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FREE / Hassle free, no need to book – just drop-in and get stuck in. Activities for young artists inspired by our exhibitions.

No pre-booking required. Children and families have the opportunity to explore the exhibitions with our special Exhibition Explorer packs.

BALTIC presents Nature Morte by Beirut-based artist Akram Zaatari. In over thirty videos Zaatari has explored Lebanese postwar conditions, the mediation of territorial conflicts and wars through television, the logic of resistance and the production and circulation of images. Nature Morte is a recording of a silent moment, in which two men prepare themselves for a military action in the blue light of dawn.

While the older man makes explosives, the younger man carefully mends his jacket. The relationship between the two men is unclear and we are left to question which will carry out the implied operation. For the video production, Zaatari worked with a former member of the Lebanese Resistance, Mohammad Abu Hammane, who also features in an earlier work by Zaatari All is well on the border (1997). Mohammad Abu Hammane’s reappearance in this work is a transposition in time that evokes the awakening of an older resistant, now revisiting his military gear. Nature Morte was shot in Hubbariyeh, a Lebanese village located in the Aarqub area of Southern Lebanon, where the fidaeyin (Palestinian resistance fighters) based themselves in the late 1960s. The village is only few kilometers away from the Israeli-occupied Shebaa farms.

Join our exclusive hospitality partner, Fresh Element at the Wedding Showcase on 1 March 2015, 12.00-15.00. Meet the team, take a tour of the venue, speak to some amazing suppliers and enjoy a glass of fizz with canapes. Admission FREE.

Join our exclusive hospitality partner, Fresh Element at the Wedding Showcase on 1 March 2015, 12.00-15.00. Meet the team, take a tour of the venue, speak to some amazing suppliers and enjoy a glass of fizz with canapes. Admission FREE.

BALTIC hosts a series of Teacher Network Events which are a great way to keep up to date with what's going on in your region. Find out about events and projects, share ideas and practice and catch-up with likeminded colleagues in a relaxed setting. 

To coincide with his exhibition at BALTIC, acclaimed Glasgow-based artist Tony Swain curates an evening of music and performance in BALTIC’s project space, BALTIC 39.

At a time when we have become desensitised to an image-saturated world, Tony Swain (born Northern Ireland, 1967) uses familiar sections of newspaper that are pieced together as a support for paintings of fragmented landscapes and abstract patterns. Using acrylic paints, he fixes these ‘works on paper' directly to the gallery walls, emphasising the everyday and temporary feel of newsprint. While occasional details of the newsprint and images survive, most are transformed by their inclusion within Swain’s painted world.

For his exhibition at BALTIC, Swain presents a series of new and recent ‘pieced’ paintings that continue his explorations of the representation of landscape.

 

This exhibition is accompanied by two events:

TONY SWAIN: EXHIBITION WALKTHROUGH
Thursday 23 April 2015 / 19.00–20.00
Level 2 / £4.00 & £2.50 concessions* / BALTIC Member 10% discount
Book: balticmill.eventbrite.co.uk
Cash sales at BALTIC,Gateshead Information Desk
Join us for a walk through of Tony Swain’s exhibition with independent contemporary art writer, editor and curator, Matt Price.
 
*Concession rate available to over 60s, unwaged and students with valid NUS card.


NATIONAL BEDTIME
Friday 8 May 2015 / 19.30
BALTIC’s project space at BALTIC 39, Newcastle
£5 & £3.50 concessions* / BALTIC Member 10% discount
Book online: balticmill.eventbrite.co.uk
Cash sales: Information Desk, BALTIC, Gateshead
Tony Swain curates an evening of music and performance in BALTIC’s Project Space, BALTIC 39. 

We are now pleased to offer all-inclusive Wedding Packages at BALTIC. Click the image above to find out more. 

BALTIC 39 is a cultural hub for contemporary art located in the heart of Newcastle with a project space programmed by BALTIC. It is also home to thirty-two artist studios, Northumbria University Fine Art students and the BALTIC Professor, Christine Borland. Find out more here.

BALTIC SHOP is hosting an exciting new workshop this spring with local paper cutting artist Emma Boyes. In this workshop Emma will show you her extraordinary paper-cutting skills and guide you through the basics so you can create your own paper-cut artwork. SOLD OUT

Join us this Mother's Day for a special Mother's Day Picnic served in our River Terrace. 

BALTIC 39 is home to 32 studios, of which Newcastle City Council provide 25 quality, affordable, non-residential workspaces. These studios help support practitioners within the contemporary art and creative industries to grow, develop and sustain their practices.

Open seven days a week
Monday-Friday 09.00-17.30
Weekends 10.00-17.30
Whether it’s a lunch date with friends or refreshment during a visit, BALTIC Kitchen is on hand to serve mouth-watering breakfasts, lunches and snacks daily.

The Curves of the Needle considers a recurring interest in the vinyl record by artists. This group exhibition explores album artwork, the cultural significance of the record collection and brings together contemporary artists who have experimented with the format, including; 

alt.vinyl, Sam Belinfante, The Basement Group, David Blandy, Ralf Brög, Rutherford Chang, Rhodri Davies, Dj78, Graham Dolphin, Benedict Drew, Julian Germain, Rodney Graham, Bruce Haack, Jandek, Philip Jeck/Lol Sargent, Jim Lambie, Locus+, Christian Marclay, Jonathan Monk, Elizabeth Price, Eliane Radigue, Sun Ra, Lathe Revival, Jonty Semper, David Toop, Bartholomäus Traubeck, Michael Wilkinson, X-Ray Audio, :Zoviet*France: as well as a display of fan-made record covers and record inners sourced from RPM records and a commissioned text on record sleeves by writer Harry Pearson.

The exhibition coincides with Record Store Day on Saturday 18 April 2015 and culminates in a special evening of events for The Late Shows on Saturday 16 May 2015. Details for related talks, events and performances programme can be found at baltic39.com

View BALTIC's current and forthcoming exhbiitions in addition to a complete list of previous exhibitions. 

If you’ve got creative kids, have their next birthday party at BALTIC. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got a potential Picasso or a Spielberg-to-be, you can personalize your BALTIC Cake & Create Children’s Party to make it fun, unique and memorable.

If you’ve got creative kids, have their next birthday party at BALTIC. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got a potential Picasso or a Spielberg-to-be, you can personalize your BALTIC Cake & Create Children’s Party to make it fun, unique and memorable.

BALTIC is a registered charity that relies on public donations. Your support enables BALTIC to bring the best in contemporary art to the north east, whether it’s nurturing local talent or showcasing international artists. Donate online now

Donate online now by clicking the image above. You can also use any of the donation boxes inside BALTIC when you visit and by completing a Gift Aid form, your donation goes even further. You can also make a single gift by post; download BALTIC's Donation Form and return it with your cheque.

 

This BxNU Symposium brings together artists, curators, academics and writers, to activate an enquiry into the interlocking possibilities of meaning making presented by the exhibition, Jason Rhoades Four Roads.

A group of artists, writers and curators working with or at Northumbria University, will present Das Träumen within the Rhoades’ installation The Creation Myth; a work described by Ingrid Schaffner in the exhibition publication as a “model of the artist’s brain at work”.

:zoviet*france: will abandon their customary approach to playing live and create a unique one-hour show using sound sources entirely derived from playing damaged and manipulated vinyl records. 

Find out about any performances scheduled at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary, Gateshead

It’s time to celebrate your inner geek with these fantastic, free drop-in workshops. Take part in comic creation, manga master classes and make your own fanzine alongside BALTIC’s team of expert artists.

It’s time to celebrate your inner geek with these fantastic, free drop-in workshops. Take part in comic creation, manga master classes and make your own fanzine alongside BALTIC’s team of expert artists.

A complete list of BALTIC office staff, BALTIC Crew and the board of trustees. 

For artist teachers wanting to further or re-establish their artistic practicedevelop your personal and professional artistic practice with this flexible part-time MA course. The course enables artist educators, to further or re-establish their artistic practice within a supportive, innovative and creative environment, with tutorials and taught sessions on evenings and weekends at Northumbria University and at BALTIC.

Working with students from across the North East, this session will offer the opportunity for pupils to meet author and illustrator Liz Pichon, listen to a reading of her new title Tom Gates: Yes! No (Maybe…)  and take part in a Tom Gates-inspired illustration workshop led by Liz.

Are you interested in gaming and aged 10-14? This Summer BALTIC is running a summer school with Reflections, a Ubisoft Studio, to celebrate their 30-year legacy of making games in the North East.

Serving hot and cold drinks, speciality coffees, alcohol, sandwiches, pastries, mouthwatering cakes and a range of freshly made meals. 

Six is the stunning rooftop restaurant at BALTIC, combining breathtaking panoramic views and great food. 

Download Be Inquisitive, an enquiry based Learning Resource

Click here to view and download the five parts Contemporary Arab Artist Resource

Suitable for EYFS, KS1, 2 & SEND. Working in the Level 3 gallery space, pupils will respond directly to Lorna Simpson’s work through a combination of questioning, word-matching, performance and making. 

View BALTIC's media and press releases for current, forthcoming and recent past exhibitions and key activity.

17 JUN 2013: BALTIC Director Godfrey Worsdale, and previous BALTIC-exhibiting artist Elizabeth Price feature in a new Arts Council video, A Credit to Britain. It costs each person in England just 14p a week to sustain public investment in arts and culture. Take a look at this video to see why arts matters.

To celebrate BALTIC’s nomination for The Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013, BALTIC hosted the Say Cheese! Weekend asking visitors to take photos of their favourite view of BALTIC. We are calling upon the public to help us make David Whinham’s entry of BALTIC the overall winning photo. To vote visit here

BALTIC and BALTIC 39 have been selected as one of 10 finalists for The Art Fund Prize, Museum of the Year 2013. The prize celebrates museums and galleries across the UK - annually awarding one outstanding winner £100,000. 

Matt Calderwood will discuss his exhibition at BALTIC 39 with writer and curator Chris Fite-Wassilak. Book online or call 0191 478 1810.

BALTIC SHOP is one of the north east’s hidden gems, stocking an array of designer homewares, unique jewellery and limited edition prints and posters.

BALTIC SHOP is one of the north east’s hidden gems, stocking an array of designer homewares, unique jewellery and limited edition prints and posters.

BALTIC programmes a number of specialist art symposia, seminars, workshops, courses and learning events throughout the year for varied audiences. Find out which events are coming up and how to book here.

Marking our tenth birthday, BALTIC launches a new specially commissioned range of limited artist prints, BALTIC Editions. The donated works, all by artists who have exhibited previously at BALTIC, will go on sale in 2012 with proceeds helping support BALTIC’s exhibition and education programme.

SUN 24 JUNE / 12.00-14.00 / FREE
To celebrate the conclusion of BALTIC 39's inaugural exhibition SWITCH, the gallery will host a series of performances by the participating artists from Thursday 21 - Sunday 24 June 2012.

View a full list and details on all of BALTIC's past exhibitions and then let us know your favorite exhibition and why. You can add a comment onto the noticeboard in BALTIC Lounge if you are planning a visit to BALTIC. Or let us know by adding a comment at facebook.com/balticmill or tweet your favourite exhibition including the hashtag #BALTIC10

This year, BALTIC turns ten and what a decade it has been. We have presented 179 exhibitions with artists from 50 different countries and welcomed over 4.5 million visitors. We need your help to satisfy this hunger. We ask that you consider donating £10, or whatever you can, to our Learning Fund, helping children, parents and grandparents alike to find personal connection with the artworks. Click here to donate online.

Suitable for KS3, 4 and SEND groups
Practical art workshops delivered by one of BALTIC’s experienced artist facilitators develop your pupils’ artistic inspiration, influences, skills and techniques.  

BALTIC tours, artist workshops, library and creative careers sessions are perfect for secondary school and college students. Click here to find out the full offer.

BALTIC offers a range of activities, sessions and workshops for EYFS and primary school children. Many are free! 
Click here to find out the full offer.

BALTIC has a team of freelance artists who are available to lead practical sessions based on BALTIC’s exhibitions for schools, colleges, universities, youth and community groups. Click here to find out how to book a session or if you are artist wondering about recruitment to the team.

To find out more about the work that we do, why not come along to our next event and see our work in action.

BALTIC holds quarterly Business Breakfasts. These informal breakfast gatherings bring together like-minded business people from across the region. Click here for more details

Sponsoring exhibitions at BALTIC gives you an association with the freshness and excellence of contemporary art. BALTIC has worked with international brand leaders including Sony, Laurent Perrier, Dainese, Nokia and Sky and can offer a comprehensive series of benefits designed around individual business needs.

Working with an arts organisation can provide a business with an opportunity to gain a fresh perspective and talk in a new language instead of the usual business speak. 

Working with an arts organisation can provide a business with an opportunity to gain a fresh perspective and talk in a new language instead of the usual business speak. 

A full map of BALTIC's building, galleries and facilities. 

Enjoy tea for two with this Rob Ryan His & Hers Together mugs. The perfect gift this Valentines Day.  

Click here for a case study on Ryder Architecture's sponsorship of the Tomas Saraceno exhbibition. 

Click here for a case study on Newcastle University Medical School & the Damien Hirst Pharmacy exhibition.

BALTIC offers a range of free digital teaching resources to support visits at all stages: planning, pre-visit, visit, research and reflection.

Download Be Inquisitive! Enquiry Based Learning Resource

Download resources to accompany BALTIC's previous exhibitions which can be used to assist in teaching a variety of secondary topics and themes. 

Download resources to accompany BALTIC's previous exhibitions which can be used to assist in teaching a variety of secondary topics and themes. 

BALTIC's significant Archive of videos and digital items relating to its ten year exhibition programme and history can be searched and browsed on BALTIC Library & Archive Database. The Database also catalogues all of the books in BALTIC Library

1000s of catalogued videos, images, films, texts, audio files and items can be accessed online with an even wider selection available on computers inside BALTIC Library. 

Designed my Christopher McNicholl in partnership with Suck UK this Cardboard Radio is the newest way to enjoy the sultry tones of your favourite DJ. You can also hook your USB device and listen to your own tunes too.

Rob Ryan mugs and gardenwares feature in BALTIC SHOP's Spring 2012 Season campaign

Kozyndan Limited Edition Cup & Saucer set

These beautifully handcrafted Moomin aee made from fine plush material, it's a perfect Valentine's gift for the Moomin fan in your life. Stands 6.5 " (valen)

This Rob Ryan designed set of His & Hers Mugs features one of his iconic designs. When placed together the mugs read 'All of these words are worth less than the breath used to say them if we cannot be together'. An ideal Christmas, engagement, wedding or valentine gift! It's part of a collection of Rob Ryan gifts and accessories and comes beautifully gift boxed. 

Download more information on our Freelance Artist Team and the sessions available.

Download Robert Breer Resource

Useful for use with the following topics: 
Abstract, Animation, Space, Shape

Download Be Inquisitive! Enquiry Based Learning Resource

BALTIC Bites is an ongoing series featuring artists and curators and authoritative insights on BALTIC’s exhibitions. They include interviews with the artists themselves, footage of exhibitions, curators and studios. Click here to watch them online or see them on BALTIC TV screens on Level 2 on your next visit to BALTIC.

Download George Shaw Resource. 

