The creative vision and administration of the top floor of BALTIC 39 is managed by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. BALTIC's project space offers artists and guest curators creative freedom to experiment and innovate, enabling them to stretch the boundaries of contemporary art practice.
BALTIC’s reputation and recognition for responding to artists’ creative ambitions with the highest levels of technical presentation attracts the most exciting practitioners to BALTIC 39, ensuring that this gallery not only develops a loyal public audience but also quickly gains the attention of the wider visual arts sector.
The current exhibition, which opened in December 2013, is a group exhibition about painting, abstraction and representation open. Riff/t is divided into two sequential exhibitions, the component parts respectively focus upon the themes of the harmonious RIFF, and the discordant RIFT. RIFT is open until March 23.
The first exhibition, SWITCH Selected by Phyllida Barlow opened to the public on Friday 6 April and was curated by internationally recognised and Newcastle-born sculptor Phyllida Barlow. The exhibition explored the creative journey, investigating the processes an artist navigates in the act of making, prioritising such moments over the completed object or final outcome.
The second exhbition Andrew Miller: Dusk or Dawn comprised two new works made especially for the exhibition and in response to BALTIC 39 gallery.
The third exhibition at BALTIC 39, Jim Shaw: You think you own your stuff but your stuff owns you opened on Friday 9 November 2012 and accompanied Jim Shaw: The Rinse Cycle which took place at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. The exhbition presented Jim Shaw’s collection of found thrift store paintings.
The most recent exhibition at BALTIC 39 was Matt Calderwood: Paper Over the Cracks. This was the artist's first solo show in a UK public gallery and presented a series of ambitious new sculptures, works on paper and video.
June 2013 saw the project space be inhabited by a new contemporary dance work by Surface Area Dance Theatre commissioned by Dance City in association with BALTIC. Auricular was was inspired by British Sign Language and the ability of facial expressions to communicate emotions to people everywhere. The four performances took place 27-29 June 2013.
BALTIC’s project space was animated from 6 September 2013 with the frenetic exhibition BALTIC 39 | FIGURE ONE, a series of 11 projects running for 5 weeks. This open call submission exhibition resulted in 350 applications. Full details of the selected artists can be viewed here.
Mark Fell's sound installation Self and Now, as part of the Tusk Festival was presented in the project space from 11 October - 3 November 2013.
Project space opening hours: Closed until 11 December 2013 then open Wed–Sun 12.00–18.00 Thursdays 12.00-20.00