Protecting pasts, creating futures

Culture matters. From childhood to later life, heritage, culture and creativity shape our identities and our communities. Through culture we can be challenged and learn, it improves our wellbeing, and enriches our lives. Together, we create and care for our past, steward the present, and forge our future. We are Newcastle, for the world: from our pasts and for our tomorrows.

We are proud to be home to a vibrant community of world-class creative minds. Our practitioners are at the forefront of their fields: TS Eliot prize winners, Turner Prize nominees, and internationally renowned folk musicians - many of whom are drawing on the traditions of past generations to create award winning contemporary music. Our graduates are innovators, working across the globe responding to contemporary challenges through understanding our past in new ways, generating new modes of expression, and collaborating to create new knowledge.

  • Our writers, musicians and artists expand horizons and challenge our thinking.
  • Our architects protect and create the environments that we live, work and play in.
  • Our cultural venues bring our world leading practice and research to tens of thousands of visitors every year.
  • Our games designers find new ways to educate and entertain millions of people around the world.
  • Our heritage scholars work globally to protect, interpret and explore identity, community, and international relations, to better equip us for global societal challenges.

Making a difference

Newcastle is one of the most vibrant cities for music, fine art and culture, and has World Heritage sites on its doorstep. Our research, teaching and partnership work all seek to make the best of culture and heritage for current and future generations.

  • We established the annual Newcastle Poetry Festival in 2015. Key to its programming has been global social justice, epitomised by the publication of The Mighty Stream, poems on race, poverty and injustice.
  • Our Hatton Gallery has been at the heart of cultural life in the North East since 1925. It is home to the iconic Merz Barn Wall by Kurt Schwitters, one of the most significant figures in 20th century art.
  • Transforming the historic Grade II-listed Claremont Buildings on campus, the Farrell Centre is a civic space showcasing the roles that architecture and planning play in the contemporary world.
  • Our Folk and Traditional music degree was the first of its kind in England and we're celebrating its 21st anniversary this year.
  • We are proud to host UNESCO's Chair of Cultural Property Protection and Peace, and President of the Blue Shield, protecting heritage at risk from war, conflict and natural disasters.
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What do we want to achieve?

By supporting the Newcastle University Culture Fund, you will:

  • Kickstart the careers of future performers, artists and cultural leaders.
  • Back new creative projects led by students and researchers in our local community.
  • Help us support inclusion and diversity in the heritage and cultural sectors.
  • Create new opportunities for culture on campus - including the University's exhibition and performance spaces.
  • Protect heritage at risk.

As a donor, you will be invited to events and performances that will give you the opportunity to meet our inspirational community and stars of the future.


How can you help?


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