Talk by Dan Russell about the Collective Studio project

A photo of Dan Russell by Adam Pugh

We’re excited to announce that the first of our upcoming lectures and events will take place on Saturday 7th May at 12:30pm in the Learning Room of the Hatton Gallery. For a place please email

The Collective Studio in Newcastle: Progressive yet Realistic Artist Development in Newcastle

In this talk Dan Russell will introduce the Collective Studio (one of the artist development strands at The NewBridge Project) and use it as a lens through which to look at the wider contemporary, historical and future contexts of how we nurture the expression of creativity and reinforce fun, useful, and interesting ways of doing and learning together.

Below is a link with more information about about this project:

Who is Dan?

Dan Russell (b. Birkenhead, 1985) is an artist who works with people and doesn’t have a specific medium or discipline. He could be called a social practitioner or socially engaged artist. His favoured approach is working in an open, process-led and longer-term way and his favourite methods are bringing people together, developing ideas, not reinventing the wheel and dealing with the future.

He works part-time for the NewBridge Project as their Artist Development Programmer and outside this, mixes up freelance community art commissions with moonlighting in the Architecture and Urban Planning department at Newcastle University.

Programme for the 2021 Annual General Meeting

Hatton Gallery Archive space with AGM 2021 written across

Members are invited to the Friends of the Hatton Annual General Meeting to be held in the Learning Room in the Hatton Gallery on Saturday, 13th November 2021, 10.00am for 10.15am.


Please sign the attendance sheet in circulation.
10.00 Coffee.
10.15 Show and Talk. We are again inviting members to bring in items from their collection which they can share with other members and explain their feelings about it. Please email me if you wish to take part.

The meeting will commence following the Show and Talk.

  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Professor Eric Cross. President
  3. Apologies for absence
  4. Minutes of the 2019 AGM (Due to covid there was no 2020 AGM)
  5. Gallery Report
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Secretary’s Report
  8. Review of Fees and Charges.
  9. Election of Committee. Posts marked (2) can be a single post or a shared role for
    two people.
    1. a. Chair
    2. Vice-Chair
    3. Secretary
    4. Treasurer
    5. Events Co-ordinator (2)
    6. Talks and Lectures Co-ordinator (2)
    7. On-Line Media Co-ordinator
    8. Bulletin Editor
    9. Other Committee Members: (two vacancies).
    10. Other Business
    11. Closing Remarks

Please send all emails in connection with the agenda and Show and Talk to: The Secretary Richard Thompson at

Newcastle University’s Fine Art Degree Show 2021 Launch event

The preview and launch of the Fine Art Degree show at Newcastle University is being held online this year and you can go along for free!. The annual exhibitionwhich returns after a year-long pause due to Covid-19, celebrates the work and achievements of the Graduating class of 2021 after a year like no other.  

Please be aware that the opening event may be photographed, filmed and livestreamed for use by Newcastle University.

Date: Saturday 5th JUNE 2021 (12 noon -1.30 pm)  

Schedule: Introduction and Speeches at 12 noon  

Followed by interactive art tours, performances, films and readings till 1.30pm …. 

Dress fancy , Bring your own refreshments !  

Join the EVENT via the link at 12am: (this link should take you straight there, If you have not used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download it).

Meeting ID: 863 4486 2822

More details can be found here.

Membership announcement

Due to lockdown restrictions last year the committee did not request the payment of any membership fees in 2020. Due to the ongoing COVID situation this, at present, extends into 2021. However, since the prime purpose of FotH is to support the arts (FotH constitution) we are still accepting voluntary payments which are being kept in balances for this purpose.

At some stage, when government restrictions permit, the delivery of ‘membership benefits’ as listed on our membership application forms should resume.

If the current road map out of lockdown announced by the Government on 22nd February 2021 remains unchanged then it looks as if positive plans could be made after the 17th May. If this is the case we will begin with an AGM to refresh plans and look to the future. When we are able to act with some confidence on this we will issue a bulletin to all members nearer 17th May.

FotH committee (elected 2019)

Card sale in aid of charity Medicin sans Frontieres

Some of Caroline Coode's Newcastle card designs

Fellow friend and printmaker Caroline Coode is selling her cards in aid of the charity Medicin sans Frontieres.

The cards are wrapped singly in clear bags with p&p included. You can view them on Caroline’s website via the links below. There are 4 sections.

Newcastle cards – £2 each

Lindisfarne cards – £2 each

Countryside (Northumberlnd) cards – £2 each

Isle of Raasay cards – £2 each

Payments can be made by or by cheque. Choose your cards (make a note of the reference numbers) and send your request and address to Caroline by email.

#cardsforcharity #urgentmedicinesneeded #careforinjured #victimsofwar #supportfrontlinemedicalworkers

Gallery reopening November 7

Collage by artist Linder

The Gallery will reopen on November 7, with the Linder Sterling exhibition, Linderism. There will also be access to the Merz Barn.

To ensure visitor and staff safety through social distancing there will be a one way system.

Visitors will be limited to a maximum capacity of 40 (or 10 in any given space at any time) for the whole Gallery.

An online booking system will be in place (link to follow). It is proposed that the Gallery opening hours will remain the same.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for further announcements.