Gayle Meikle

Gayle Meikle is a Curator and Lecturer in Contemporary Art Curation.

She teaches across the Fine Art and Media Culture and Heritage departments in the School of Arts and Culture at Newcastle University.

Her research focuses on curating as a creative practice, creating discursive and experimental platforms to present contemporary art. Previous projects have included exhibition-making, sound and aural interventions, audio interviews, cooking, performance, event-organising, and publication-making. At the root of her practice are two questions: ‘What happens when we make art public?’ and ‘What is the role of the curatorial in this encounter?’

She has an ongoing collaborative practice with Alexandra Ross titled ‘A Polyphonic Essay on…’ and Harriet Sutcliffe titled ‘Undutiful Spirit’. In 2021, she co-edited the book ‘The Commonplace Book of ATLAS’, with Emma Nicolson. This anthology discusses the activity of ATLAS Arts (2010 – 2018), a rural arts organisation based on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, within a global conversation about climate change, indigenous cultures and spatial politics.

Recent exhibitions include ‘Undutiful Spirit: Meeting Point’ at BALTIC Centre of Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2022) and ‘Companion’ with artists Tayo Adekunle, Catherine Bertola and Claire Dorsett at Workplace Foundation, Newcastle (2023). Gayle is currently working towards an international visual arts programme for Logan Botanic Garden, Scotland, exploring climate adaptation and plants due to launch 2025/2026.