Self-led Groups

Admission to BALTIC is free and we encourage you to lead your own group around the gallery. Book your visit with us in advance to get the most out of your trip. Click here for useful information and group guidelines. 

Teachers and Group Leaders, you are responsible for your children throughout your visit.

BALTIC is big and exciting, so please stay in small groups when moving around the galleries (we suggest a ratio of at least 1 adult to 6 pupils in years 1 – 3 and 1 adult to 10 pupils in Years 4 upwards). Please remember other people will be visiting the galleries while you are here and they want to see the artworks too.

Please don’t touch the artworks…
Even clean fingers have invisible oils that get left behind on the artworks. Touching causes damage and overtime this may mean that artworks can no longer be shared with others.

Be careful and walk in the galleries…
Artworks in BALTIC can be anywhere and everywhere!

Please ask if you need help…
Our friendly and informative BALTIC Crew are available on every floor. Approach them with any questions you have, from finding out more about the exhibitions to where the toilets are.

Useful Information

Coach drop off
The coach drop-off point is on South Shore Road, close to the main entrance.

Access & Facilities
BALTIC is fully accessible. If you have any specific access requirements then please let us know in advance.

Coats & Bags
There is limited space for storing coats and bags at BALTIC unless booked in advance. If you  require this please discuss your needs in advance with the learning team at the time of your booking and we will do our best to accommodate you.  

Eating & Drinking
Remember that food and drink should not be consumed in the exhibition spaces.

This is permitted by one group member in the gallery space only on completion of a form at the Information desk when you arrive. To save time at the start of your visit, complete one in advance and bring it with you. Link to form

Photographing BALTIC’s amazing views and stunning architecture, however, is actively encouraged.

Group supervision
We suggest a ratio of, at least, 1 adult to 6 pupils for yrs 1–3 and 1 adult to 10 pupils for yr 4 and upwards going around the galleries.

You are responsible for your pupils at all times throughout your visit. It helps if pupils are briefed about expectations of behaviour before the visit.

Preparatory Visits
BALTIC encourages group leaders to make preparatory visits to assess the suitability of the work for their group.

Hazard Identification
A Hazard Identification Sheet for BALTIC is available to assist you when putting together your Risk Assessment. Click here to download.

Contact details
To book a group visit or to find out more about the schools pogramme, contact our Schools and Colleges Programmer, Vicky Sturrs on 0191 440 4929 or 


BALTIC Centre for
Contemporary Art

Gateshead Quays
South Shore Road
0191 478 1810

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Tue 10.30-18.00
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Thu 12.00-20.00
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