BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

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Situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, England, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art consists of 2,600 square metres of art space, making it the UK’s largest dedicated contemporary art institution.

Our mission is to create greater understanding of the world through outstanding, experimental and inspiring contemporary art which has power, relevance and meaning for individuals and communities.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Wed-Sun: 10.30-18.00

Admission charges

Free Entry

Getting there

BALTIC is situated on the Quayside in Gateshead, a 10 minute walk from Gateshead Town Centre.
BALTIC is accessible for pedestrians from the Newcastle Quayside over the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Parking
Parking spaces are available in the BALTIC Car Park. Follow Signage for 'Gateshead Quays' and 'Other Car Parks' until specific signage for BALTIC Car Park becomes visible. Spaces are pay on exit and you can pay by card or cash.

BALTIC Car Park charges are as follows:
Up to 1 hour £2.00
Up to 2 hours £3.50
Up to 3 hours £5.00
Thereafter £1.50/hour

Blue badge holders park FREE. For ticket validation during gallery hours (10.30-18.00), please go to the Information Desk on the ground floor of BALTIC. Outside of these times please contact security via the intercom on exit. Motorcycles can park free at all times in the designated Motorcycle bay.

Coach drop off point is next to BALTIC on South Shore Road.

Travelling by Train or Metro:
Newcastle Central Station. 3 hours to London’s Kings Cross, 1.5 hours to Edinburgh.

Tyne and Wear Metro Service. Newcastle Central Station or Gateshead Metro Interchange.

Travelling by Bus:
Gateshead Bus Interchange or Newcastle Central Station. The bright Yellow Quaylink buses run every 10 minutes during the day, at least every 20 minutes during the evening and directly serve BALTIC. The Quaylink service 1 (Q1) starts from both Gateshead Interchange and Newcastle Central Station.

Travelling by Bicycle:
BALTIC is accessible by bike via South Shore Road and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. There are bike racks located on Baltic Square, near BALTIC's main entrance. The bike racks are maintained by Gateshead Council and free to use.

Additional info

Book free entry: www.baltic.art/tickets

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

  • BALTIC
  • Contemporary Art
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Large human like sculptures

Huma Bhabha: Against Time

  • 19 September 2020 — 4 July 2021 *on now

For her first major survey exhibition in Europe, Huma Bhabha presents a selection of sculptures comprising cork, Styrofoam, clay and found materials such as wood, plastic, chicken wire and rubber tyres, alongside photographs, prints and expressive works on paper.
Mainly focusing on the figure, Bhabha’s work addresses themes of colonialism, war, displacement and memories of home. Her influences are wide ranging, from ancient Egyptian statuary, African art, Classicism, Cubism and German Expressionism to science fiction and horror films.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://baltic.art/huma-bhabha

Installation shot of room with multiple artworks and sculptures on the walls

BALTIC Open Submission

  • 19 May — 5 September 2021 *on now

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead is pleased to announce BALTIC Open Submission, a major open-call exhibition. Opening early 2021 the exhibition involves over 150 artists and makers based in the North East of England.
BALTIC received over 540 submissions through an open-call application process announced in the summer whilst the gallery was closed during lockdown. All entries were selected by a panel of three artists based in the North East: Richard Bliss, Lady Kitt and Padma Rao, and Katie Hickman, Curator (Performance and Public Programme) at BALTIC.

BALTIC Open Submission celebrates creativity in the North East; the vast number of entries and the works included in the exhibition highlight the variety and high quality of arts practice across the North East. The exhibition presents works by artists who have been making throughout their lifetime to those just beginning; from people who work collectively, to those who create alone; those who have studied fine art, to self-taught creatives who have only ever made work in their private homes.

The exhibition will include a wide range of media including painting, drawing, print, sculpture, ceramic, installation, video and sound works. BALTIC Open Submission seeks to give visibility to arts practice from individuals and collectives that may not previously have been seen by a public audience.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://baltic.art/baltic-open-submission

Installation in Orange, Yellow, black and light pink.

Pakui Hardware: Virtual Care

  • 19 May — 3 October 2021 *on now

For their first solo exhibition in the UK, Pakui Hardware (artists Neringa Cerniauskaite and Ugnius Gelguda) will present a newly devised commission created specially for BALTIC’s level 2 gallery space, exploring the subject of robotic and virtual care at a particularly significant moment when we find ourselves more concerned than ever with the quality and accessibility of healthcare.
Pakui Hardware’s work considers the movement of capital through bodies, technology and materials and how it shapes our realities. Reminiscent of futuristic or biological settings, their hybrid sculptures and installations use materials such as glass, artificial fur, textiles, leather, chia seeds, soil, silicone, metal and plastics. In recent years, their work has explored questions around contemporary medicine, imagining possible futures where material limitations are transcended by fragmenting, multiplying and recreating human and non-human bodies.

