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Prospect Us:
People, Profits or Prospects
Wed 6 - Wed 27 Oct 2021
BALTIC Front Room, BALTIC Gateshead

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Two informal, in-depth and community-centred discussions about the effects of studentification.

Held in BALTIC Front Room and chaired by Andrea Phillips, BALTIC Professor, Northumbria University, Director of the BxNU Institute and editor of Social Housing-Housing the Social: Art, Property and Spatial Justice (Sternberg, 2013).

There will be evening refreshments served with Vegan options.


Part 1: How does higher education impact on local housing and how are artists and students responding?

Wednesday 6 October, 18.00-20.00

Information about panellists coming soon.

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Part 2: What connects student housing with land ownership,use and everyone’s rights to the city? 

Wednesday 27 October, 18.00-20.00

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Information about the full programme:

14 September – 25 November 2021


Prospect Us explores the social, emotional and political impact of commodification of land, rapid urban development and studentification in Newcastle. Through art, satirical games and discussion we’ll examine the power imbalance between landowners, developers, long-term residents and students. 


What prospects do students have, having been lured by a glossy prospectus into paying high rents to private accommodation providers?


With land seen as a commodity to squeeze out the maximum profit,what prospects does this leave the people and communities who inhabit the land,but don’t own it?


How can we convince developers to serve the communities they produce as well as the communities they displace, and not only prospect for profit?


Prospect Us seeks to bring different groups together through exhibition and events to discuss and share knowledge about the effects of studentification, and the commodification of land, housing and communities. A collaboration between SAW, BxNU institute, Newcastle University, artists and researchers.

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In continuously working towards BALTIC being an equitable, enjoyable and safe space we ask everyone to read and follow BALTIC’s Visitor Code of Conduct in advance of this event.

We want our events to be inclusive and accessible for everyone. We’d be happy to arrange a BSL translator. You can let us know about any accessibility requirements you have when you book your ticket.

You can access detailed information on what to expect during this event, sometimes referred to as a social narrative guide here.

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