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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

Narbi Price in conversation with Maxy Bianco: Another England

Mike Collier

Art and Walking

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
5:30 pm
Venue: Vane

Mike Collier: Art and Walking
Sharron Lea: Revolutionary Rambling

Sharron Lea

Revolutionary Rambling

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
5:30 pm
Venue: Vane

Paul Barlow


Wednesday, April 30, 2014
5:30 pm
Venue: Vane

Paul Barlow: Shakespeare
Colm O’Brien: Sidonius Dines With The Emperor: High Politics, High Anxiety

John Kefala Kerr

Musical Fictions

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
5:30 pm
Venue: B&D Studios

John Kefala Kerr: Musical Fictions
John Sadler: Faces Of War – The Child Soldiers Of Africa

Helen Baker

Colour And Paint: The Material Of Colour

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
5:30 pm
Venue: B&D Studios

Talk Studio, Studio Talk: Colour And Paint: The Material Of Colour
Chris Dorsett: Talk Studio, Studio Talk

Chris Dorsett

Talk Studio, Studio Talk

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
5:30 pm
Venue: B&D Studios

Narbi Price

Photorealism In Painting

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
5:30 pm
Venue: B&D Studios

Narbi Price: Photorealism In Painting