Useful for use with the following topics:
Painting, Suburbia, Everyday

Lay Of My Land features images of Zittel's A-Z West project, along with her Uniform series, High Desert Test Sites, and the Wagon Station Project. The result is an up-to-date retrospective on this exciting artist.

Download Cornelia Parker Resource

Useful for use with the following topics:
Objects, Language, installation

View a full list and details on all of BALTIC's past exhibitions

BALTIC Archive contains a wealth of information about past, present and future BALTIC projects including press cuttings, publicity and images. Pre-booking is required for access to Archive.

View BALTIC Patrons on this page.

View BALTIC Patrons on this page.

Click here to play the interactive game Lambdragon which includes a quest around BALTIC with video clips and tasks to complete.

Located on Level 2 and open 7 days a week, Quay is a fun and relaxed open area for people of all ages to come and enjoy a range of activities and creative play.

BALTIC Library, Level 2,  is free to use, open to all and a great place to find out more about art and design. Visit any time during gallery opening hours. 

BALTIC Archive contains a wealth of information about past, present and future BALTIC projects including press cuttings, publicity and images. Pre-booking is required for access to Archive.

To help you get the most out of your visit to BALTIC,we offer several informal and friendly tours.

Download Andrea Zittel Resource.

Download Andrea Zittel Resource.

Suitable for EYFS, KS1&2 & SEND
A new resource for self-led group visits, BALTIC Bags are filled with looking tools and activities to encourage your pupils to explore the gallery’s artwork, building and views. 

Suitable for KS3 & 4
In this 1 hour session, work with experienced library and archive staff to help inspire ideas, source relevant artists, learn research skills and delve deeper into your students’ chosen artistic interests.

Find out about current and forthcoming exhibitions, events and projects at BALTIC 39.

Building upon our recent exhibition Spank the Monkey, BALTIC will throw open the doors of Level 1 to showcase the dynamic work of graffiti artists  from the North East. Developed with New Line Graffiti, thirteen artists will be shown highlighting different styles and personal takes on graffiti.

The Cathedral is an exhibition of lens-based work by four artists who were in residence in Durham Cathedral during the period 1999 – 2001.

Commissioned by the Chaplaincy to the Arts and Recreation, the four artists offer contrasting approached to the Cathedral, collectively providing unique and complementary visual critiques of the space, the people and its activities.

The exhibition includes black and white and colour photographs by John Kippen, Markéta Luskacovà and John Riddy, and a video installation by Dryden Goodwin.

BALTIC presents Kendell Geers first major UK solo exhibition. His work pushes for the limits of accepted moral codes and principles in order to collapse them and start again. Geers questions the psychology of things you cannot control, things beyond the gallery space that art cannot touch, from extreme phenomena to emotional states. Employing a strategy of disruption, using weapons of sexuality, violence and fear, his work is where language and value systems become physical.

A new narrative installation resulting from Tris Vonna-Michell’s recent residency at Gibside, Gateshead as part of The Residents series in partnership with the National Trust. The work incorporates slide projections and a narrated soundtrack, developed from research into the orchestrated relationships between humans and nature and the changing aesthetic, structure and function of the site over time.

 

Maurizio Anzeri's unusual working process brings together found photographs and embroidery. Using portraits from the 1930s and 1940s collected at flea markets, Anzeri overlays abstract designs by sewing intricately patterned threads directly onto the photographic surface. Obscuring part of the photograph he both hides and heightens certain features of the face. His precise juxtapositions transform the discarded image, giving his portraits a disquieting and psychological presence.

Cameroon-born, Paris-based artist Barthélémy Toguo presents Heart Beat, his first solo exhibition in the UK. Toguo is a multi-disciplinary artist working in drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and performance.

Provocative and often humorous, he investigates social concerns and universal human emotions. Heart Beat comments on the use and overload of information in the era of global exchange.


CutUp are an anonymous group of artists whose practice incorporates collage, film and installation. They focus largely on the creative potential of the city as a site and inspiration for interventionist art and disruption.

At BALTIC, they will create an installation in The Street using billboards, light boxes and reassembled bus shelter advertising posters. The exhibition alludes to the city's role in choreographing movements - both of the individual and the crowd amidst scenes of protest, celebration and modern spectacle.

British artist Suky Best presents her new work as part of the Great North Run Cultural Programme. Inspired by the BUPA Great North Run, her hand drawn animation captures the atmosphere of the event and the participating runners. Using a process called ‘occlusion’, silhouetted figures are made visible only as they pass each other. This emphasises the individual’s singular effort in amongst the crowd.

BALTIC presents the first showing of new work by current artist in residence Kader Attia. Born in 1970 to an Algerian family in a Paris suburb, Attia has quickly and forcefully imposed himself on the international art scene. His work explores questions of community, diversity, belonging and exile and the tangle of identity conflicts in the age of globalisation. Square Dreams at BALTIC creates an apocalyptic vision of western consumerism.

Download a Question Kit Card with general terms about contemporary art explained and questions for children to answer.

Download Creative Evaluation Resource

Our friendly, informative BALTIC Crew are available on every floor. Approach them with any questionsyou have, from finding out more about the artwork to what facilities are available. 

Stunning views of Newcastlegateshead quayside and cityscapes. 

Browse BALTIC's past by viewing information on previous artists, exhibitions and projects.

The latest announcements and news from BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. 

Browse all exhibitions and events on today or see what is coming up on any specific day in the future.

Find out more about previous exhibition in the project space at BALTIC 39.

BALTIC regularly presents exhibitions created by local schools and community groups which are displayed on Level 2 in the Quay learning space. Find out what is currently on here.

9 JULY 2013: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Northern Film & Media (NFM) and Channel 4 are pleased to announce the 10 artists and filmmakers selected for 10 new commissioned Random Acts.

27 JUN 2013: BALTIC is delighted to announce BALTIC 39 | FIGURE ONE, an open submission exhibition to be held in the project space at BALTIC 39 from 4 September – 6 October 2013. BALTIC 39 | FIGURE ONE is an opportunity for artists to test works and ideas, or to develop works in progress within a public context. The exhibition will be selected by BALTIC Assistant Curator, Will Cooper and BALTIC Chief Curator, Laurence Sillars.

28 MAY 2013: The brand new course MFA (Master fo Fine Arts) at Northumbria provides a unique learning environment in the dynamic BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art, at BALTIC 39, in Newcastle’s city centre. For the academic year 2013/14 Northumbria University are offering five BALTIC Scholarships worth £3,000.

Venture into Newcastle’s newest arts and education space, BALTIC 39 for a special late night evening.

The Late Shows is the North East’s renowned culture crawl around Newcastle and Gateshead with many popular venues normally closed in the evening opening their doors after hours. Venture into Newcastle’s newest arts and education space, BALTIC 39 for a special late night evening.




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Commissioned by Dance City in association with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Auricular was inspired by British Sign Language and the ability of facial expressions to communicate emotions to people everywhere. Click here for details of three performances at BALTIC 39

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.

To celebrate BALTIC’s nomination for The Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013, BALTIC will host Say Cheese!, an open photographic weekend. From 4-6 May we're inviting visitors to take photos throughout the building and galleries to find the best photograph of BALTIC.

To celebrate the opening of Paper Over the Cracks, there will be an exhibition preview at BALTIC 39. Join us for a drink and the first look at the exhibiton before it opens the following day. Booking essential online or call 0191 478 1810.

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.

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.

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.

A £1 million initiative for new site-specific commissions across the UK. Artangel and BBC Radio 4 today launch a new Open for artists anywhere in the UK. Artangel will visit 12 cities across the UK for Open Platforms, events providing artists the opportunity to talk to Artangel directly about the initiative, including BALTIC. Read more

Meeting Place is a regular series of informal exchanges and conversations, held at BALTIC 39. These intimate Salon-style discussions are interdisciplinary and designed to explore the ways artists collaborate with experts in the fields of science, the environment, health and medicine to generate new research and artwork. Developed by BALTIC Professor of Contemporary Art, Christine Borland and BALTIC Curator of Exhibitions & Research, Alessandro Vincentelli.

Thursday 6 December 2012 / 18.30-20.00
FREE / Booking essential / Call 0191 478 1810, or e-mail events@balticmill.com or register online at eventbrite


Head to BALTIC 39 on a Thursday evening for a guided tour of the current exhibition. Continue the evening with dinner or drinks in next door’s Stand Comedy Club and receive a special 10% discount voucher on food/drink and a 2 for 1 ticket deal for the comedy show which starts at 20.30. The first Thursday Social takes place on 6 Sept with a chance to see the Northumbria University Visual Arts Postgraduate Degree Show at BALTIC 39.

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Marking our tenth birthday, BALTIC launched a new specially commissioned range of limited artist prints, BALTIC Editions. The donated works, all by artists who have exhibited previously at BALTIC, will go on sale in 2012 with proceeds helping support BALTIC’s exhibition and education programme.

13 JUL – 17 AUG 2012 / 10.30 / £30
In collaboration with North East Centre for Long Life Learning, BALTIC presents six 90 minute sessions examining the shifting boundaries of contemporary artand culture in the region over the last decade. Explore members free. Non-members £30. Click here for full details. #mce_temp_url#

Get into the party spirit this summer and help us to celebrate ten years of exciting exhibitions and family fun. Ten artists will be located throughout the building to encourage you to get involved as you jump from one exciting activity to another and explore ten different artforms. Don’t forget to drop into Level 1 which will will be transformed into a giant colouring book for you to fill with your best colourful designs.

Meeting Place is a regular series of informal exchanges and conversations, held at BALTIC 39. These intimate salon-style discussions are interdisciplinary and designed to explore the ways artists collaborate with experts in the fields of science, the environment, health and medicine to generate new research and artwork. Click here for Event dates and details. 

Playful and often humorous, Richard Rigg’s sculptures manipulate everyday objects, asking us to view their physicality and function in a new light. Previously he has re-tuned a piano entirely to middle C and manipulated a meter ruler so that it formed a perfect circle. Rigg will realise his most ambitious work to date for this exhibition, calling into question not just an object, but an entire living landscape, in this case presented in an unassuming mountain hut.  

CIRCA Projects
 will present a new project with artist Richard Rigg in partnership with High Desert Test Sites, California and BALTIC. Visit CIRCA Projects from 10 August 2012 for details of The Inhabitant of The Watchtower.

Find out what exhibitions and events are scheduled at BALTIC 39 in High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne

Through an existing partnership between BALTIC and Northumbria University, the BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art will also be present at BALTIC 39. Students will have the opportunity to develop their practice in a supportive, stimulating environment of leading academic, postgraduate researchers and internationally renowned artists. 

Yoko Ono is one of the pioneers of conceptual art and has an international exhibition career spanning nearly 50 years. From Sunday 14 December, BALTIC will present the two-floor exhibition YOKO ONO   BETWEEN THE SKY AND MY HEAD, comprising work by Yoko Ono from 1950s to the present.

The exhibition, one of the largest exhibitions of Yoko Ono’s work to date, is a major collaborative project with Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany, and will occupy two floors of BALTIC with additional works located outside the gallery.

Yoko Ono has a strong and irrepressible desire for freedom. This desire can be immediately recognised in her Imagine Peace billboards which will be located in prominent locations. Ono’s Wish Trees invite visitors to express their hopes and dreams by writing wishes on paper and hanging them on Wish Trees installed close to BALTIC.  These wishes will be gathered at the end of the exhibition, and sent to the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in Videy Island, Iceland, to join the rest of the wishes from around the world. Another work, SkyLadder - which might be read as an allegory for the exhibition’s title,YOKO ONO   BETWEEN THE SKY AND MY HEAD - invites us to consider an imaginary, spiritual space centred between the sky and earth. 

BALTIC presents a unique and innovative experience with Couples - A series of talking couples in conversation. The exhibition pairs complementary individuals whose unique profession or life experience are anticipated to generate an informed commentary on a variety of local and national topics.

Running from 1 October - 2 November, this exhibition pairs complementary individuals whose unique profession or life experience are anticipated to generate an informed commentary on a variety of local and national topics. As the experience of this exhibition is embedded in the relationship that the public make with the selected couples, each of the couples will be available to BALTIC’s diverse audiences for one day in adjoining rooms on Level 2.

This Award indicates the value and status we place on ARTIST TEACHERS at every level of education and within the field of Gallery Education. The BALTIC Artist Teachers Award 2014/15 has been awarded to Mo Coade. The exhibition fract is on display at Quay Gallery, Level 2 at BALTIC from 17 January – 1 March 2015

Click here for a case study on the Nokia sponsorship of BALTIC presents Turner Prize 2011.

Make your donation go even further without costing you a penny. Gift Aid is one of the simplest and most effective ways of giving to charity. Gift aid is tax relief on money donated to UK charities. For example, if you give us £10 a month we can claim an extra £2.50, making your gift worth £12.50 a month. Read more here.

Erwin Wurm, one of Austrias premier contemporary artists, continues his exploration of sculpture through differing media, in an exhibition presented both inside and outside of BALTIC. Two new works will be exhibited alongside Fat House (2003) and Truck (2005) - both previously unseen in the UK

One of the leading artists of her generation, Sam Taylor-Wood is acclaimed for her compelling psychological portraits in photography, film and video. This major BALTIC exhibition presents important new film and photographic works including one of a virtuoso cello performance as well as photographic portraits from her Crying Men series - arresting images of famous actors asked to perform and cry for the camera.

Building on the momentum of British Art Show 6 this group exhibition celebrates the work of artists based in the north east of England and showcases the art on our doorstep. 

Features work by Alex Charrington, Jo Coupe, Fiona Crisp, Graham Dolphin, Jennifer Douglas, Nisha Duggal, Taryn Edmonds, Peter Evans, Zuzana Hruskova, Albertsen, Ben Jones, Kevin Mason, Alan Smith, Matt Stokes, Miles Thurlow, Wolfgang Weileder and Miranda Whall.

FREE 
NO BOOKING REQUIRED
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When We Build, Let Us Think That We Build Forever includes works by emerging and established artists and dynamically engages the viewer in the depth and variety of this contemporary art collection. The exhibition features works from international artists such as Yoshitomo Nara, Ed Templeton, Tracey Emin, Jim Lambie, Banks Violette and Gilbert and George. Works by emerging artists such as Graham Dolphin and Boo Ritson also appear.

Andrea Zittel is most closely associated with the remarkable utopian structures she calls 'Wagon Stations' which explore what humans need for survival in different ways. Zittel’s projects are deeply rooted in her own daily life and delve into architecture, painting, photography, design, textiles, needlework and cooking.  

At the beginning of the last decade Zittel founded A-Z West in the remote Californian desert and began creating the 'Wagon Station' units in which everyday activities such as sleeping, eating, cooking and socialising could become artistic actions.  

On Kawara's One Million Years is an epic work of conceptual art. It speaks simply and directly about a subject that is relevant to us all: the passage and marking of time. The monumental 20-volume work is comprised of Past, a typewritten record of the date of every year from 998,031 BC to 1969 AD and Future, which accounts for 1996 AD to 1,001,995 AD. Past is dedicated to ‘all those who have lived and died’ and Future is ‘for the last one’.

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Elizabeth Price creates immersive video installations incorporating digital moving image, text and music. They draw upon existing archives of film, photography and physical collections of art to invent new, apocalyptic narratives.

