Sociological Walks

The ‘city-break’ walk

Dr Stephen Crossley (Northumbria University)

Newcastle has recently been positioned as a ‘vibrant visitor destination’ with a world-class cultural ‘offer’. This walk will draw on some of the well-known spaces of the city to examine the uncomfortable social relations and tensions in a grossly unequal city, and the myriad processes which sustain such inequality.

“The Eye of the North”: History, landscapes and sociologies of Newcastle Quayside walking tour

Professor Roger Burrows (Newcastle University) and Professor Stephen Graham (Newcastle University)

A 1 and a half hour walk to the history and landscape of the great Northern city of Newcastle, starting at Baltic. The walk will explore the diverse architectural and urban landscapes of the Quayside with the discussion exploring the urban, sociological, geographic and historical dimensions of the walk.

*NOTE: Please note that this walk necessarily involves considerable climbing and long flights of stairs — the Quayside is a very vertical place!

A Feminist Walk in the City of Newcastle

Professor Maggie O’Neill (University of York) and Holly Argent (Women Artists of the North East Library)

Beginning at the Women Artists of the North East Library, tracing stories of women artists, scholars, suffragettes, writers, politicians, and citizens of the city, we will walk with the things that are remembered and things that are gone. At the start of the walk you will be invited to choose a book from the Women’s library collection to bring with you as a companion along the way. The walk will end at the BALTIC Gallery at the ‘Idea of the North’ exhibition, curated by Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, (photographer and co-founding member of the Amber collective) with works exploring representations of women and girls in the North East by women photographers. You can also see the solo show by Turner Prize Winner, Lubaina Hamid, Our Kisses are Petals.

To prepare for the walk and to think about feminists walking in the city you might like to view:

The walk is mostly flat, downhill and will not include stairs. The Women Artists of the North East Library is accessible by a lift.

About the Women Artists of the North East Library

The Women Artists of the North East Library launched in October 2017 with the help of The Northern Charter’s Graduate Bursary. The project is bringing together different types of material, including: books, art, posters and music, to form a usable resource that contributes to the history of women artists working in the region. Starting life as a 6-month research residency, the library is continually being built from generous donations. Events to date include; The Walking Library for Walking Women (with Dee Heddon & Misha Myers), Open Library with Dawn Felicia Knox: ‘Carole Luby – what she left us’ and Reading List, a one day residency at BALTIC Library.

Walks undertaken by Maggie for her Leverhulme Fellowship can be found here:  and as part of an NCRM/ESRC (Participatory Arts and Social Action Research) project with Umut Erel, Tracey Reynolds and Erene Kaptani –