BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is one of the ten finalists for the prestigious Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013. Celebrating the very best UK museums and galleries, this prize, the largest arts prize in the UK, rewards and highlights their innovation and creativity in bringing objects and collections to life.
On Thursday 18 April three of the judges visited BALTIC to experience first-hand the exhibition programme and learning offer. The judges met with BALTIC Director Godfrey Worsdale and BALTIC Head of Learning Emma Thomas, as well as visiting BALTIC 39, BALTIC’s Project Space based in Newcastle, judges met with BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art students and studio holders.
Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund commented: “BALTIC celebrated its tenth birthday in 2012, having become one of the UK's very best art galleries. Its programme of exhibitions is unfailingly adventurous, international in scope, and its visitors and supporters are passionate and loyal - a very impressive combination."
Bob and Roberta Smith, Artist commented: "BALTIC can lay claim to being one of the most innovative galleries in the UK. The programme is the vanguard of contemporary curatorial practice and its ambition to educate people of all ages, from children to PhD students, is unrivalled in any university art school or education programme."
Sarah Crompton, Arts Editor in Chief of the Daily Telegraph commented:"I was really excited to visit a gallery that has such a sure sense of itself. It feels very exciting and ambitious.
The current programme of exhibitions is contrasting and the education programme is entirely integrated. It was a really invigorating and enjoyable experience to be there. BALTIC is an institution that has such confidence in itself and has an important place not just in the region and nationally - but in the world."