Each video opens by establishing a particular setting: an auditorium, a sculpture gallery or, in her newest work, a wrecked container ship at the bottom of the sea. She draws upon historical film, photographic archives and collections of artefacts to generate fantasy episodes. 

As part of B.OPEN – BALTIC’s inaugural exhibition, Julian Opie has been commissioned to make new work for both inside and outside of the building. Opie has adorned the Level 2 art space and Level 5 Viewing Box, as well as the two glass boxes outside BALTIC on each side of the Millennium Bridge, with outlines of human bodies.

Belgian artist Carsten Höller’s installations on Level 2 take the form of two new light sculptures: a new commission BALTIC Phi Wall (2002) and Neon Circle (2001).

Newcastle-born artists Jane and Louise Wilson work collaboratively on their films, video installations and photographs which typically explore the relations between people and architectural space, particularly those spaces that are concealed, secret, or somehow forgotten.

As part of B.OPEN – BALTIC’s inaugural exhibition, BALTIC has commissioned influential American artist Chris Burden to make a scale model of the Tyne Bridge in Meccano. Tyne Bridge 2002) is the sixth in Burden’s series of model bridges that are made using massive quantities of Meccano and Erector Set parts. In Level 4 the viewer can experience the two bridges simultaneously: Chris Burden’s Tyne Bridge, 1/20th the size of the original and painted in the same distinctive green, and the original famous landmark that is visible through the glazed west façade of BALTIC.

BALTIC presents a David Shrigley exhibition injected with his typical dead-pan humour and intuitive wit. Shrigley's nonsensical and anarchic voice is ever present in work that he describes as in a sense ‘about everything and nothing’.

BALTIC presents a solo exhibition of large-scale photographic works by Fiona Crisp, curated from four distinct series of images, produced over the last six years. The images in question range from Early Christian Catacombs and a Second World War underground hospital in Guernsey, to the nearby lead mining museum at Killhope, County Durham. All of these locations were chosen by the artist primarily for the sense of physical power that they evoke but also for the fact that they are all now tourist sites where complex relationships between heritage, leisure and history are brought into question.

BALTIC presents Korean artist Kimsooja’s first solo exhibition in the UK. The exhibition includes the major works A Needle Woman and A Laundry Woman-Yamuna River, India. Kimsooja's work combines performance, video, and installation, addressing issues of the displaced self. Kimsooja brings together a conceptual, logical, and structural investigation of performance through immobility that inverts the notion of the artist as the predominant actor.

Shallow is a series of original musical paintings or cut-ups composed by Malcolm McLaren from appropriated clips lifted from film which depict people before sex. The footage is spliced, repeated and slowed down, resulting in a hypnotic, layered and provocative work.

BALTIC presents the only UK showing of Parrworld by the highly regarded and influential British photographer Martin Parr. The show will be presented over two floors; the first containing Luxury, a collection of over 40 recent works by Parr with the second floor housing more than 150 prints from some of the world’s most famous and significant photographers and photographic books and a range of objects from Parr’s personal collection.

In conjunction with Tate Connects, an initiative established in 2008 to develop partnerships between Tate and other UK galleries, BALTIC presents Damien Hirst’s major 1992 work Pharmacy.

Exhibition supported by Newcastle University’s Medical School – celebrating 175 years

I Never Wanted to Be Alone in a Room is an exhibition of two recent works by Egyptian artist in residence Mahmoud Khaled that examines notions of public and private space and the boundaries between the personal and the political. For As if You Weren't in your Own Home 2008, Khaled, armed with a small camera visited locations with personal associations in the city of Cairo the downtown square, train station, the banks of the Nile and night club boats. The resulting installation investigates self expression, social rituals and meaning in shared space.

Raqs Media Collective, based in New Delhi, comprises the artists Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. At the heart of its method is a sophisticated yet playful approach to language, memory and myth.

Consistently unconventional, John Cage unravelled the rules of musical composition, re-thinking and re-presenting the score. His subversive ideas and lectures on music in the 1940s and 50s were catalysts that continue to be significant to contemporary artists working today. Cage Mix: Sculpture & Sound brings together the work of eight contemporary artists that use the writings and scores of Cage as a source of inspiration: Sam Belinfante, Graham Gussin, Christian Marclay, Jeremy Millar, Katie Paterson, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Richard Rigg and Katja Strunz.

Every Day is a Good Day is the first major exhibition and publication devoted to the entire range of American composer, writer and artist John Cage’s prints, watercolours and drawings. Cage was one of the leading avant-garde composers of the twentieth century, most famous perhaps for his silent work of 1952, 4'33".

German artist Dirk Bell presents an exhibition of new work, and that not yet seen in the UK, including sculpture, animation, large-scale installation and the ephemeral, romantic drawings for which he is best known. The exhibition explores the enduring tussle between love and freedom, along with the universal structures that shape and control societies. Bell's own car will also appear, sporadically, as it makes a physical and metaphorical journey from Germany to Glasgow and now to Gateshead and beyond.

It has to be this way2 explores the complexities and uncertainties of history and memory. The installation resumes the story of the disappearance of the artist’s stepsister, Christine Parkes. Presented on a circular screen within a structure derived from forts on the West African Gold Coast, Christine’s stepmother narrates her tale while the film retraces her travels through West Africa. The complex and unsettling story takes the viewer on a journey that navigates the occult, the subconscious and the fragmentation of personal memory.

It has to be this way2 was co-commissioned by the National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen and Mead Gallery, Warwick 

New York-based Danish artist Jesper Just's short films have the formal qualities and gloss of Hollywood productions while resisting their narrative conventions. His lavish visual language, overlapping musical, literary and cinematic references deliver a framework onto which the viewer can attach personal memory. Despite its often highly charged emotional content, Just's work is ambiguous, uncertain and never reaches the moment of 'closure'. 

The exhibition at BALTIC is Just's first in a public gallery in the UK and includes three works: Bliss and Heaven 2004, A Vicious Undertow 2007, and new work Sirens of Chrome 2010. 

Payne's Grey: Coinciding with The Sly and Unseen Day, this intimate presentation in BALTIC’s Level 2 gallery showcases a strand of George Shaw’s practice that has never been seen before. Fourteen watercolours, named after the peculiar shade of their creation, provide a new take on Shaw’s familiar subject matter. “Once I started painting skies in Payne’s Grey and following Constable’s dictum that the sky was like the tuning fork for the tone of the painting, I began to simply allow the whole world to be sky coloured. And like the worst fears of Chicken Licken the sky did fall in - and the painted world became Payne’s Grey.”

This major exhibition of the work of British artist George Shaw will bring together some forty paintings from 1996 to the present day. Within a practice that has encompassed drawing, video-making, performance and writing, Shaw is best known for his expansive body of painting. Based upon photographs taken of and around his childhood home on the Tile Hill Estate, Coventry, Shaw’s landscapes are at once familiar and unnerving.

 

Highly aware of our technology-saturated world, New York-based Mariah Robertson bridges photography, painting, film and sculpture with images that, at first, hark back to the slower, semi-pre-digital arena of her youth. Working in a darkroom using analogue techniques now in their demise, Robertson manipulates photographic materials to reveal their strengths and fallibilities. Her hands-on approach sees chemical mishaps 'paint' the photographic surface, and an array of objects exposed directly on the paper or obstructing the enlarger.

Working with photography, video and drawing, Pakistani artist, Bani Abidi looks at manifestations of state power and resilience in civil society. For this her first UK solo public exhibition, Abidi is presenting Section Yellow, comprising the film The Distance from Here along with several photographic series.

The art of Öyvind Fahlström represents one of the least explored areas of the art of the 1960s and 1970s. 

The exhibition at BALTIC is Fahlström’s first solo show in the UK and is the largest presentation of his work to date.

Even though BALTIC opened to the public in July 2002, the first BALTIC exhibition which was seen on the site of the building was Tarantantara by Anish Kapoor.

Displayed over BALTIC’s two largest galleries, this major exhibition consists of paintings, sculptures and Holzer’s spectacular LED installations.

Spanning BALTIC's Level 3 and Level 4 Galleries, this major exhibition of American artist Robert Breer brings together his paintings, ground-breaking films and radical sculptures from the last 60 years. Considered one of the most influential animator/film-makers in history, this is the artist’s most comprehensive exhibition to date. 

Robert Breer sadly died on Thursday 11 August 2011 aged 84.

Exhibition at BALTIC supported by:
The Henry Moore Foundation 

intro to FAQ

BALTIC produce two different series of freely available video podcasts designed to enhance your experience. Both provide a great insight into BALTIC exhibitions and are useful prior, during or after any visit to BALTIC, or even if you can’t visit and want to find out more about contemporary art.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art presents Doubtful Sound a major new exhibition by one of Britain’s leading artists Cornelia Parker. The exhibition incorporates new work with rarely seen pieces including sculpture, film, drawings, photographs and objects.

Anselm Kiefer is one of the foremost figures of post-war painting. This exhibition, the largest of the artist’s in the UK for many years, spans forty years of his work. 

BALTIC is committed to operating sustainably and responsibily in a number of ways. 

BALTIC has been awarded and recognised for a number of achievements including winning the public-voted National Lottery Award 2012 for Best Arts Project.

BALTIC's key stakeholders, funders, supporters and BALTIC Patrons.

Key contact information for getting in touch with BALTIC.

NewcastleGateshead Cultural Venues (NGCV) is an alliance of the 10 principal building-based producers and presenters representing a very wide range of cultural forms.

Contemporary Visual Arts Network is an independent national consortium of artists, arts professionals and arts organisations in England dedicated to working together to find new ways to strengthen the visual arts and to support the arts more broadly.

BxNU is a significant collaboration between Northumbria University and BALTIC. This ground breaking partnership creates a learning environment that unites academic research excellence and innovative contemporary art practice.

BALTIC Archive contains a wealth of information about past, present and future BALTIC projects including press cuttings, publicity and images. 

BALTIC has a number of spaces and rooms available for a special occasion of many sizes. We can ensure your party or event is a memorable one with the perfect look and feel.  

BALTIC offers a series of professional development at a higher educational level for indoviduals, groups, practicing artists and freelance artists. Browsw the full information here.

We believe that art transforms people’s lives. Gifts in Wills are an important and crucial source of funding, providing lasting support which will help to safeguard BALTIC’s ability to enrich more people’s lives now and in the future. 

Become a BALTIC Patron and enjoy unique opportunities to socialise and network with a group of like minded individuals who are passionate about one of the UK’s leading arts organisations.

Support from Trusts and Foundations is crucial to BALTIC’s ability to grow as an organisation and make a real difference to people’s lives.

This year the Turner Prize, one of the most prestigious for contemporary art, is being organised by BALTIC. It is the first time the Prize has been presented outside of Tate in its 27 year history. Established in 1984 to celebrate new developments in contemporary art, the Prize is awarded each year to a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding.

In partnership with Tate
Connected by NOKIA / Presented by Channel 4
Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, NewcastleGateshead Initiative, Northern Rock Foundation.
Media Partner: The Guardian  

Matt Stokes' remarkable video and audio installation takes the form of an amphitheatre of screens presenting a new musical composition, created in collaboration with the leading British composer Orlando Gough and six grindcore vocalists.

There are many opportunities available to community and youth groups. Click here to find out what community opportunities are available at BALTIC and how to contact us to discuss further.

The notion of BALTIC began in 1991 when Northern Arts (now Arts Council England North East) announced its ambition to achieve ‘major new capital facilities for the Contemporary Visual Arts in Central Tyneside’.

Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC is a major international centre for contemporary art.

Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC is a major international centre for contemporary art.

Are You Talking To Me? is Berlin-based photographer Thomas Florschuetz’s first major exhibition outside Germany. This work spans a 10 year period and is made up of large scale colour prints, often produced and hung in a series.

New York-based artist Barnaby Furnas presented an exhibition of bright, intensely coloured figurative paintings.

Furnas’ large-scale oil paintings and smaller watercolours depicted grand themes of love, death and conflict with images of violence and war presented alongside those of mass gatherings and celebration. The artist often looks to the past for subject matter, although the influence of recent media such as cinematic special effects and video game animation is unmistakable in these new works.

Italian artist Maurizio Cannavacciuolo animates surfaces with his intricate and intense drawings. The sprawling images are almost invisible yet overwhelming, featuring patterns with floral and cosmic themes and tableaux lifted from style magazines.

At BALTIC his work in the Level 5 Viewing Box included new elements from research carried out locally. The resulting images, delicately drawn in pencil onto the walls, formed a very personal world which encouraged viewers to create their own adventure.

Berlin-based Canadian artist Germaine Koh helped to welcome the Tall Ships Race to the Tyne with Relay: an intervention into the fabric of the BALTIC building.

Koh installed lights around the Level 4 outdoor viewing platform which flashed in Morse code - broadcasting messages received via SMS (text message). The beacon merged early technologies for communication and navigation with some of the more contemporary methods by which information flows today.

Visitors were able to text their own messages to Relay for the duration of the exhibition – at least one marriage proposal was recorded.

 

In their first UK exhibition Swiss artists Monica Studer and Christoph van den Berg brought the 19th century connection between English mountain climbers and Swiss alpine tourism into the digital age by creating an interactive portrayal of the mountain landscape remembered from their childhood holidays.

Visitors to the Level 2 gallery were greeted by a digital panorama that is the full height of the space. They could sit and enjoy the breathtaking view of the fictitious Gleissenhorn mountain region while their presence was captured by a live camera. The scene in the gallery was then broadcast online, at the artists’ ‘virtual hotel’: Vue Des Alpes. Package Holiday also included a weather webcam, as well as a life-sized projection of the Gleissenhorn waterfall. The artists created the works in this exhibition, not from photographs, but by modelling their memories using 3D software packages. Package Holiday was a new BALTIC commission.
 
Click here to view all Library and Archive entries for Monica Studer and Christoph van den Berg

The British Art Show is one of the most important landmarks in defining current trends and new directions in contemporary British art. Organised by Hayward Gallery Touring, the exhibition is presented in different cities across Britain every five years.

Dynamic and engaging, British Art Show 6 comes at a time when the art scene in the UK is larger, more vibrant, more diverse and more internationally orientated than at any other time in the British Art Show’s 26 year history. Curated by Alex Farquharson and Andrea Schlieker the exhibition features works in all media including painting, sculpture, installation, film, video and performance - made by fifty artists and artists groups over the last five years.

BALTIC invites you on a multi-sensory journey through The Space - Time Tunnel, a 35 metre tunnel of newspapers, magazines and 66 television screens broadcasting global television programmes.

Chinese artist Wang Du’s first UK solo exhibition will introduce The Space-TimeTunnel, a large-scale sculptural installation which submerges the visitor into a giddying media flow. Exhibition visitors are invited to journey through a mass of newspapers and magazines combined with more than 66 TV-screens, incessantly broadcasting programmes from global television networks.

Subodh Gupta is an Indian artist whose work is influenced by his experience of migration, displacement and travel. In a humorous and ironic way his work comments on India’s rapidly changing society. To make his sculptures Gupta often uses materials from everyday Indian life, such as domestic stainless steel utensils, old machinery and cow dung.

For his exhibition at BALTIC, Gupta will create new work for a sculpture based installation in the ground floor exhibition space.

Korean artist Sora Kim creates new experiences of everyday occurrences. Through gentle interventions Kim engages with local communities and encourages audience involvement.

