
EXPERT COMMENT: Josephine Baker: what it means to enter France’s hallowed Panthéon
As Josephine Baker is honoured as a national hero in France, Dr Laura O'Brien, Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at Northumbria University, provides expert commentary on the Panthéonisation process and its origins.
Northumbria research team celebrate library project award win
A collaborative research project which promotes libraries as compassionate spaces to support conversations around death, dying and bereavement, has been recognised with a national health and wellbeing award.