BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

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BALTIC, the major international centre for contemporary art, opened on 13 July 2002. The landmark building is situated on the south bank of the River Tyne, Gateshead, in the North of England. A £46m project has transformed the former Baltic Flour Mills, a disused 1950s grain warehouse, into a leading international contemporary arts venue - one of the biggest temporary art spaces in Europe.

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Opening hours

Mon-Sun: 10.00-18.00
Except Tuesday 10.30-18.00
Last entry is 15 minutes before closing

Admission charges


Additional info

Our library and archive is available by appointment 10.00-17.00.

BALTIC presents a constantly changing programme of exhibitions and events, with a strong emphasis on new commissions. It houses five galleries covering over 3000sqm, 2 artists studios, a cinema/lecture space and a library and archive. The building also has 2 different food and drink spaces including Six Restaurant with amazing views of the River Tyne and the BALTIC Cafe Bar.

Collection details

Fine Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Contemporary Art
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

B. Wurtz

  • 20 November 2015 — 28 February 2016 *on now

American artist B. Wurtz is best known for his carefully assembled sculptures and installations made of a wide range of commonplace, discarded materials. A prideful appreciator of lowly objects, his practice is highly concerned with the ethics of re-use, yet is also highly engaged with art history.

Meticulous structures made from food wrappers, plastic carrier bags, shoelaces, locks, mop handles, takeaway trays, mesh bags and wooden blocks all, in some way, refer back to the human essentials of food, shelter and clothing. Highlighting the overlooked, never allowing the visitor to lose sight of what the pieces are made of, and how they are put together, Wurtz’s works succeed in channelling the many possibilities of these everyday materials.

This survey exhibition brings together more than 60 works spanning his entire career of over 40 years.


photograph of installation of model houses with images of Bill Murray on

Brian Griffiths: BILL MURRAY: a story of distance, size and sincerity

  • 20 November 2015 — 28 February 2016 *on now

Bill Murray is always authentic. He is consistently ‘BILL MURRAY’. His singularity breaks into irreducible ambiguities and contradictions – Bill the global superstar, the guy-next-door, anti-brand brand, irrepressible lothario, dignified clown and droll philosopher. This exhibition takes these and many other characteristics as an approach, turning them into a fantasy caricature and a poetic tableau of scaled down architecture and collections.

A series of different styled and period buildings from a lavish LA beach house to an historic Scottish mansion are grounded on tables throughout the vaulted gallery space of BALTIC Level 4. Bill, architecture and everyday objects are forced together in set pieces that joyfully confuse overview and point of view, scale and size, closeness and distance.

Since the early 1990s Brian Griffiths has been making sculptures and installations with overblown theatricality and pathos. He uses found and made objects to consider our complex relationships with the material and social world; how we use objects to create meaning, to make and re-make ourselves, to organise our anxieties and affections, to sublimate our fears and shape our fantasies.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Space to Think: Brian Griffiths

  • 24 February 2016 2-4pm

Space to Think is an exciting opportunity to explore questions raised by artworks in this season’s exhibitions. Led by Grace Robinson and Liz Watkins, Community Philosophers at Thinking Space, this series of workshops encourages group discussion and debate in an informal setting.

Thinking Space promotes philosophical dialogue and enquiry, by creating interesting and inclusive spaces for people to talk and think together. You don't have to know much about art or philosophy to take part, and we won’t lecture you. Discussions arise naturally out of participants’ first responses, emerging ideas and personal interests.

Ticket price includes a hot drink and biscuits.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


£5/£4 concession


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Exhibition Explorers

Everyday 10.00am - 6.00pm (from 10:30am Tuesdays) Children and families have the opportunity to explore the exhibitions with special Exhibition Explorer packs. These packs offer new ways of enjoying and looking at contemporary art and are designed around each season of exhibitions. Suitable for children under 13 years old, these can be collected from the Information Desk on Ground Floor.

How to obtain

Collect a pack from the Information Desk on Ground Floor.


QUAY is BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art's exciting new learning facility bringing events, activities and oodles of information together in one space at the heart of BALTIC. QUAY is funky, cosy, stylish, comfortable, surprising and just a little bit kitsch. There's nothing you HAVE to do in QUAY - just lots that you CAN.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
South Shore Road
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear



General Enquiries


General Enquiries

0191 478 1810


General Enquiries

0191 478 1922

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