In her project for BALTIC, the artist explored the possibilities of translating personal stories from visitors into a project for the Café Bar.

Download BALTIC presents Turner Prize 2011 Resource

Useful for use with the following topics:
Modernism, Video, Installation, Everyday 

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is an Arts Award Welcome organisation, which means that we can support young people and organisations to achieve the Arts Award.

Our friendly, informative BALTIC Crew are available on every floor. Approach them with any questions you have, from artworks to facilities. 

Drop by Level 2 any day during gallery hours and tune into our in-house television channel, BALTIC TV.

For artist teachers wanting to further or re-establish their artistic practicedevelop your personal and professional artistic practice with this flexible part-time MA course. The course enables artist educators, to further or re-establish their artistic practice within a supportive, innovative and creative environment, with tutorials and taught sessions on evenings and weekends at Northumbria University and at BALTIC.

BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art, based at BALTIC 39, will present students with the opportunity to develop their practice in a supportive, stimulating environment of leading academic, postgraduate researchers and internationally renowned artists. 

BxNU is a significant collaboration between Northumbria University and BALTIC. This ground breaking partnership creates a learning environment that unites academic research excellence and innovative contemporary art practice.

Appointed in November 2011, Professor Christine Borland is an artist with an established international reputation who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997. Her practice explores art, ethics, medical humanities and bio-politics.

BALTIC 39, a new hub for contemporary art located on High Bridge Street in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne is a collaboration between Newcastle City Council, Arts Council England, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University. Click here to read more.

BALTIC 39, a new hub for contemporary art located on High Bridge Street in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne is a collaboration between Newcastle City Council, Arts Council England, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University. Click here to read more.

View location map with parking details and directions on getting to BALTIC.

Set of 4 maurizio Anzeri Postcards. Images taken from the current BALTIC exhibition. maurizio Anzeri’s unusual working process brings together found photographs and embroidery.

Set of 4 maurizio Anzeri Postcards. Images taken from the current BALTIC exhibition. maurizio Anzeri’s unusual working process brings together found photographs and embroidery.

Download BALTIC at Work resourse.

BALTIC celebrated its tenth birthday with a party on Friday 22 June. Hundreds of people turned up for the special late night opening to get the first look at the summer season exhibitions by Mark Wallinger, Janet Cardiff and Richard Rigg. Late night drinks were served in River Terrace as guest DJ, Peter Brewis from Field Music spun tunes into the early hours.

DAILY / 10.00-18.00 / FREE
Discover BALTIC’s past and present on Level 2 this spring as we look forward to our tenth birthday in July 2012. BALTIC Lounge offers a space to remember favourite exhibitions from the past and to find out more about the present programme. You can also buy a coffee, tea or soft drink from the coffee trike.

SAT 14 - SUN 15 JUL 2012 / 11.00 - 16.00 / FREE
Get into the party spirit this summer and help us to celebrate ten years of exciting exhibitions and family fun. Ten artists will be located throughout the building to encourage you to get involved as you jump from one exciting activity to another and explore ten different artforms. Click for more info.

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BALTIC SHOP Image. BALTIC SHOP celebrates the summer season with an array of gifts and accessories to really get the party started. 

BALTIC presents Run, Black River, Run by Turner Prize nominee, Mark Titchner which creates a psychologically unnerving space, combining image and sound. The exhibition features the video installation, The Eye Don’t See Itself, depicting a kaleidoscopic, unblinking eye, mirrored in a black pool.  The installation questions our blind faith in advertising and obedience to authority.

Finnish artist Salla Tykkä (born Helsinki, 1973) is known for photographs and videos with historically and psychologically charged narratives. Her dramatically edited footage plays with cinematic structures and is often set to familiar, grandiose film scores. Since 2008, Tykkä has been completing a trilogy of films: Victoria 2008, Airs Above the Ground 2010 and, most recently, Giant 2013, which has been co-commissioned by BALTIC. The Palace comprises an installation featuring all three works and is the first exhibition to bring them together. It also marks the international premiere of Giant.

During the 1970s and 80s, Icelandic artist Sigurdur Gudmundsson made a remarkable series of photographs documenting his temporary actions and interventions in the world around him. In this exhibition, the first solo presentation of Gudmundsson’s work in the UK, a selection of these poetic, often humorous photographs, called Situations, will be shown alongside some of his more recent sculptures.

Co-commissioned by BALTIC as part of our pre-opening programme, we are delighted to present Janet Cardiff’s The Forty Part Motet which has delighted and moved audiences around the world over the last decade. It returns to the North East for the first time since its original showing at Newcastle Castle Keep and for the fist time ever at BALTIC.  

A reworking of the renaissance choral work for forty voices Spem in Alium Nunquam Habui 1573 by Thomas Tallis, The Forty Part Motet consists of forty separately recorded voices played back through forty individual speakers grouped in eight choirs of five singers. The work allows the audience to get inside the music and experience it almost tangibly as the voices weave in and out of each other. 

Twice nominated for the Turner Prize, once in 1995 and again in 2007 when he won, Mark Wallinger is one of the best known figures in the British art world. In 1999 his Ecce Homo occupied Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth to great acclaim and in 2001 he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale. For SITE, the artist’s largest exhibition in the UK for over a decade, Wallinger will realise three major new commissions and give the UK premiere of his new film ‘Construction Site’ 2011.

Wallinger turns everyday moments of life into transcendent possibilities, Attempting to systematise nature, the mundane and the abstract, 10000000000000000 2012 catalogues and compares 65,536 stones, each occupying its own square on a gargantuan checkerboard — the simplest binary device for implying order. The Other Wall, in contrast, sees randomness contained in the form of a monumental brick wall. Each brick is numbered sequentially by hand prior to construction and then distributed with no order. On the side of BALTIC’s building, overlooking the River Tyne, Wallinger creates the simplest of self-portraits for a digital age. 

BALTIC presents a new collaborative project by Slovenian born and New York based artist Tobias Putrih and American architect and design company MOS. For this installation Putrih has used Styrofoam blocks and stack structures according to the basic rules of equilibrium and ‘maximum overhang stacking’ to produce a lightweight structure that appears on the verge of collapse.

Putrih’s work exists between science, sculpture and architecture,  his projects informed by improvisation and often by collaboration with others. The artist choosing to use temporary materials such as cardboard, Styrofoam and packing tape in seemingly improvised way, though the results are highly ordered and systematic. His striking and thoughtful constructions may be thought as models or design concepts where the potential of an idea is explored, but this can extend to making proposals for objects or entire architectural spaces, sometimes that will never be built.  

Charles Avery // Marcus Coates // Dorothy Cross // Mark Dion // Andrew Dodds // Mark Fairnington // Ben Jeans Houghton // Tania Kovats // Conrad Shawcross

A Duck for Mr. Darwin is a group exhibition of contemporary artists exploring evolutionary thinking and the Theory of Natural Selection. The exhibition focuses on the legacy of Charles Darwin’s ideas and is informed by the spirit of experimentation which was so distinctive to the time in which he lived.

A Duck for Mr. Darwin presents individual artworks which mix fact and fiction, experimentation and observation, methods of display and several artists’ own research of and journeys to the Galapagos Islands.  Located within Level 3 gallery, the exhibition presents work by nine contemporary artists including a number of new commissions.

Artist and writer Harland Miller presents a collection of paintings and montages at BALTIC from this May. These works, located on the ground floor, have been made or adapted, specifically for BALTIC from a series of works Miller has referred to as the Bad Weather paintings. Based on the dust jackets of old Penguin books they are painterly reproductions of these iconic classics but with fictitious titles that are specific to the North East where Miller himself grew up.

In execution these works reference American abstraction, and German expressionism, which when combined with his writers love of text, create a feeling of belonging to a tradition of very English pop art. As such, the resultant work, which hints at the beat up nature of old paperbacks, evokes a wilful sense of nostalgia within which there are equal measures of the humour and tragedy innate in the culture of the north: Bridlington - Costal Erosion – It’s Not All Bad News; Yorkshire – It Was A Struggle When Times Were Good and You Can Rely On Me – I’ll Always Let You Down.

BALTIC presents American Artist, Sarah Sze’s largest UK solo exhibition to date.  Tilting Planet is a cluster of sculptural installations each cobbled together out of common disposable items such as water bottles, drawing pins, paper, salt, string, lamps, matchsticks and wire.  Sze’s expansive sculptural vocabulary uses these items constructively to precisely build structures that defamiliarise our preconceived ideas of these objects, lending them a new found use and vitality.  These cumulative sculptures mould themselves into spaces – spreading ivy-like throughout the gallery. 

The fantastical imagination of French artist Fabien Verschaere will transform BALTIC’s ground floor gallery.

Verschaere’s first UK exhibition creates a world that exists somewhere between fairytales, dreams and nightmares. He uses wall painting, watercolours, drawing, video animation and sound to create a theatre of characters that can be humorous, menacing and sometimes disturbing.

BALTIC presents an exhibition by seminal artist Keith Haring. Haring’s work responded to the street culture of New York in the 1980s, and he used the directness of graffiti art to make his signature style known. Powerfully combining the voice of the street and the voice of the gallery system, he created a visual language which has become universally recognised.

BALTIC will display a series of drawings created during an extremely immersive time when the artist returned to drawing after his time as a student at the School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York when he experimented widely with video, performance and installation. Though he always maintained a strong commitment to drawing, in 1980 the longing to devote more time, energy and focus upon this medium became overwhelming, and it was during this period that he developed his unique visual language. This is the first time these drawings have been displayed in the UK.

During a recent residency at BALTIC, artist Candice Breitz invited a diverse community of dedicated John Lennon fans to pay tribute to their hero in a recording studio in Newcastle upon Tyne. Each fan was given the opportunity to re-perform Lennon’s first solo album Plastic Ono Band (1970), from beginning to end.

The resulting video installation, with a looping duration of 39 minutes and 55 seconds (matching the length of the original album), will be displayed on 25 plasma screens that are staggered spirally around BALTIC’s seven-story-high public stairway. Each 42” plasma screen is dedicated to one fan’s idiosyncratic re-performance of the howling and cathartic songs on Plastic Ono Band, an album that explores the traumas of Lennon’s childhood (isolation, abandonment and death), and which was made parallel to Lennon and Yoko Ono undergoing intense Primal Therapy with Dr. Arthur Janov.


In addition to the gongs a series of eight benches for the building, with excerpts of text taken from William Blakes The Proverbs of Hell, are sited in public viewing and orientation areas around BALTIC.

Find out more about current and forthcoming projects developed and presented by BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art at BALTIC 39.

Appointed in November 2011, Professor Christine Borland is an artist with an established international reputation who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997. Her practice explores art, ethics, medical humanities and bio-politics. 

To help you get the most out of your visit to BALTIC, we offer several informal, friendly and informative tours. No booking required. 

Suitable for EYFS, KS1&2 and SEND 
BALTIC’S fabulous vantage point on the River Tyne and stunning views of its bridges inspire this one hour creative drawing session.

25 SEP 2013: BALTIC has launched a search and selection to strengthen Board-level governance with the appointment of a number of new trustees, trading company directors and Audit Committee members.

Located on Level 2 and open 7 days a week, Quay is a fun and relaxed open area for people of all ages to come and enjoy a range of activities and creative play. 

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BALTIC presents Egyptian artist Mona Marzouk’s first UK solo exhibition. Marzouk tackles universal themes in her work. She reassembles varied influences including architectural histories, mythology and technology. Marzouk imagines an alternative to cultural difference, a “hybridised future”. For the exhibition at BALTIC Marzouk will produce a new site-specific installation.

BALTIC presents Egyptian artist Mona Marzouk’s first UK solo exhibition. Marzouk tackles universal themes in her work. She reassembles varied influences including architectural histories, mythology and technology. Marzouk imagines an alternative to cultural difference, a “hybridised future”. For the exhibition at BALTIC Marzouk will produce a new site-specific installation.

BALTIC presents Egyptian artist Mona Marzouk’s first UK solo exhibition. Marzouk tackles universal themes in her work. She reassembles varied influences including architectural histories, mythology and technology. Marzouk imagines an alternative to cultural difference, a “hybridised future”. For the exhibition at BALTIC Marzouk will produce a new site-specific installation.

BALTIC presents the work of photographer and film-maker Beat Streuli, as part of the Great North Run Cultural Programme. His work documents the mundane, transient, pedestrian activity of urban life through photography and film. Beat visited the 2007 BUPA Great North Run weekend to create portraits of runners and spectators at the event. Capturing people in their natural state, often unawares, he used a long lens camera to create uncontrived images, free from artifice.

As well as capturing these unique images of the public, his work for the Cultural Programme is also a response to the more usual and well publicised photos taken at the event, which are often staged with specially selected photogenic or quirky subjects. Streuli has exhibited across the world, including at the 1998 Sydney Biennial and the 1997 Johannesburg Biennial, as well as solo shows at Tate as part of the Art: Now series and at Palais do Tokyo, this will be the first time that Streuli’s work has been created and exhibited in the North East.

BALTIC presents a new work by artist duo Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, as part of the Great North Run Cultural Programme. The filmed portrait of the Great North Run, Run for Me, embodies the spirit of the event by looking at the emotions and stories that surround it. They have created a portrait of the real people and emotions that make up the event.

Aiming to embody what participating in the event means to the runners, the work explores the larger themes of how we choose to shape ourselves, test ourselves, achieve our hopes and most importantly, how we then communicate that to others. Forsyth and Pollard filmed participants in the 2007 Great North Run in the week prior to the event, edited to create a single screen work approximately an hour long. The work is a dynamic collage of talking heads, with a new narrative composition weaved together from the hundreds stories.

BALTIC's significant Archive of physical and digital items relating to its ten year exhibition programme and history can be searched and browsed on BALTIC Library & Archive Database. This includes 1000s of catalogued images, films, texts, audio files and digitised items.

BALTIC collaborates with AV Festival 08 to restage a unique performance by composer and artist John Cage. Variations VII was originally conceived for 9 Evenings in New York City, 1966.

This rarely performed work by one of the most innovative figures of the 20th Century will be recreated by BALTIC and AV Festival using contemporary musicians for one night only on Friday 29 February 2008.

To accompany this special performance of Variations VII, the documentary filmJohn Cage Variations VII from the series of films on the 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering will be screened in the cinema until Sunday 2 March. The film was produced by Billy Klüver and Julie Martin for Experiments in Art and Technology and directed by Barbro Schultz Lundestam.

Download Practical Approaches to Contemporary Art Resource produced in association with ARTIST ROOMS.

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Suitable for KS3, 4 post 16 & SEND
Led by BALTIC staff, this introduction to the Thomas Scheibitz ONE-Time Pad show will explore his inspiration, key works and context.

 

BALTIC offers a range of free events for families to get involved in every season. Find out what regular activities you can join in with or what special events coming up. 

BALTIC offer opportunities throughout the year to attend artist talks, exhbiitions tours with BALTIC curators and artist performances. Find out which events are coming up and how to book. 

BALTIC offers continual professional development opportunities for regional artists through 1-To-1 Mentor Sessions, recruitment of artists for a team who deliver participatory studio sessions alongside the BxNU programme. 

Discover BALTIC’s past and present on Level 2 this spring as we look forward to our tenth birthday in July 2012. BALTIC Lounge offers a space to remember favourite exhibitions from the past and to find out more about the present programme.

