2012 NATIONAL LOTTERY AWARDS
BALTIC won the public vote to be crowned the UK’s favourite arts project in the 2012 National Lottery Awards - the annual search to find the nation’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.
Renowned ‘Angel of the North’ artist, Antony Gormley, made a surprise visit to BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead on Tuesday 13 November 2012 to present the gallery with a National Lottery Award for Best Arts Project. One of the UK’s most loved artists, Mr Gormley was delighted to highlight the nation’s appreciation for the popular gallery which has welcomed over 4.5million visitors since it first opened ten years ago.
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TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION AWARD: NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY & BALTIC
Northumbria University was awarded a Times Higher Education award in December 2012 for its innovative partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. The collaboration, which has led to the formation of BxNU, a new Institute of Contemporary Art uniting academic research excellence and cutting edge contemporary art practice, is the only partnership in the UK where an art school sits alongside a major international centre for contemporary art. The partnership was commended by the Times Higher Education magazine as the UK higher education sector’s “best example of Excellence in Innovation and the Arts.”
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TURNER PRIZE 2012
Elizabeth Price was named winner of the Turner Prize 2012 in an awards cermeony at Tate Britain in December 2012. Price was presented the award by Jude Law for the exhibition HERE which was curated by and presented at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead in Spring 2012
SERVICE NETWORK CULTURE FOR SUCCESS AWARDS 2012
At a celebratory ceremony in July 2012, BALTIC was named as Special Award winners in the Service Network Culture for Success Awards. This award recognises the contribution that BALTIC have made to the North East over the last 12 months with its work with local school and businesses and the visitor numbers attracted to the Turner Prize.
The award is a fantastic way to mark BALTIC’s tenth birthday year and recognises the calibre of staff who work at BALTIC as well as the partnerships and clients we work with externally. This strong culture for success has helped BALTIC to achieve the milestones of the past 10 year, and will continue to strengthen our position regionally, nationally and internationally.
VISITOR ATTRACTION QUALITY ASSURANCE SCHEME (VAQAS) 2006-2012
The Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS) is managed by VisitEngland and, through its network of regional assessors, boasts an incredible reputation for instigating, modifying and shaping change to the customer experience at visitor attractions across England.
BALTIC has been officially recognised as a merited Quality Assured Visitor Attraction since 2006.
- BALTIC was shortlisted as one of the UK's Coolbrands in 2010/11
- BALTIC was shortlisted as one of the UK's Coolbrands in 2009/10
CoolBrands is an eclectic collection of some of the coolest brands in Britain. They are chosen by an independent Expert Council and thousands of members of the public. BALTIC was selected as one of the leading UK Coolbrands in 2009/10 and 2010/2011 alongside Apple, BBC iPlayer, Tate, Aveda and John Lewis. To see the full list of brands, the expert panel and more information visit coolbrands.co.uk
NORTH EAST ENGLAND TOURISM AWARDS 2011
The region’s best tourism businesses were honoured at the North East England Tourism Awards 2011, which took place at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland (6 October) officially recognising the cream of the industries talent.44 tourism businesses including accommodation providers and visitor attractions from right across the region from Haydon Bridge to Seaham, from Berwick to Guisborough were recognised at the awards.
BALTIC was awarded Bronze for Best Large Visitor Attraction.
JOURNAL CULTURE AWARDS
The Journal newspaper’s Culture Awards are a highlight of the regional cultural calendar. The award ceremony is attended by representatives from the world of theatre, cinema, museums and galleries as well as many locally based artists and winners.
- 2010 Awards presented in March 2011
BALTIC was awarded both Best Event Tyneside and Best Overall Event in the Journal Culture Awards 2010 for the exhibition of work by the American artist Jenny Holzer who wowed visitors with her spectacular text-based, LED installations.
- 2011 Awards presented in April 2012
BALTIC was awarded both Best Event Tyneside and Best Overall Event in the Journal Culture Awards 2011 for the exhibition, BALTIC presents Turner Prize 2011. BALTIC was also awarded the Arts Council Award for BALTIC presents Turner Prize 2011.
The Safer Parking Award is a police initiative presented to owners and managers of parking facilities who adopt physical standards, which are intended to reduce crime and the fear of crime from car parks. Park Mark® is awarded to parking facilities that have met the requirements of a risk assessment conducted by the police and mean the parking operator has put in place measures that help to deter criminal activity and anti-social behaviour.
BALTIC’s South Shore Road car park was awarded The Park Mark® accreditation following a detailed inspection as part of the Safer Parking Scheme. The award was presented to BALTIC Director Godfrey Worsdale by Northumbria Police Chief Constable Sue Sim on Friday 18 November 2011.