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The Barlow Series

The Barlow Series is a unique and diverse range of lectures delivered by experts, free of charge and open to the general public. This lecture series sets itself apart from others in its ethos that quality education should be accessible for all.

The Barlow Series (formerly The Wednesday Lecture) first appeared on September 4th 2013 with a lecture from Dr Matthew Feldman entitled: ‘Ezra Pounds Poetry and Propaganda in WWII: Reopening the Neglected Archives of the “Pound Case”. Since that time we have hosted/ curated and organised over 50 lectures to a North East based audience. The ethos of the lectures is quite simply that good, high quality education should be available to all, for free, and in its duplicity, that we provide for artists a broad and diverse range of lectures that aim to ignite the mind and the imagination simultaneously.

The lecture series was never designed to have a permanent home alone, but to be able to travel and manifest itself in the most creative sense. Since the launch in 2013 we have delivered the series all over the North East, hosting Bob and Roberta Smith in conversation with local MP for education Sharon Hodgson; Julian Germain in Ashington as celebration of his two-year project The Ashington District Star, Dr Matthew Feldman at Old Shire Hall in Durham for the launch of Tell Mama, filmmaker Maxy Bianco at Vane Gallery, Mike Tilley at the Jazz Café, and last but not least Digital Media Labs at Space Six.

For over two years now the series has remained unfunded and relies upon a community of artists and academics who contribute both in sharing knowledge, and contributing their own ideas and directions for the series itself.

Most importantly the lecture series has acted as a catalyst to collaborations and further development of ideas; on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 we hosted Goodwin and Dearnley, ‘Hikikomori’, - this cinematic experience combining the ideas of the self in a state of shift was a collaboration between Goodwin and Dearnley exploring the roles entwined with the cinema: the visual, the performance, the space and the audience, Goodwin and Dearnley at that time were still undergraduates, studying at Newcastle University. The lecture was so powerful that collaboration was developed between the authors and Breeze Creatives culminating in an epic showcase and workshops hosted by Baltic on Monday, April 27th, 2015.

Previous Lectures

Nicky Barnett, Mike Jones, Gemma Roberts; Dementia: How science and creativity can make a difference
Michael Guarneri: A pain in the ass: Pasolini’s Salò, or the “sodomystic” experience
Laura Richards: Can Girls Play Sport? An Analysis of Performative Gender Identity in Social Media Responses to the This Girl Can Campaign
Dr Vivek Nityananda; Aliens amongst us: How to see the world like an insect
Alexander Baker: Home Shock: Eviction Enforcement in Austerity Britain
Dr Matt Jenkins: How much is the sadness of divorce worth? Or, how do you price museums?
Malcolm Gee: Dada and the war, in Zurich, Berlin, Cologne and Paris 1916-1922
Kenneth Wilkes: The Great War in British and French Political Cartoons
Alfons Bytautas and Mick Wootton: Goya and Dix - Behind the Lines
Paul Barlow: The changing ‘popular’ image of the Great War, from propaganda to parody and beyond