BALTIC Spotlight is an ongoing video series which features BALTIC Crew introducing the exhibitions in an informative and friendly way. Find out more with interesting information and insights into the art and artists of BALTIC's exhibtions. 

BALTIC Bites is an ongoing video series featuring artists and curators and authoritative insights on BALTIC’s exhibitions. They include interviews with the artists themselves, footage of exhibitions, curators and studios.

An introduction to the four artists shorlisted for the 2011 Turner Prize hosted by BALTIC. (Turn2011) Available from October 18th.

Drop by Level 2 any day during gallery hours and tune into our in-house television channel, BALTIC TV.

To help you get the most out of your visit to BALTIC,we offer several informal, friendly and informative tours.

BALTIC hosts a range of activities to support teachers including informal network events, BALTIC Buddies and the MA Fine Art & Education for Artist Teachers course in association with Northumbria University.

Get more out of your visit and explore our exhibitions by joining one of our spotlight tours, visit Level 2 to tune into BALTIC TV, browse our Library or make an appointment to access BALTIC Archive. 

There are a number of ways you can support BALTIC on an individual level and to make your gift go even further using Gift Aid. Find out about making regular donations, becoming a Patron or leaving a gift in your will.

We offer many opportunities for schools and colleges, from group visits to tours to artist-led sessions. Click here to find out what opportunities are available and how to contact us to discuss further.

BALTIC offers a range of special events for families to get involved in every season, most of which are completely free. Additionally, BALTIC has specially dedicated area called Quay for families to learn, create and play.

Watch a brand new film which gives you some insight into why your donation matters to BALTIC.

Download a Fortune Teller resource with key questions, prompts and ideas to stimulate discussion, critique and debate. For use at BALTIC and in the classroom.

BALTIC is delighted to announce a solo exhibition by Becks Futures Prize winner and locally based artist Matt Stokes. The Gainsborough Packet is a co-commission with London based gallery 176 and NewcastleGateshead’s BALTIC.  The Gainsborough Packet is the culmination of a year’s research and development, which began with Stokes’s discovery in the Tyne & Wear Archives of a letter written in 1828 by an ordinary man named John Burdikin living in Newcastle upon-Tyne.

This exhibition by Newcastle-based Paul Moss features a new body of work, created during the artist’s three-month residency at Durham Cathedral.

Moss uses a variety of media, working with both the obviously handmade and pieces fabricated and finished by specialist manufacturers. He is interested in communication, particularly the meanings hidden within everyday objects which we take for granted. For example, in earlier work he explores the concealed language of red and white hazard tape, and its ability to signal both warning and institutionalised incompetence.

Phyllida Barlow makes large-scale work from what she describes as ‘low-tec, mundane materials’, such as house paint, Plaster of Paris, discarded plastic and wood. She applies these materials to the traditional craft of sculpture, where she interrogates the possibilities of form, mass, volume, space and scale.

Often the complex internal construction of a work is revealed, showing pieced-together frameworks that appear battered, damaged, worn, repaired and mended. The construction is minimal, sometimes appearing unstable, and surfaces are often splattered and daubed with paint, the forms partially disguised or disfigured in what the artist describes as an act of emotional release.

BALTIC presents a work by Lithuanian-born, New York-based artist Žilvinas Kempinas. His unique installations often use unspooled videotape and electric fans to conjure transfixing visual conundrums such as Flying Tape, which consisted of a vast loop of videotape suspended in mid-air upon the currents from a circle of fans; and White Noise a monumental kinetic screen of vibrating videotape. Kempinas represented Lithuania at the 53rd Venice Biennale, 2009.

Produced by BALTIC and AV Festival 10: Energy

A major exhibition of the work of two prominent American artists, Nancy Spero and Kiki Smith.

From two different generations, both artists share a history in feminism and an experience of the New York art world. Working in an essentially figurative style and sharing a visual language rooted in the female body, Spero and Smith’s art addresses issues of the feminine across cultures and mythologies. This exhibition draws attention to thematic, cultural and physical affinities existing in the work of these two artists.

This exhibition constitutes the most wide-ranging survey of Hiller’s work in a career which now spans some 30 years. The exhibition includes a number of Hiller’s major installations, including colour projection work Magic Lantern (1987), through to more recent installations investigating paranormal powers – Wild Talents (1998) and Witness (2000) – alongside a major new audio installation, Clinic.

British artist Beryl Cook is self-taught and is celebrated for her paintings of people going about their daily activities.

Her work pictures familiar social situations such as girls on a hen night, in a disco or shopping; men in the pub, at a strip club or at the market. In her paintings Cook captures moments of social history, portrayed with a playful streak of naughtiness. This exhibition will be the largest survey of Cook’s work to date.

Liverpool-born artist Linder has been developing collages, photomontage, music, film and performance since the late 1970s. The exhibition includes works from the series Pretty Girl No.1- natural poses (1977), in which images of models from pornographic magazines are merged with household objects. This technique of combining both the sexuality of women and also their domesticity is an attack on conventional female roles and representation.

BALTIC offers a range of free digital teaching resources to support visits at all stages: planning, pre-visit, visit, research and reflection.

BALTIC offers a range of free digital teaching resources to support visits at all stages: planning, pre-visit, visit, research and reflection. Click here to browse the Primary & Secondary resources bank.

BALTIC offers a range of free digital teaching resources to support visits at all stages: planning, pre-visit, visit, research and reflection.

Find out what exhibitions are scheduled at BALTIC's newest exhibition space at BALTIC 39 in High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne

Suitable for EYFS, KS1, 2 & SEND
Practical art workshops delivered by one of BALTIC’s experienced artist facilitators develop your pupils’ artistic inspiration, influences, skills and techniques.  

Suitable for KS3 & 4
Take part in a behind the scenes tour, question staff members and learn more about the types of jobs at BALTIC in this interactive 1 hour session.   

 

ARKA Group: Ben Jeans Houghton & Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau / Darren Banks / Paul Becker, Nadia Hebson & Tess Denman-Cleaver / Graeme Durant / Ella Finer Andrea Jespersen / Andrew Lacon / Kate Liston & Dan Wilde / Ben Sansbury / Andro Semeiko / Eleanor Wright & Sam Watson

The 11 exhibitions are to be held in the project space at BALTIC 39 from 4 September – 6 October. BALTIC 39 | FIGURE ONE is an opportunity for artists to test works and ideas, or to develop works in progress within a public context.

As part of BALTIC's pre-opening programme B4B, a series of projections by Jenny Holzer took place on BALTIC and other outdoor sites in Tyneside. 

Blackout brings together a remarkable newsequence of images taken in Iceland by Britishphotographer Dan Holdsworth. Occupyinga space between documentary and themake-believe, Holdsworth’s photographscombine traditional analogue methods withdigital processing to transform the elementalterrain of a giant glacier as it melts away. Theresult is an other-worldly vision of the future.Reproduced at a grand scale, the blue of skybecomes the deep black of space, while theearth appears in negative, beyond imaginablehuman time and space.

BALTIC presents an exhibition of recent work by American artist Jordan Baseman. Developed from the interview process that is at the heart of Baseman’s practice, the works in the exhibition use found footage and original material to accompany voice-driven narratives.

In collaboration with spider researchers andastrophysicists, Tomas Saraceno has spentseveral years developing the 350 cubic metreinstallation that will fill BALTIC’s Level 2Gallery from July. Scientists create largescalemodels of spiders’ webs and examinetheir construction to explain the origin andstructure of the universe. The starting pointfor Saraceno’s new work was a model of thepoisonous Black Widow’s web. The giganticinstallation, made in collaboration with theBonniers Konsthall, Sweden, will span floorto ceiling.

Both is an exhibition of Olav Christopher Jenssen’s work which presents a selection of new paintings and, for the first time, new ceramic sculptures. Jenssen’s canvases challenge the conventions of painting; abstract marks and symbols, combined with letters and numbers create humorous, sensitive, banal and at the same time poetic images, devoid of any heroic gesture or subject matter.

BALTIC presents the first major European exhibition of American artist Joesph Havel. In his work he often uses ordinary materials, such as white shirts, curtains and tablecloths and transforms them into sculptures and wall installations.

The exhibition will feature works that highlight Havel’s transformation of elements from everyday life into poetic and timeless forms. Night explores the mental state between sleeping, dreaming and being awake. Two of the works in this exhibition, Sam Can't Sleep and Criticism and Gossip (fountains) were inspired by a diary of words and ideas randomly recorded when waking from his dreams. 

Finnish artist Antti Laitinen is undertook a 3 month residency at BALTIC, ending on 10 July 2005.

Laitinen’s work draws on environmental art, land art and performance art. By scanning a self portrait onto a map he creates a route to follow. He orienteers along the outline of his image, allowing for the limitations set by nature or construction, and later creates an image of a new environment using GPS (Global Positioning Systems) technology.

Laitinen developed this body of work by navigating the streets of Tyneside and the Northumbrian countryside. These new works featured in his Level 1 exhibition.

This extensive joint exhibition by Veli Granö and Tuovi Hippeläinen explores the Finnish artists’ views of the world and life stories filtered through ideas, images, narrations and memories.

The exhibition looks at the ways in which people construct reality and create meanings around them as well as developing values and conceptions of the world.

Rien - Is That All? features a clay workshop where visitors are invited to make a self portrait from clay. These will then be displayed in the gallery as part of the exhibition.

The show also includes installation and photography by Veli Granö and video installation by Tuovi Hippeläinen.

Limbo-land showcases the work of collaborative duo Zoë Walker and Neil Bromwich. This presentation at BALTIC has been programmed to coincide with an outdoor projection of Limbo-land commissioned and staged by Glow 07 from 4 -17 December next to the Fire Station on Pilgrim Street, Newcastle.

Walker and Bromwich work in a variety of media exploring different relationships between people and their social and political environments in surreal and often absurd ways. Limbo-land is a film of lunar exploration at dawn and dusk.

BALTIC presents a major exhibition by emerging Newcastle-based artist Ant Macari, continuing BALTICs ongoing commitment to local artists. Macari’s direct physical response to the space has resulted in a new series of site-responsive drawings, traceable throughout the building. This presentation of Ant Macari’s work is expansive and involving, presenting new visual challenges to us in and around the gallery that reaches beyond the conventional art exhibition.

For twenty years, Serhiy Bratkov has photographed the unique absurdities of everyday life that have taken hold in the streets of Kyiv, Kharkiv and Moscow since the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Bratkov always works in series, calling into question the validity of a single point of view.

Portuguese artist Vasco Araujo presents the result of his BALTIC residency in his first UK exhibition. Araujo collaborated with local musicians and community leaders to produce the new video installation About Being Different.

Araujo’s work explores ideas of community and marginality and is inspired by Benjamin Britten’s Opera, Peter Grimes which is about a fisherman persecuted by his village.

At the beginning of the 20th century the coastal stretch between Seaham and Hartlepool was one of the most densely industrialised areas in western Europe and one of the world’s major centres for the deep mining of coal. Konttinen’s The Coal Coast, a series of landscapes exploring the eerie aftermath of the pit closures, comes after three years’ intensive photography of the metamorphosis of County Durham’s ‘black’ beaches, her work a kind of post-industrial fossil hunt.

Etienne Clément has been taking photographs of BALTIC since 1998 when the original 1950s flour mill sat derelict.

Clément returned to BALTIC at regular intervals between 1998 and 2002 to document the transformation of the building into an international centre for contemporary art.

The exhibition presents a selection of these black and white photographs.

Domain Field, a new commission created and displayed in the Level 4 gallery, involved the participation of volunteers from Newcastle and Gateshead. Visitors to BALTIC could view the making of this piece from the Level 5 viewing terrace from February 2003, where volunteers aged from two to 85 years were moulded in plaster by teams of specially trained staff. These moulds were then used to construct the individual ‘Domain’ sculptures by a process of welding steel elements together inside each mould.

The finished work is a sparkling myriad of stainless steel trajectories, giving the impression of a vast energy field made up of clusters, each defining the particular presence of a living inhabitant of Gateshead and Newcastle.

BALTIC presents Surasi Kusolwong’s first solo exhibition in the UK. His work offers visitors the opportunity to become involved in an extraordinary experience. Kusolwong is a Thai artist who works in a unique way to create high-energy, lively and playful situations with a celebratory feel. He wants to encourage visitors to enjoy his exhibition by offering unexpected possibilities which break the boundaries between art and life.

Newcastle based British artist, Graham Dolphin will present his first solo public gallery show in the UK. An innovative curatorial approach will result in a diverse exhibition which will appear in various locations throughout the building.

Repeater will bring together the three strands of Dolphin’s practice: the fashion/text works, the record sleeve/vinyl works and the video works.

Brian Eno is a British artist perhaps best known as an ambient music pioneer and as a founding member of Roxy Music. Eno has pursued several artistic ventures parallel to his music career, including visual art installations.

Eno’s latest work, The Constellations (77 Million Paintings) creates “visual music” using screens showing constantly evolving paintings. The 77 million paintings are generated from handmade slides, randomly combined by a computer using specially developed software. A soundtrack of interwoven sound accompanies the work. The random nature of The Constellations allows each visitor a unique experience

Dark Matter is the culmination of the artist’s nine-month residency at BALTIC and comprises five large scale sculptures in wood – all replicas of familiar forma of industrial, military and urban architecture. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a giant headset, which plays a soundtrack of abstract electronic noise specially created by sound artist Curd Duca. Together with the other pieces in the exhibition) a control tower, a cooling tower, a nuclear reactor and a high-rise block), the headset is suggestive of surveillance and undercover operations, as well as making reference to the rapidly-growing call centre industry of the North East.

In the first large-scale presentation of this American Artist’s work in the UK, this exhibition presents nine major sculptural works alongside a selection of prints and smaller sculptures.

Martin Puryear works primarily in wood, which is often painted or combined with man-made material such as wire or steel to create organic and semi-abstract sculptures. Using simple and reductive forms, he creates works with a strong and direct physical presence, placing emphasis on process and material, at the same time as alluding to recognizable objects.

David Blandy’s work deals with his problematic relationship with popular culture, integrating fantasy adventures with real life in a search for his cultural position in the world. His video performance work The Barefoot Lone Pilgrim documents a journey of discovery. The Pilgrim, is a lone character wearing the orange robes of a Buddhist Shaolin Monk and carrying a portable record player. In his episodic adventure he is searching for ‘soul’, as a hermit in an 18th Century Park in Surrey, on an American road trip, journeying through the Lake District and the city of London.

Mark Titchner’s installation is the first in a series of temporary projects by international artists which will transform the entire entrance corridor of BALTIC.

Titchner’s sculptures, installations, light boxes and posters combine catchphrases and clichés from pop, advertising and utopian statements with lines from songs, political manifestos, philosophy and sociological theory.

 

Informed by the work of seminal artists such as Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holzer, his works have a psychological intensity and exploit the tensions between surface and depth with a distinctive, electrifying graphic style.
 
Often associated with channelling the energy of youth and with ideas of the avant-garde, Titchner’s distinctive works appear to literally hum with energy.

In her first UK solo show Chiho Aoshima presents her intricate fantasy worlds of zombies and fairies, rainbows and tsunamis, urban landscapes and nature.  From a confrontation with a gigantic wave of destruction to a journey through her imaginary world from the perspective of a worm, Aoshima’s fantasy worlds suggest a multitude of possibilities.

