BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

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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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.
view of They Used to Call it the Moon exhibition

They Used to Call it the Moon

  • 31 October 2014 — 11 January 2015 *on now

Against the backdrop of a new Space Race and debates around the future use of inter-planetary energy resources, this group exhibition explores the enduring iconography of the moon in the artistic imagination.

With a focus on lunar mythology past and present, real, fictional, utopian and dystopian visions are presented, highlighting the continual politicisation and democratisation of space. Developed and expanded from the popular research presentation at BALTIC 39, the exhibition includes work from the 1990s to the present, alongside a number of projects made especially for BALTIC’s Level 4 gallery.

Original lunar maps, photographs from the 1969-72 NASA Apollo missions and important works from the Stanley Kubrick archive are also on show.


photopgrah of Near Real Time video installation

Gail Pickering: Mirror Speech

  • 31 October 2014 — 11 January 2015 *on now

Gail Pickering’s new exhibition Mirror Speech focuses on a pioneering social experiment in community television that ended in a climate of widespread distrust about its political objectives - its participants disputed the image they had once collectively produced.

The last remaining recordings of their live broadcasts provide a space for the artist to address the subjectivity of the televisual image itself. In fictionalising the literal cuts or interruptions of the historical material, Pickering explores ideas of mimicry, multiplicity and temporality.

In her first major solo exhibition in the UK, Pickering presents an immersive installation, where sound and image reverberate across the gallery spaces.


photograph of Jesse Wine work Young Man Red

Jesse Wine: Young man red

  • 22 November 2014 — 22 February 2015 *on now

Jesse Wine (born Chester, 1983) works mainly with ceramics and uses traditional techniques to explore process and chance.

Wine never records his methods; he mixes glazes and oxides together and fires at different temperatures, seeing colours melt and blend and structures collapse. The final work is thus the result of happenstance – lopsided vessels with shiny metallic glazes to self-portrait heads sporting a variation of contemporary accessories, belts and bobble hats.

For his exhibition in the Ground Floor gallery at BALTIC, Wine will make an ambitious installation of new work which responds to the quirks of modern life and pays homage to the other artists who have inspired him.


photograph of sculpture by Graeme Durant

Graeme Durant: When in Roam

  • 5 December 2014 — 22 February 2015 *on now

Graeme Durant makes sculptures, paintings, collages, drawings and installations. For BALTIC, he has developed a new body of work for the Level 2 gallery.

His playful approach sees forms appropriated from the everyday – a rug, a tennis ball –collide with an infinite array of diverse references: fiction, reality, art history, literature and architecture.

Through a process of recycling, improvisation and low-tech construction, Durant’s objects become invested in new meaning and imagination.


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.