For their new installation at BALTIC, the space will be transformed into an environment that resembles a clinical surgery room where human presence – with the exception of the visitor themselves – is replaced by technology. Glass objects affixed to a hanging surgical lamp sculpture will create a sense of warmth and care, in contrast to the alienated coolness of its steel arms that make anthropomorphic reference to surgeon’s hands. Suspended between physical and virtual, bodily and digital, transparent thermoformed or resin ‘bodies’ will be abstracted into sculptural biomorphic shapes that are both present and erased at the same time. Partially inspired by paintings by Lithuanian artist Teresė Rožanskaitė from the 1970s and 80s, these ‘bodies’ are traces, shells of ‘flesh’, dominated by technology.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://baltic.art/pakui-hardware

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.
Todler in adults lap smiling

BALTIC's Learning Lounge

  • 2 June — 31 December 2021 *on now

BALTIC's Learning Lounge is open and ready to welcome you back safely. We've put changes in place so that you can enjoy a safe visit in a relaxed and creative environment.
Before visiting we are asking all visitors to book a free group ticket for a maximum of 6 people, for an allocated timeslot at 10.45-12.15 or 13.15-14.45. This will help us manage the number of people visiting and ensure that you and your family and friends can experience the Learning Lounge safely.

Find out more: www.baltic.art/learning-lounge

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://baltic.art/learning-lounge

Child interacting with lights with adult wearing mask

BALTIC's Sensory Room

  • 2 June — 31 December 2021 *on now

BALTIC’s Sensory Room is open and ready to welcome you back safely. We've put changes in place so that you can enjoy a safe visit in a relaxed environment.
BALTIC's Sensory Room is a quiet space to play and explore with sensory toys, projections and lights. You’ll find two sets of fibre optics, a bubble tube, a light table with coloured shapes, projector, two large light-up orbs and cubes, a sofa, two large soft shapes and wipe-able matting in our Sensory Space.

Before visiting we are asking all visitors to book a free group ticket for up to 6 people for an allocated morning or afternoon timeslot; 10.30-12.00, 13.00-14.30 or 16.00-17.30. This will help us manage the number of people visiting and ensure that you and your family can experience the Sensory Room safely.

The Sensory Room will be exclusively yours for up to 90 minutes and will be cleaned between each booking. Each booking has a maximum of 6 attendees.

Find out more: www.baltic.art/sensory-room

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

https://baltic.art/sensory-room

Young child holding map excitedly in front of BALTIC's building.

Art in Action Trail

  • 2 June — 1 October 2021 *on now

Walk from BALTIC Gateshead to Dunston Staiths this summer. Get outside and power up your creativity with fun family activities, videos, sound and movement to discover along the route.

Collect your free map from BALTIC, Wed-Sun 10.30am-6pm (plus Bank Holidays) and enjoy free creative activities outdoors. For children of all ages and abilities.

Find out more: www.baltic.art/art-in-action-trail

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://baltic.art/art-in-action-trail

Getting there

BALTIC is situated on the Quayside in Gateshead, a 10 minute walk from Gateshead Town Centre.
BALTIC is accessible for pedestrians from the Newcastle Quayside over the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Parking
Parking spaces are available in the BALTIC Car Park. Follow Signage for 'Gateshead Quays' and 'Other Car Parks' until specific signage for BALTIC Car Park becomes visible. Spaces are pay on exit and you can pay by card or cash.

BALTIC Car Park charges are as follows:
Up to 1 hour £2.00
Up to 2 hours £3.50
Up to 3 hours £5.00
Thereafter £1.50/hour

Blue badge holders park FREE. For ticket validation during gallery hours (10.30-18.00), please go to the Information Desk on the ground floor of BALTIC. Outside of these times please contact security via the intercom on exit. Motorcycles can park free at all times in the designated Motorcycle bay.

Coach drop off point is next to BALTIC on South Shore Road.

Travelling by Train or Metro:
Newcastle Central Station. 3 hours to London’s Kings Cross, 1.5 hours to Edinburgh.

Tyne and Wear Metro Service. Newcastle Central Station or Gateshead Metro Interchange.

Travelling by Bus:
Gateshead Bus Interchange or Newcastle Central Station. The bright Yellow Quaylink buses run every 10 minutes during the day, at least every 20 minutes during the evening and directly serve BALTIC. The Quaylink service 1 (Q1) starts from both Gateshead Interchange and Newcastle Central Station.

Travelling by Bicycle:
BALTIC is accessible by bike via South Shore Road and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. There are bike racks located on Baltic Square, near BALTIC's main entrance. The bike racks are maintained by Gateshead Council and free to use.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
South Shore Road
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
NE8 3BA
England

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Website

http://www.baltic.art

http://www.facebook.com/balticgateshead

E-mail

General Enquiries

info@balticmill.com

Telephone

General Enquiries

0191 478 1810

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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