Chiho Aoshima is a digital artist. She perfects her work on the computer using the software Illustrator and then prints it in a variety of forms including large-scale murals.  In the past, these murals have been installed in places such as advertising spaces, gallery walls and even complete rooms.

Marcus Coates is a British artist who has exhibited internationally. His work crosses the boundaries between live performance and film making. Coates often documents his dark and humorous attempts to connect with the animal world.

Dawn Chorus is the latest in a series of films by Coates in which the human voice accurately mimics birdsong. In this multi-screen video installation 19 singers reproduce a recording of a group of wild British birds singing at dawn.  Dawn Chorus explores the relationship between birdsong and its parallels with human culture and behaviour.

Puerto Rican-American artist Dzine (Carlos Rolon), has worked for years straddling the thin boundary between art and music. Influenced by Salsa, House, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Lounge, he has pushed the complex themes of sound and its influence on colour, lines, shapes and identity in his abstract painting. Rooted in both graffiti and modernist painting traditions, Dzine's paintings are vivid displays of artistic gesture and pattern which vibrate with colour and rhythm, unleashing a visual energy and lyricism.


“Outside of a dog a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” Groucho Marx

This changing exhibition presents a diverse overview of books by artists from 1950 to the present, shown alongside a selection of related artworks by: David Hammons, John Latham, Helgi Thorgils Fridjonsson, Marijke van Warmerdam and Laurence Weiner.

The books are created by artists rather than being books about artists. This exhibition includes older books borrowed from individuals and institutions, generally exhibited under glass, while new books still in print are available for handling.

BALTIC celebrates the imagination and ingenuity of Archigram, the group of British architects whose dynamic and provocative vision of future life brought the pop spirit to the architectural avant garde in 1960s Britain.

Vibrant, playful, optimistic and iconoclastic, the visionary architectural projects presented by Archigram in exhibitions, collages, drawings and films, played an important role in 1960s pop culture and have an enduring influence on architecture today.

Carlos Capelán playfully explores issues of self, ego and identity in a series of new works. Capelán utilises a variety of media, including wall drawing, video, photography, sculpture and
installation.

onlyyou reflects on the aspirations and realities of shared intimate lives. With a wry humour the artist comments on romance versus the ‘rough and tumble’ of family life. He works with unconventional materials: from wine to fizzy drinks and from carved stone plinths to found objects such as nail clippings from feet and hands. Each work suggests an emotional warmth rather than a critical coldness, enabling the viewer to readily empathise with Capelán’s gentle exposure of life.

onlyyou was commissioned by BildMuseet, Sweden.

 

David Jablonowski (born in 1982 in Bochum) makes work which investigates the history and potential of communication in visual culture. His sculptures, films and installations explore cultural aesthetics, display systems and information transfer, from calligraphic manuscripts to TV advertising and the World Wide Web. Jablonowski’s sculptures combine a wide range of materials including aluminium, plaster, Styrofoam, ceramic, wood, found texts, offset-printing plates and components from information technology hardware such as computers and flat bed scanners. He is interested in the possibilities of these materials, overlapping and layering different surfaces to make new sculptural assemblages.

At BALTIC, Jablonowski will present an installation of recent sculpture and video together with new work made especially for the exhibition.

BALTIC in partnership with Third Films presents Sunday, a collection of films by one of Britian’s most exciting emerging filmakers Duane Hopkins. Sunday, is a multi-screen film installation where Hopkins has created a series of works that explore the grammatical possibilities of film beyond the formal constraints of narrative cinema. Like much of Hopkin’s cinema work Sunday deals with the rural British youth and the relationship between identity, psychology and environment.

The exhibition will feature five works using the different spaces of BALTIC’s Level 1, presenting scenes that work visually, sonically and physically.  Three boys are presented as the protagonists in several filmic essays that are documentary in subject and imagery, yet discursive in form and structure.

BALTIC debuts Bridge+Tunnel Productions’ Last of The Dictionary Men. This multimedia exhibition is based around the lives and history of the Yemeni community based in South Shields, a coastal town in Tyne and Wear, England.

Featuring photographs of first-generation settlers by artist Youssef Nabil and a series of video portraits by Tina Gharavi, the exhibition offers a unique insight into the complexities of modern British immigrant history. The exhibition will be accompanied by The King of South Shields, a documentary on boxer Muhammad Ali’s little known visit and extraordinary wedding in the South Shields town mosque.

Pedro Cabrita Reis is one of the most significant artists to emerge from Portugal since the 1980s.

His semi-abstract sculptures, paintings and installations recycle everyday materials to create evocative quasi-architectural art works in which the process of construction is emphasized.

Whireplane 2 combines quadrophonic sound and LED technology to create a unique, immersive experience between two planes of shifting, coloured light.

Alex Bradley and Charles Poulet have used spectral, optical and acoustic applications to create an environment that subverts the usual relationship between physical and sensory spatial awareness, a space in-between, an impossible geography inhabited by beauty and disorientation.

The work of Marcin Maciejowski (born Babice, Poland in 1974) re-presents everyday images of our time. Using those already in popular circulation as starting points - found photographs, movies, posters, newspaper illustrations - his paintings naturally inherit the social and political implications of their source material. Current affairs, film stills, military and religious figures and film noir femme fatales all populate his art. Witty and often ironic, these subjects are presented in a deliberate abandonment of the traditions associated with the history of painting. Echoing the speed of the digital reproduction, the slowness of his chosen, analogue, medium brings an examination of the role of painting in today'’s cultural world. 

This will be the artists first exhibition in a public UK venue and will include paintings from 2003-12. 

The first and most memorable cultural experience for a child can often be a visit to a museum of natural history. Whale bones, dinosaur skeletons, archaeological objects and wax figures leave long lasting impressions.

Artists including examine and incorporate elements of natural history in this spectacular, humorous and Gilles Barbier, Maurizio Cattelan, Miguel Calderon, Oleh Kulik and Tony Matelli sometimes disturbing group show. They present us with an exhibition which takes us on a bizarre tour of man’s recreation of the natural environment.

This exhibition of photographs documented the artist’s relationship with an elderly gentleman, Charles Albert Lucien Snelling, known to Germain as Charlie.

In his images Germain captured the quiet, contemplative existence of a man living alone in a small house in a city on the South Coast of England. Unfettered by the misplaced aspirations of the modern world, Charlie spent the last years of his life absorbed in albums of his own photographs, his love for flowers, music and crosswords and memories of his family.

The photographs of Charlie, his home and his belongings are a subtle and intimate portrait of a gentleman in his twilight years.

This exhibition will be the first serious international examination of urban and suburban art bridging the gap between the street and the traditional art space. With strong links to graphic design, graffiti, manga comics, skate boarding and surfing this group show includes artists based in urban centres across the world. Work will also be seen outside BALTIC with large-scale public interventions in both Gateshead and Newcastle.

The Cobra group of artists took their name from the three cities where many of them lived – Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam. Working between 1948 and 1951, artists associated with Cobra proclaimed a radical new art based on experimentation and collaboration.

Watch a new film on Matt Calderwood: Paper Over the Cracks

Matt Calderwood (born in 1975 in Northern Ireland) is known for his often perilous performances, sculpture and film works. Calderwood's carefully controlled sculptures rely on counterbalance and friction to keep them steady, transforming everyday household items such as buckets, wine glasses, basketballs, shovels, into something extraordinary and seemingly close to collapse. 

For his solo exhibition at BALTIC 39, his first in a public gallery in the UK, Calderwood will create a series of ambitious new sculptures which explore decaying and collapsing systems and the impact of environment and process on simple everyday materials. Made of fragile, degradable materials and interlocking elements, the works will be installed on the gallery’s roof terrace where they will weather and decompose, their delicate surfaces recording their exposure and deterioration. They will then be dismantled and reassembled over the course of the exhibition. Calderwood will also present a site-specific sculptural video installation showing new and recent films, each documenting a performance in which the artist experiments with balance, tension, instability and risk.


The first solo exhibition in the UK of Yugoslav-born Bojan Fajfrić includes the major recent work Theta Rhythm 2010. A film and installation, it examines the intersection between personal and collective memory. The film is a painstaking reconstruction of a day in the life of the artist’s father, an administrator for Belgrade’s City Committee, who was present at the infamous 8th Session, over which Slobodan Milosević presided. The meeting is considered by many to be a turning point that contributed to the rise of nationalism in Serbia and subsequently plunged the country into war and economic distress up to the NATO bombings in 1999.

Plaque (Slab), is a video work by Shahryar Nashat, and the third film to be shown in the intimate cinema temporarily located on the Ground Floor of BALTIC.  The 6 minute 40 second video is devoted to the celebrated Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. Incorporating original recordings by Gould, remixed by Nashat, it also visually captures Gould’s live performance. In the 1964 TV recording, the pianist plays on a stage set with three imposing faux marble monuments. Within this final edit Glenn Gould appears in a short sequence of jaunty stop action animation. However Plaque mostly documents the manufacture of a concrete slab in a Berlin factory.

THU 17 JAN 2013 / 18.00 / FREE 
* FULLY BOOKED *
Join us for another social evening at BALTIC 39 dedicated to art fanzines, graphic novels and board games in association with Travelling Man, Newcastle. Meet enthusiasts of unusual board games, comics and ‘zines who will give insights into their collections.

5 April 2003 - 29 June 2003


In this exhibition which concludes his residency at BALTIC, Scottish artist Chad McCail presents a series of new works. His paintings use the simplified visual style and bright colours of safety manuals or children’s books to comment on the mechanisms of oppression in a hierarchical society. In this show, McCail creates a humorous, and at times disturbing, comic strip narrative, exploring the political, ideological and sexual beliefs and traditions of today.

Click here to view all Library and Archive entries for Chad McCail

This major retrospective was Carol Rama’s first ever UK solo exhibition. Looking in-depth at her influential career spanning over seven decades, the show presents over 100 works that range in media from painting to drawing, watercolour, sculpture and print.

Olga Carolina Rama was born in Turin in 1918, where she still lives and works. This self-taught artist who paints ‘to heal herself and to express her fears and anguish’, has been making innovative, provocative works since the mid 1930s, anticipating many of the major artistic movements of our day.

Legendary American musician, singer, and poet Patti Smith, will present a series of her photographs at BALTIC to coincide with her concert at The Sage Gateshead.

One of the most influential artists in rock history, Smith came to prominence during the New York Punk movement of the early ‘70s and found worldwide fame in 1975 with her debut album Horses. Her unique intellectual and feminist take on punk and rock music has earned her the oft used title of ‘punk rock’s poet laureate’.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, is presenting an exhibition of new and recent work by Heather Phillipson (born London, 1978). Yes, surprising is existence in the post-vegetal cosmorama – consists of three videos within custom made environments in BALTIC’s Ground Floor Gallery. Cardiovascular Vernacular (as in ‘it’s time for my regular cardiovascular vernacular’) 2013, will also be launched. A new audio-visual walking tour that takes visitors outside the gallery space, the work will link BALTIC with its sister venue, BALTIC 39, in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The exhibition invites visitors into a multi-layered interior of hidden and revealed structures, containing moving images, sounds and machineswhich are re-coloured, re-sized and inhabited. Portals and enclosures provoke a succession of arrivals and departures and throughout, the voice is a pervasive and contagious presence.

Alongside several new works in the gallery, Phillipson has created a new audio-visual walking tour, Cardiovascular Vernacular (as in 'it's time for my regular cardiovascular vernacular'), that will take visitors beyond the building and into the city. Begin this video directly outside of the Ground Floor gallery at BALTIC, once you have seen the exhibition, using your own smartphone or internet-enabled device.

Please note the audio-visual walking tour is designed to be used on mobile devices with headphones and is 53 minutes in length.

View a trailer for the tour
Begin audio-visual tour
 [Streaming option]
Download audio-visual tour via iTunes Podcasts [Download option*]

*You will need an Apple ID/account to download the video podcast which can then be played offline on an iPhone/iPad. 

SAT 2 JUN / 12.15-18.00 / FREE
Remake is an excerpt from a larger work titled MAKE. Remake is a durational work where the performers engage themselves in a continual task of framing and reframing both themselves, the space and the art works present in the gallery with decorated sticks. Add this event to your facebook calendar

Thomas Scheibitz is one of the leading German artists of his generation. This large-scale presentation of Scheibitz’s work retraces the conceptual and painterly development of his career with a particular focus on the human figure and the existence of form between figuration and abstraction. The exhibition brings together over two hundred works from the past five years including painting, sculpture, drawing and works on paper. It also includes an archive of the artist’s source material and models, and a new sculptural work commissioned especially for BALTIC.

The exhibition is accompanied by a new BALTIC film which can be viewed online at vimeo

Thomas Scheibitz: ONE-Time Pad is organised by MMK Museum für Modern Kunst Frankfurt am Main.


Exhibition at BALTIC supported by                                     
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa)          


Public Programme supported by:
Goethe-Institut

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art presents the participatory exhibition Learning To Love You More. The exhibition, organised in collaboration with Middlesbrough artist Nicky Peacock, consists of public responses to assignments created by international artists Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher.

Visitors to BALTIC are invited to choose from a number of assignments, complete them, and later see their work displayed as part of the exhibition in BALTIC’s ground floor entrance gallery The Street. Assignments include ‘act out someone else’s argument’, ‘make and encouraging banner’ and ‘take a flash photo under your bed’. As the exhibition continues the work will accumulate as more submissions are added by BALTIC visitors. Quay BALTIC’s Learning Centre on Level 2 will act as a temporary-studio in which visitors will be provided with the materials necessary to complete a selection of Learning To Love You More assignments.


BALTIC presents two exhibitions which explore the relationship between the work of James Hugonin and Ian Stephenson. Both are Northumberland artists, who have made significant contributions to British abstract painting. The sustained development of their work over two distinct periods of time in the last forty years is celebrated in these two major exhibitions.

James Hugonin is the curator of the exhibition and has selected works by Ian Stephenson from 1967-72, at a point when his work was hugely influential to a generation of young artists at the beginning of their careers. The two artists first met when Hugonin joined the MA Course at Chelsea School of Art in 1974, of which Stephenson was Course Leader; they remained colleagues and friends for the following twenty-six years.

A ground-breaking exhibition by Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz which brought the artists’ work to the UK for the first time since 1971.

Kienholz sculpture takes the form of life-size environments; walk-in ‘installations’ incorporating everyday objects which critique modern society, and the political climate of the day. Compelled by a deep sense of moral justice and a provocative sense of humour, these uncompromising artworks continue to have a searing energy and pose a direct challenge to the viewer.

In his first UK solo touring exhibition Kerry James Marshall presents a survey of work from the late 1970s to the present day including early collages, drawings, prints and ambitious large-scale paintings which address issues of racial representation by interweaving narratives of art history, society, culture and politics.

Along The Way is curated by Deborah Smith and organised by Camden Arts Centre in association with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, The New Art Gallery Walsall and Modern Art Oxford.

Along the Way is the first solo exhibition in the UK by American artist Kerry James Marshall. The show focuses on Marshall’s paintings, collages, prints, drawings and sculptures from the late 1970s to the present. These works combine African-American history and popular culture with influences from Western art history.

