The Open Call for the Collective Studio 22-23 is live now

A graphic header with the words Open Call repeated

Following on from out talk by Dan Russell about the Collective Studio in Newcastle, we thought we’d let you know that the Open Call for 2022/23 is now live.

Some words from Dan

The deadline for applications is Thursday 28th July, at noon.

All the details on this 11 month artist development programme and how to apply are on the webpage.

We are hosting some real-life and online Open Days to discuss the Collective Studio, go over the application process and answer any questions. See the website to book.

Please contact me on if you require any further information and to book a chat with Dan if you cannot attend the Open Days.

Lecture by printmaker Erika Servin Gonzalez

A portrait of Erika Servin Gonzalez holding up one of her prints

We are delighted to announce our next speaker : Erika Servin Gonzalez, who will introduce us to her practice which is inspired by Mexican prints.

The lecture will take place at 12:30pm, Satruday 2nd July 2022

Erika is a professional printmaker who exhibits frequently, nationally, and internationally. She is a Master of Arts graduate from New York University. Erika is a Lecturer in Fine Art and print technician in the Fine Art department at Newcastle University. She has been a Trustee at Northern Print since 2011.

More details on our Facebook page.

This lecture will take place in the Learning Room of the gallery. It is free for members and £5 for non-members.

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.

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.

Health and Safety measures in the Gallery

New gallery entrance and shop, photo by Colin Davidson

To ensure your safety while visiting the Hatton Gallery a number of measures will have been put in place:

  • All high contact areas such as toilets, handrails, etc will be regularly cleaned throughout opening hours.
  • Signage will be installed on the toilet entrance door, lift and closed access, explaining the current measures.
  • Toilets and lifts will be signposted re usage and staff will be on hand to ensure distancing measures are maintained.
  • Hand sanitiser stations will be available at the entrance and exit to the Gallery, in the toilet and any other additional suitable locations.

A member of staff will greet visitors upon arrival and provide guidance about the visit and what to expect. Along with directional signage, staff will be available to direct visitors on their journey.

Toilets will be deep cleaned each morning and additional cleaning will occur throughout opening hours.

Keep an eye out for further announcements here and on our Facebook page.

Events cancelled due to Corona Virus/Covid 19

Really sad to have to do this but given the latest advice from the government we think it’s right that we cancel all of our planned events until the situation changes.
The events cancelled would therefore be:
  • AGM (April 18th)
  • All talks/lectures/workshops
    • Talk by Dr Mike Collier, The Dawn Chorus
      (31st March)

    • Ruth Bond, Outer Hebrides & Northumberland journey of colour
      (21st April)

    • Rag and Oil method workshop with Jenny Blayney
      (25th April)

  • Summer Exhibition 2020 is cancelled unless things change dramatically in a positive direction by then!

Keep an eye on further announcements here and on our Facebook page.

‘Rag and Oil method’ workshop with Jenny Blayney

Image by Jenny Blayney

Rag and Oil method workshop – Jenny Blayney – Saturday, 25 th April 2.00 to 4.30 pm Learning Room, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Cost £17.00 for members. Jenny will bring materials.

If you would like to come please email Jo Cousin.

Image by Jenny BlayneyI like to work closely with Nature and the Cycle of the Year, tuning in to the mood and reflecting on the inner response through painting.

I run workshops to offer this experience to others, guiding participants through a colour journey, and referring to the changing seasons, often turning to poetry on the theme.

My influences come through the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, seeking the Spirit in Nature as a healing force. I worked as an art therapist in a GP practice for twelve years, following a teaching career, and offering workshops at home and abroad.

My own artwork, including a watercolour veiling method and clay modeling, can be found on my web-site and also as greeting cards.

The workshop at the Hatton will have the spring mood of blossoming and expansion, as the poets love to extol:

“When weeds in wheels look long and lovely and lush”

The painting process, I call the ‘rag and oil method’, begins with rubbing oil colour and linseed oil into strong watercolour paper. The colours begin to blend and move creating a luminous effect, and remaining pliable. The aim is to then bring integration and wholeness in body soul and spirit, thus fostering appreciation and joy and a healing force. The form arises out of the colour.

Jenny will bring leaflets and also some greeting cards for sale.

If you would like to bring a favourite or colour please do so.

If you would like to come please email Jo Cousin

You can find examples of Jenny’s work at: Network Artists website and on her Facebook page.