From Flamingos to Sandcastles, a Talk by Katherine Renton

Alnmouth Castle - Katherine Renton

Tuesday 29th January 2019, 7.00-9.00pm, Seminar Room at the Hatton Gallery
(Wine and nibbles at 18.30, talk begins at 19.00)

Sandcastle study - Katherine RentonKatherine Renton studied Fine Art at Newcastle University from 1989-1993, and is an artist who has always lived on the Northumberland coast. In her talk she will explore the themes and ideas that run through her oil paintings, watercolours and drawings, starting with examples of work produced in her first year as a student, in particular an articulated sculpture of a flamingo.

Her recent work explores the theme of man-made defensive structures that edge our coastline: the harbour walls, breakwaters, and concrete tank traps and pillboxes from World War II. Despite the serious nature of this subject matter – which represents the historic and geographical significance of Northumberland – there is often a more playful element to her work. She references her own childhood, and time spent with her two children, in developing her work: the tank traps were erected to resist Nazi invasion, but now serve as tables for picnics, or as windbreaks, or playground apparatus. She is currently working on a series depicting Northumbrian castles – not the famous Bamburgh or Dunstanburgh Castles – but the sandcastles constructed on her local beach at Alnmouth.

For replies for the talk
The talk will take place on Tuesday 29th January 2019, 7.00-9.00pm, nibbles at 6.30, Seminar Room Hatton Gallery

Rediscovering the Past & Celebrating the Future: the Redevelopment of the Hatton Gallery

New gallery entrance, photo by Colin Davidson
23rd February 2019, Learning Room of the Hatton Gallery. Talk starts of 11:00.
Richard Talbot, Professor of Fine Art at Newcastle University will give the talk in the Learning Room of the Hatton Gallery. The talk starts at 11am and is part of the newly formed Contemporary Art Club at the Hatton. Teas/coffees/light refreshments will be available.

This informative talk is free of charge and is only available to Members of the Friends of the Hatton (2018 and 2019). If you would like to attend please email by 21 February.

THIS IS A FRIENDS ONLY EVENT! If you are interested but not yet a Friend of the Hatton you can join here for as little as £5 per year.


A talk by Antony Gormley

When:  6.30pm, Wednesday 21st November
Where: Lecture Theatre 1, Herschel Building

The short talk will be followed by an open Q&A and discussion with the audience.

The Herschel Building is just five minutes’ walk away from the Fine Art department and is the ‘physics’ building, Newcastle University.

We can confirm that this was a last minute thing for all concerned. No time to book – just turn up. It is a very large lecture theatre so you should be OK.

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FOTH Contemporary Art Club

Contemporary Art Club at the Hatton logo

Saturday 10 November 2018, 11:00 – 13:00, Learning Room Hatton Gallery

We are exploring the idea of starting a club for FOTH members who are interested in contemporary art.

While members would eventually help set the content and direction of the club, a broad outline in the initial stages would be:

  • Meet once per month in the Learning area of the Hatton
  • Clarify what it is we​ mean by ‘contemporary art’
  • Discuss art work, exhibitions, research in a supportive and relaxed and friendly atmosphere
  • Share experiences, techniques and knowledge
  • Show finished work or work in progress to the group
  • Encourage and support interest in contemporary art
  • Share unwanted art materials and equipment
  • Eventually show art work in a public exhibition
  • A key step would be to set the broad agenda for future meetings.

The first meeting would begin with a bit of socialising (tea, coffee and biscuits). Then to make a link to the gallery, members could look at the current exhibitions followed by a discussion.

THIS IS A FRIENDS ONLY EVENT! If you are interested but not yet a Friend of the Hatton you can join here:

20 places avleailable
Cost: free for members
If you have any questions or would like to register your interest please contact:

Two Intaglio print workshops

The print studio during one of our print workshops

Saturdays 24 November & 8 December 2018, 10:30 – 16:00 in the Learning Room Hatton Gallery

Caroline Coode and Vhairi Cardinal are returning for their popular Printmaking workshops. There will be the possibility to use one press to make intaglio prints. In order to broaden the experience of printmaking (and so that not all have to queue up for the one press!) Vhairi and Caroline will be introducing more possibilities for hand-burnished relief prints. This is a time honoured way that Japanese printers traditionally used. Further techniques could include collagraph, acetate drypoint, (intaglio) lino cut and Japanese woodblock (relief). All levels of ability welcome!

Both Vhairi and Caroline will be on hand to help you with your work.

Please bring ideas, enthusiasm and any special items you would like to use!

More details and how to register can be found on our Facebook page.

Seasonal natural forms: drawing & painting creative day workshop

Hosted by Northumberland artist Renira Barnes, these will be linked days allowing time for reflection and optional ‘homework’ between sessions. Single days are possible for those not able to attend both.

Participants will be introduced to drawing with alternative mark making tools and then progress with colour to develop and explore approaches for printmaking and painting.

More details and how to register can be found on our Facebook page.