Mark Manders’ first UK solo exhibition takes the form of an ambitious new commission for BALTIC’s Level 4 gallery space. Short Sad Thoughts draws on an ongoing investigation entitled Self-portrait as a Building that evolves with each new presentation - a project the artist has been working on since 1986 when he was 18 years old. The exhibition features drawings and sculptural constructions.

Dutch artist Mark Manders’ first UK solo exhibition takes the form of an ambitious new commission for BALTIC. Short Sad Thoughts showcases work from Manders’ ongoing exploration Self-Portrait as a Building. This series of work evolves with each new exhibition. It is a project the artist has been working on since he was 18 years old. Manders’ work is an ode to the fictional, or in his own words, an ‘as if’ way of thinking. He believes that it is important for people to deal with fiction as if it were reality.

New York-based contemporary artist Spencer Tunick presents the images from his large scale UK installation that took place on 17 July 2005 in Newcastle and Gateshead. These breathtaking works capture 1,700 unclothed participants in various formations along the Newcastle Gateshead Quays.

This exhibition is the first opportunity to see the results of the much talked about Spencer Tunick installation, which took place in NewcastleGateshead on 17 July 2005 and attracted 1700 people prepared to bare all for art.

The American artist's largest UK project to date comes 12 years after his first nude installation - featuring 28 naked bodies lying in front of the United Nations building in New York. His North East project was set against the striking backdrop of NewcastleGateshead Quays.

Find out what social events are coming up including BALTIC Preview Parties and plan to celebrate special ocassions such as Mother's Day and Father's Day at BALTIC. 

Mark Fell (Born Sheffield, UK, 1966) is a multi-disciplinary artist working with new technologies, for sound, image and generativity, bringing together interests in experimental electronic music, contemporary art, philosophy and computer science.

For BALTIC’s project space at BALTIC 39 Fell presents three installations that bring together sound and light to occupy the gallery spaces. The installations play with the physical and visual possibilities of the sonic environment, drawing attention to how sound can influence our perception of the space we occupy.

64 Beautiful Phase Violations is a 64 channel sound installation made during a residency at University of Salford. An octagonal array of 64 speakers arranged in the space at head height, forming a ring, on entering the listener can then experience the movement of different sound frequencies. The system reflects typical Wave Field Synthesis (WFS) processes and by doing so allows the user to create realistic and imagined soundscapes in the physical realm. In this piece, micro-spatial harmonics are used to construct unusual sonic experiences and spatial dynamics. 

Download a Fortune Teller resource with key questions, prompts and ideas to stimulate discussion, critique and debate. For use at BALTIC and in the classroom.

Download a Question Kit Card with general terms about contemporary art explained and questions for children to answer.

BALTIC presents a site-specific collaborative commission by artist Sara Barker and Ryder Architecture. Working with a combination of painting, welding and jewellery-making techniques, Barker (born Manchester, 1980) draws out unexpected properties in material with a sculptural fluidity and lightness. Founded in 1953 as Ryder and Yates, Ryder Architecture is a leading architectural practice based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Liverpool, Glasgow and London. With its early achievements rooted in the European Modernism of Le Corbusier and Berthold Lubetkin, the practice has an integrated approach, designing buildings which elegantly fuse form with function.

Barker and Ryder will collaborate to produce an ambitious new sculptural work for BALTIC’s remodelled Level 2 gallery which will explore and respond to the volume and architecture of the space.

In partnership with Northern Film & Media and Channel 4, BALTIC co-commissioned ten new Random Acts films. Random Acts is a short-form daily arts strand on Channel 4, which launched in 2011. It enables a diverse supply of both established artists and emerging talent to create their own films, which are chosen for their bold and creative expressions of creativity.

The ten films will be premiered in BALTIC’s Ground Floor gallery from 25 October and will be broadcast on Channel 4 this autumn.

Artists & filmmakers:
Reuben Jacob Abraham
Maxy Neil Bianco
Ed Carter
Andrew Coats
Ian Cottage
Michelle Fox
Lyn Hagan
Ben Jeans Houghton
Heather Phillipson
Lesley Ann Rose

EVENTS PROGRAMME:
A series of events will lluminate and complement the exhibition with the artists and filmmakers talking about their Random Acts projects. For full details click here

PARENTAL ADVISORY:
This exhibition contains content of an adult nature.
Please speak to a member of BALTIC Crew for further information. 

 


Managed and programmed by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, the top floor gallery, 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. 

Japanese, New York based artist Mariko Mori is best known for her video and self-portraiture focusing on the imagination and fantasy. Her work has investigated Native cultures and universal consciousness in relation to nature and her belief in the potential power of technology. Mori’s recent work explores consciousness and investigates the existence of an invisible world.

Mori’s recent interests in brane cosmology and particle theory have informed delicate contemplative drawings and paintings. The exhibition at BALTIC includes new drawings from the Primal Particles and Parallel Brane series. The exhibition also includes the installation Miracle where typically, Mori has used newly developing technologies in the production of diachronic images on glass, offering a window onto the cosmos. Mori aims to awaken people’s deeper consciousness and to make them aware of different realities. Her work asks us to think about being in a present that coincides with the past and the future.


Double Agent is a group exhibition featuring artists who use other people as a medium.  All of the works raise questions of performance and authorship, and in particular the issues that arise when the artist is no longer the central agent in his or her own work, but operates through a range of individuals, communities and surrogates.

Pawel Althamer / Nowolipie Group, Phil Collins, Dora García, Donelle Woolford, Christoph Schlingensief, Barbara Visser and Artur Zmijewski

The show contains works in a variety of media, including video and live performance – works which are often slippery in meaning or disquieting in effect. The exhibition tours to three venues in the UK, and includes the British premieres of a number of significant works, as well as new commissions specific to each venue.

B.Partners is BALTIC's Corporate Members Programme. In addition to standard benefits which come with the two different tiers of B.Partners, we can also offer a flexible ‘pick and mix’ package of benefits according to your business needs.

All-in-One is the first major survey exhibition of German artist Thomas Bayrle, a pioneer of Pop, seriality and Media Art. In the mid 1960s Bayrle began making work based on the serial repetition of the same pattern using formal compositions indebted to the seriality of the then-emerging Minimal Art movement. He invented a unique visual language through the production of collages, paintings, sculptures, films and books. Bayrle’s work has always retained a critical engagement. His interest in mass culture and his incorporation, in the midst of the Cold War, of the symbols of capitalist and communist societies on either side of the Wall pervades his oeuvre.

This exhibition, organised by WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, spans the artist’s entire career, from his first painted kinetic machines to his most recent engine installations. Rather than arranging the work chronologically, the exhibition brings together the various, and sometimes contradictory, themes that run through the artist’s work, including consumerism and consumer society, political propaganda, sexuality and religion.

Thomas Bayrle, All in One. Organised by WIELS, Brussels, in collaboration with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Museo MADRE, Napoli and IAC — Institut d'art contemporain — Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes. Curated by Devrim Bayar


Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult when entering the exhibition on Level 4.

The performance ScartVideo consists of rewired analogue video mixing and audio equipment, with two films played simultaneously. 

RIFF Closing event. An evening of live performance from musicians Islet, and artist David Sherry at BALTIC 39'S Project Space. 

BALTIC is one of the most iconic buildings in the north east and offers a stylish and unique location for civil ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and receptions. 

BALTIC is one of the most iconic buildings in the north east and offers a stylish and unique location for civil ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and receptions. 

Find out more about Six's delicious menus including Afternoon Tea, Daily Special and the full A La Carte Menu. 

Northumbria University is offering its students an opportunity to work and learn within this unique creative environment by relocating the Third Year undergraduate and MA Fine Arts teaching and research to BALTIC 39.

Bruce McClure’s immersive 16mm projector performances use the phenomena of visual flicker and its sonic equivalents to create an experience of ecstatic reverie. Entry is every hour on the hour.

Presented as part of AV Festival: Extraction
1-31 March 2014
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BALTIC facilitates a series of high quality Continuing Professional Development workshops and seminars for teachers and other learning professionals. Our events are suitable for those working in primary, secondary and post-16 settings and offer a valuable opportunity to share and develop your teaching practice, learn new skills and feel better equipped to both manage and affect change in your setting. 

3 MAR 2014: BALTIC's Flat Pack Stack installation is now on display in Urban Outfitters, Newcastle.  

RIFF/T is open at BALTIC's project space at BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
Open Wed-Sun 12.00-18.00, Thursdays 12.00-20.00 
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RIFF/T
is a two part exhibition about painting, abstraction, representation and their respective expanded fields. Divided into two sequential parts, the works presented focus upon the opposing themes of the harmonious RIFF, and discordant RIFT. Utilising a range of media that reference, mimic and push both ideas integral to painting, and the processes of painting itself, RIFF/T seeks to highlight trends, facets and approaches particular to the medium, now.

RIFF 12 December 2013 – 19 January 2014
Includes works by: Tom and Simon Bloor, Fiona Curran, Daniel Eatock, Steven Emmanuel, Johannes Evers, Nadine Feinson, Tommy Grace & Kate Owens, Albert Irvin, Islet, Ewan Jones-Morris, Peter Lamb, Andrew Maughan, Paul Merrick, Flore Nove-Josserand, Ciara Phillips, Mike Pratt, Dave Sherry, Adam Shield and Thomas Whittle. 

RIFT 24 January – 23 March 2014 
Includes works by: Simon Bedwell, Paul Chiappe, Ross Chisholm, Ruth Claxton, Julie Cockburn, Tom Ellis, Fabienne Hess, Islet and Casper White, Oliver Michaels, Shana Moulton, Abigail Reynolds, Sebastian Trend and Sarah Tulloch and loans from the Conservation department at Northumbria University. 

The Hang Gang are Matthew Hearn, Thomas Whittle and Sebastian Trend

EVENTS PROGRAMME
RIFF/T events programme features Islet with Ewan Jones Morris, David Sherry, Tim Croft & James Watts, Shana Moulton, Nicola Singh, Fabienne Hess, Gethin Wyn Jones, Aaron Guy and ScartVideo alongside film screenings at Tyneside Cinema, broadcasts on basic.fm and a performance/workshop with Pixel Palace.

Full details of the event programme
Full details of the film screening programme

 

Andrew Miller is a Glasgow based artist who works across a variety of media including drawing, sculpture, photography and site-specific installation. Miller explores the ambiguous territory between form and function.

Based in Los Angeles, among Jim Shaw’s favourite haunts are the city's numerous flea markets and thrift stores. For Shaw, their presentations represent 'the whole history of America’ and reveal its waste, consumption, tastes and histories. Much like his work, they bring a perverse order to the weirdness and wonder of the country's detritus. ‘We’re very good at producing crap,’ he says. ‘We started with the Shakers who produced exquisite furniture of a simple form and we’ve gotten to the point where we can produce things like The Avengers that are full of non-meaning and meaning at the same time.’ The flea markets feed Shaw’s collage mentality, providing an inexhaustible source of objects and topics of research that flood his own work with both personal and societal streams of consciousness.

Shaw has spent many years finding and collecting paintings by anonymous artists at these markets. His collection of Thrift Store Paintings, presented here alongside found photographs, drawings and a theatre backdrop, now numbers around 100 works. The paintings have not been modified in anyway, and are instead presented as an archive of found aesthetics arranged and curated by Shaw. 

NFM is creative industry development agency based at BALTIC, Gateshead. They invest in and deliver film, TV, digital media and other creative projects in North East England and across the UK.

Suitable for KS3 & 4
Join our library and archive team on a diverse journey into contemporary art and explore the variety of different artist information, images, exhibition catalogues and articles available to inform your students’ art practice.  

Strictly limited edition of 100
£350 / ON SALE NOW 
Hairdo
 is produced especially by Jim Shaw for his exhibition The Rinse Cycle at BALTIC, Gateshead. The comic book image of a 1960s bouffant wig references a passage from Shaw’s proposed prog rock opera based on his fictional religion Oism, a narrative he has been working on for more than 20 years.

BALTIC has won the public vote to be crowned the UK’s favourite arts project in this year’s National Lottery Awards - the annual search to find the nation’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

Los Angeles-based Jim Shaw is one of America’s most important and prolific contemporary artists. Part of a ground-breaking group including Mike Kelley, John Miller and Tony Oursler that graduated from California Institute of the Arts in the late 1970s, Shaw has one of the most distinctive visual imaginations of his generation. The Rinse Cycle is the first ever full-scale survey of Shaw’s work internationally and will bring together more than one hundred paintings, sculptures, drawings and videos from the last twenty-five years.

Watch a new full-length film on Jim Shaw at vimeo.com/balticmill

Visit Jim Shaw: My Mirage microsite.

An accompanying exhibition of Jim Shaw's collection of found thrift store paintings also tales place at BALTIC 39, Newcastle.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 
major publication and a limited edition print available from BALTIC SHOP.

Seripop, are two artists Yannick Desranleau and Chloe Lum who live in Montreal, Canada who are driven by a DIY underground music scene creating posters and artwork for their own band AIDS Wolf and other musicians, concerned with experimenting with surrealist and psychedelic imagery.  They are some of the most well known and influential artists and illustrators working in this scene. BALTIC is delighted to host a three day event based around the work of Seripop, showcasing bands from the underground UK music scene.

Italian artist Antonio Riello has created a series of unique outfits to be worn by the staff of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art as an innovative exhibition for Spring 2009.  This artistic intervention goes beyond the mere exhibition spaces of the gallery, moving into places not usually seen by the public with front of house, office staff and directors all taking part.

The outfits at first glance appear to be a uniform created from a unique tartan however this choice of cloth is being used as a symbol or device to examine the ideas of belonging and identity. The work is also free from the restraints of locality as it doesn’t use the principal gallery spaces; the artist has been given the freedom to infiltrate locations and situations throughout the entire building, with manifestations of his work spilling out into meetings, discussions and staff recreational areas as well as all public spaces.

A Spoken Word Exhibition is solely composed of worded artworks (artworks only made of words to be spoken), to be read by BALTIC Crew members to visitors who ask to hear the pieces. Acting as a voice when addressed throughout the building, the Crew repeat the artworks written and instructed by the invited artists. Not performing, only using language through the act of reading, the works are available only on demand, initiating an exchange between visitors and BALTIC staff.

The exhibition inhabits the realm of the spoken word, addressing the possibilities of art, memory & exhibition making. The exhibition is constituted of artworks that are to be spoken and exchanged as a verbal gesture from one person to another. A Spoken Word Exhibition is an exhibition of the same nature and material as that of the artworks that constitute it, which are words.

Steve McQueen will present two recent works that will transform BALTIC’s Level 3 gallery into an immersive and disorienting experience for the viewer. Together the two works will combine architecture and film to create a visual and aural kaleidoscope.

The exhibition brings to BALTIC recent work of one of the most powerful anddistinctive voices in contemporary art. Pursuit, which premiered at the PradaFoundation, Milan, is a large scale installation combining space, sound and projectedvideo which will dominate the Level 3 gallery space. A darkened environment ofabstract, ill-defined lights and oppressive sound creates a disorientating experiencein which the viewer attempts in vain to organise or define the nature of the images.

BALTIC present a magical new exhibition by internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara, in collaboration with design unit graf.  The exhibition will feature a village brought to life with Nara’s iconic characters, turning ordinary life into art.

