A Turner Prize-nominated artist and academic with a global reputation, Christine Borland was appointed BALTIC Professor in 2011 as part of the innovative partnership between BALTIC and Northumbria University which was received a Times Higher Education award in 2012.
Since taking up the role Borland initiated collaborative dialogue between the two institutions resulting in a series of public events with an interdisciplinary focus, held at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead add BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne. She has also been a key member of the Post-Graduate and PGR community in the BALTIC 39 studios supporting student initiatives and exhibitions.
As BALTIC Professor, Borland oversaw a series of exhibitions, talks and events at BALTIC 39 – British Science Festival, Newcastle, 2013; Meeting Place – a regular series of informal exchanges and conversations held at BALTIC 39 exploring the ways artists collaborate with experts in the fields of science, the environment, health and medicine; the interdisciplinary symposiums Death Animations2012; Extraordinary Rendition 2013 (with Fiona Crisp & Chris Dorsett); Cloudscape 2014 and A Perfect & Absolute Blank in 2015.
Borland initiated a number of staff and student exchanges with the Royal College of Arts, Stockholm, facilitated discussions with other MFA (Master of Fine Art) courses including Glasgow School of Art. Borland has additionally lead the short listing and judging panel for the Woon Foundation Prize, an annual generous initiative for painting and sculpture BA graduates consisting of a £20,000 top prize plus year-long free studio space at BALTIC 39.
Following her departure, Borland works in collaboration with Kelvingrove Art Gallery Museum in Glasgow, where she has secured a prestigious research project and commission from the 14 – 18 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Fund. This will lead to the production and permanent display of a new work at Kelvingrove.
Meeting Place was a regular series of informal exchanges and conversations, held at BALTIC 39. These intimate Salon-style discussions were interdisciplinary and designed to explore the ways artists collaborate with experts in the fields of science, the environment, health and medicine to generate new research and artwork.
Developed by BALTIC Professor of Contemporary Art, Christine Borland and BALTIC Curator of Exhibitions & Research, Alessandro Vincentelli.
Christine Borland & Brody Condon, Fiona Crisp, Chris Dorsett
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead / Level 1
Saturday 7 – Thursday 12 September 2013
as part of British Science Festival
Symposium & Networking Event: Monday 9 September / 11.00–17.00
Following the HeLa performance, BALTIC Professor Christine Borland is joined by Professor Volker Straub and the writer and performer of HeLa, Adura Onashile, for a discussion concerning the issues raised in the work: genetic identity, social responsibility and current ethical debates about human tissue research and ownership.
Interview with Kirsty Wark
Generation project, 2014
Circles of Focus with Brody Condon, CCA 2015
(THIS FILM CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES IN THE ANATOMY LABORATORY)
Daughters of Decayed Tradesmen with Brody Condon, Edinburgh Arts Festival, 2013
Christine Borland and Brody Condon, Royal College of Art Lecture, Visual Cultures Series, 2014
Cast From Nature
Camden Arts Centre, 2012
SimBodies, NoBodies & Me
Glasgow School of Art