Yoshitomo Nara’s work embodies a defiant spirit that comes with youthful optimism andbelief that we can change the world. He is best known for his deceptively simple drawings, paintings and sculptures of children with apparently innocent, kawaii or cute expressions. Kristin Chambers explains further in Yoshitomo Nara: Nothing EverChanges ‘Their direct gazes and impish grins suggest that although they’re young anddarling, these kids sense what the world has in store for them’. Influenced by popularculture from punk music, rock ‘n’ roll and Manga to the American cartoons of hischildhood, Nara explores the tensions of a hyper consumer culture.

BALTIC contributes significantly to The Enchanted Moment  - a cluster of contemporary art exhibitions organised by VAF – Visual Arts Forum, North East.   BALTIC has commissioned new work by three artists from the North East - Karen Davies, Natalie Frost and Catherine Bertola who have transformed the level 5 viewing box with site-specific work.

Raised in London, Bharti Kher studied Fine Art and Painting at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne. Now living and working in New Delhi, she has a growing international reputation for creating fantastical, surreal environments.

In her first UK solo show, the artist uses the symbol of a tree in her sculptureSolarum Series. The tree appears in the ancient mythologies of many cultures. Kher uses these references, including the mythical warnings of the speaking tree and combines them with contemporary references, such as the recent biological advances of cloning, and rejection personified in the fallen tree. Instead of leaves or fruit, the branches of Solarum Series bear the heads of hundreds of creatures.

Barry McGee’s first major UK solo exhibition includes a selection of existing and new works in an installation created specifically for BALTIC’s Level 2 gallery.Rooted in the spontaneity and immediacy of graffiti culture, McGee’s direct approach considers both the melancholy and humour of life.

Disrupting ideas of property, surveillance and control, his uncontained practice incorporates damaged surfaces, flash movies and hundreds of ‘tape’ paintings to question the privatisation of public space.

Download a Themes Resource to inspire activities based around Buildings, Landscape, Figure, Movement, Everyday Life, Imaginary, Shape and Pattern.

BxNU is a significant collaboration between Northumbria University and BALTIC. This ground breaking partnership creates a learning environment that unites academic research excellence and innovative contemporary art practice.

20 years after his death, the legacy of Andy Warhol lives on through the work of today’s contemporary artists and cultural instigators.

Having identified direct parallels between Dazed & Confused Magazine and the world of Warhol, BALTIC has invited Dazed & Confused to nominate 10 key multimedia artists to exhibit who they feel have a specific link to a post-Warholian discourse.

James Hutchinson combines an interest in drawing with his skills in manipulating images through computer software. His recent work is concerned with exploring what happens when late-night doodles using pencil on paper meet the latest cutting edge technology.

This exhibition presents a large selection of recent and new paintings by Elizabeth Magill.

Throughout her career Magill has continually developed her use of paint. In her landscapes, she experiments with the picture surface by pouring, dripping and rubbing colour into the canvas. Magill exposes the underlying image, creating a distressed and scarred surface.

Combining abstract mark-making with figurative work, the paintings have a haunting beauty infused with a sense of memory and loss.

Exhibition produced by Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.

City Strapline Industries is an installation combining processes of ‘social interference’ and media-making to explore the phenomenon of the branding of cities as a strategy, not only of marketing, but also of regeneration.

Through a residency hosted by Newcastle Gateshead Initiative – the city marketing agency that spearheaded the bid to be European Capital of Culture 2008 – the artist devised an installation comprising new video works, photography, found objects, text and an interactive web-based art work www.strapline.org.uk

Jane and Louise Wilson’s work examines the psychology and architecture of buildings. The Newcastle-born artists work together on their video installations and photographs which typically explore the relationships between people and architectural space, particularly those spaces that are concealed, secret or somehow forgotten.

Groups are welcome to visit BALTIC independently, but you 
can take advantage of opportunities available through the learning team. 

BALTIC holds and manages a number of significant and innovative relationships. 

BALTIC is delighted to announce a new BALTIC Edition DOMAIN, created by the internationally acclaimed artist Antony Gormley. A reflection on the artist's iconic 2003 installation DOMAIN FIELD at BALTIC, the print is on sale now.

Fabrice Hyber (born Luçon, France 1961) is one of the most inventive and influential artists of his generation. Hyber’s continually evolving work includes painting, drawing and installation and is developed from a principle of echoes, in which each work is made in response to another. Since the 1980s Hyber has created hybrid works made from a vast array of materials and based upon a network of unexpected associations. In his exhibitions, visitors are invited to experience the work by interacting with it directly and generating new ways of behaving. Raw Materials is the artist’s first large-scale solo exhibition in the UK and will bring together more than fifty works spanning Hyber’s prolific career.

Fabrice Hyber: Raw Materials was originated by Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

BALTIC presents a six week screening of Duncan Campbell's powerful film Bernadette, composed of archival material, new footage, animation and scripted voiceover. The film tells the story of Bernadette Devlin, a Northern Irish Republican who became the youngest woman to be elected to the House of Commons.

BALTIC is proud to present a new work by acclaimed contemporary Chinese artist Wang Qingsong, created in Newcastle by the artist in association with Northern Stage as part of EAST’08. In September this year, 300 participants took part in a photographic shoot at Northern Stage. The image took several days to set-up, and a full day to shoot. 

It was photographed within Stage 1 at Northern Stage, and transmitted live onto screens throughout the theatre.  The fascinating process of creating the work was kindly documented and supported by Newcastle University’s Culture Lab, and a short film on the making of the work is shown here, along with the final image.

Asylum is a nine screen video installation by Julian Rosefeldt. Each screen shows a different film sequence with images and sound choreographed to create an emotionally charged experience for the viewer.

This first European retrospective presents more than 30 years of Lorna Simpson's work across the mediums of photography, film, video, and drawing. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Simpson became well-known in the mid-1980s for her conceptually rigorous and language driven large-scale works combining photographs and text. 

Although the texts add significance to the images, the connection between both is open and the narrative allusive and coded, rather than direct or documentary, her critical strategy nevertheless leaves room for the spectator's imagination. In these photographs, Simpson employs the figure of the African-American woman to challenge conventional views of gender, identity, culture, history, and memory, and examines the ways in which these shape interactions, relationships and experiences. 

In the mid-1990s, she began creating large multi-panel photographs printed on felt, mostly accompanied by text panels indicating different locations and intimate encounters. In the last fifteen years, she has turned to film and video works in which individuals engage in enigmatic conversations that seem to address the mysteries of both identity and desire. The exhibition also gathers a large group of watercolors Simpson has created since 2005. In her most recent works she involves an archive of photographs from the 1950s, which she has been adding to by creating her own replicas of these images, posing herself to mimic the originals.

This exhibition has been co-organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis, and the Jeu de Paume, Paris, in association with Haus der Kunst. Curator: Joan Simon.

Exhibition at BALTIC supported by:

This exhibition drew on the wealth of experience of Franklin Furnace - a New York based arts organisation established in 1976. The show chronicles the transformation of live and performance art from a form that is temporary into one that is preserved. 

This was a rare opportunity to view documentation of a diverse collection of live art from the fertile time in avant-garde art history during the 70s, through the politically volatile time of the 80s, to the early 90s when artists began to use the Internet as an art medium. The exhibition comprised video footage, artists’ books, online works, artifacts from the archive and a newly commissioned wall painting which mapped the history of performance art.

This large scale exhibition of David Maljkovic (Rijeka Croatia, 1973) will present an overview which spans from his early work up to the present day and includes the Scene for New Heritage trilogy. This epic series of films brought critical attention to the artist. 

This exhibition is a collaboration between the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and GAMeC, Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy.

Watch a new film on the exhibition.

Exhibition at BALTIC supported by:

BALTIC explores the history and works of Fluxus through the renowned Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection, Detroit.  This unprecedented exhibition of over three-hundred and fifty works from 1961 – 1978 is the largest display of Fluxus ever mounted in Britain.

Fluxus is often historically regarded as a global network of influential and vibrant artists who shared a unique, if not united, aspiration to revolutionise the avant-garde.  Through the introduction of concept art, intermedia, and radical performance practices, Fluxus pioneered an aesthetic appreciation for the everyday.  By intentionally confusing the boundaries of how and when an artwork could begin or end, exiting a room, making a salad, or ending a war were transformed into performative works of art. 

Bob & Roberta Smith are an artistic enterprise, sincere in their ambition to bring anarchy to people’s perception of art through a conceptual yet playful approach to art and art making.

Help Build the Ruins of Democracy featured new and recent work. Eileen (2004) tells the real story of a friend, whose life has been shaped by a series of chance cultural collisions which appear both remarkable on one level but mundane on another. The text was mounted on a structure in the gallery which suggests some form of building. A second work, Conference in Bremen (2004), was shown on a plasma screen and mischievously questions notions of leadership and vehicles for decision making.

The first major UK show of Brazilian artist Vik Muniz focuses on his series of portraits. The photographic images include works from art history and portraits of well-known people. His choice of materials to make his photographs reads like an extraordinary shopping list; chocolate, ink, peanut butter, sugar, soil, thread, glue, and more recently diamonds and caviar have all been used by Muniz. With a strong sense of irony and playful vitality he breathes new life into iconic images.

Suitable for EYFS, KS1, 2 & SEND this introduction to Lorna Simpson's exhibition will explore her inspiration, key works, ideas and themes.

Suitable for KS3, 4, post-16 & SEND this introduction to Lorna Simpson's exhibition will explore her inspiration, key works, ideas and themes.

Tyneside Cinema’s Pixel Palace and basic.fm with the Hang Gang and BALTIC 39, co-host a workshop and discussion examining digital memory and codification with Fabienne Hess and Aaron Guy. 

6 APRIL - 24 JUNE 2012
SELECTED BY PHYLLIDA BARLOW
The inaugural exhibition at BALTIC 39, featuring the work of 13 artists working in the UK, opened to the public on Friday 6 April 2012.

SWITCH, selected by internationally renowned artist Phyllida Barlow, is the opening exhibition at BALTIC 39, a new hub for contemporary art located on High Bridge in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. The exhibition features 13 artists based in London and will open to the public on Friday 6 April 2012.

SWITCH builds upon What do artists do?, a time-based project organised by Barlow in 2008 that examined the notion of change in artistic practice and the role of the exhibition. The exhibition at BALTIC 39 explores further the processes an artist navigates in the act of making and prioritises such moments over any completed object or final outcome. The disparate practices presented, spanning performance, sculpture, drawing, photography and film-making, will be shown, and often made or modified, in a setting that demands the re-consideration of an artwork’s centre.

The oval paintings of Simon Bill draw upon a very wide variety of sources, from philosophy to heavy metal, art history to cookery, Art Deco to neuroscience. Characterised mainly by their abrupt discontinuities of theme, style and medium from one work to the next, the size and shape are the only really consistent feature with these paintings. Bill's work is simultaneously smart and dumb – it exhibits a goofy absurdity whilst fully respecting the importance of process, poetry, knowledge and reason. There is a kind of contemporary heraldry in the intermittent use of repeated motifs; for example Wittgenstein's ‘duck/rabbit’, a cartoonish emblem of ambiguity and cognitive indeterminacy. This exhibition, titled Lucky Jim, includes more than 30 works of mixed vintage, from 1999 to the present.

The UK premiere of a major collaborative installation between renowned American artists Mike Kelley and Michael Smith. 

 

A Voyage of Growth and Discovery sees the man-child Baby IKKI, a character developed by Smith for over thirty years, navigate the infamous Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. Alone in his journey amongst thousands of revellers, IKKI negotiates the primal elements of fire, water, earth and wind. A six-channel video installation replaying IKKI’s 'voyage' is enveloped by a fantasy environment evoking that of the festival. At its centre stands a 30ft incarnation of IKKI himself.

A Voyage of Growth and Discovery was co-produced by West of Rome, Los Angeles and Sculpture Center, New York and is curated by Emi Fontana.

Take a trip around BALTIC’s exhibitions with one of our friendly Crew who can offer fun and engaging ways to enjoy and learn more about contemporary art.

A group show exploring the enduring presence of the moon and the rich iconography of space on the popular imagination of artists. With reworked stories and imagined realities, ideas and tropes from science fiction, mixed with conspiracy theories and an interest in fictional restaging, the exhibition illustrates differing global perspectives of the moon and reworks its prevailing image on our collective imagination.

They Used to Call it the Moon brings together artists from Pakistan, Croatia and the UK working in film, photography, sculpture and collage. BALTIC 39 will also provide a platform for ideas and discussion where scientists, environmentalists, astronomers, artists and writers will share their knowledge and experiences in relation to the future possibilities of the moon. 

BALTIC has programmed a series of associated events to accompany this exhibition including film screenings, discussion, performance and a stargazing trip to Kielder Observatory. 

View the full events programme at BALTIC’s project space at baltic39.com 

A quaint work of piety (in memory of Joseph Crawhall II)
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07.05.14 Details of this month’s CBBC Live in NewcastleGateshead event have been revealed today as stars of some of the channel’s biggest programmes prepare to pack their bags and head to the North East for three days of fun and live broadcasts. CBBC Live in NewcastleGateshead is free to attend and will take place in and around Baltic Square on Gateshead’s famous quayside on 29, 30 and 31 May.

For her first solo exhibition in a UK institution, British artist Lydia Gifford (born Cheltenham, 1979) has produced a new body of work for BALTIC’s ground floor gallery space. The exhibition explores Gifford’s on-going concern with the language of painting and the balance between painting and object. The works, of a scale that is dictated by the artist’s own dimensions, have an almost human presence.  Layered painted surfaces take on a skin-like translucency that, on close inspection, reveals a complex working and reworking. A tension arises in Gifford’s work between structure and surface, interior and exterior. Yet there is playfulness too, a pliability that Gifford seeks to bring from the medium of drawing into working with materials such as wood and paint.

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BALTIC is free admission and is open daily 10.00-18.00 except Tuesdays 10.30-18.00. BALTIC is closed on 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan and closes earlier at 17.00 on 24 and 31 Dec. 

 

Swedish artist Nina Canell (born Växjö, Sweden, 1979) makes sculptures that give substance to the intangible and lightness to the physical. Drawn to the subtlety of fluctuating forces and the minutiae of perception, she traces the innate bond we have with our surrounding atmosphere. Near Here comprises a new series of works. Transforming electrical currents, atmospheric elements, stray socks or chewing gum into sculptural components, her assemblages fuse matter, radiance and sound to create delicate and ephemeral testing grounds.

Nina Canell: Near Here is developed in collaboration with Camden Arts Centre, London.

Marine Hugonnier (born Paris, 1969) makes work which studies and deconstructs modes of representation. At BALTIC, Hugonnier presents her film Apicula Enigma 2013. Shot in the mountains of Austria, Apicula Enigma (translated as the ‘bee’s riddle’) follows the journey of a bee colony. Hugonnier eschews conventions associated with nature documentaries – there is no narrative, staged content or scripted voiceover – instead the film shows the sequence of events as they happened on set. The artist deliberately exposes the process of production, revealing the camera, sound recording equipment, even the film crew. Drawing on a wide range of sources, from historical and literary accounts to recent studies of bee behaviour, Hugonnier considers how the colony and its activity mirrors the world as a whole.  Central to this is the idea of the beehive as a camera obscura, a compelling metaphor which is alluded to throughout the course of the film.

Watch a new BALTIC Bites short film on this exhbition

The BxNU MFA at Northumbria provides a unique learning environment in the dynamic BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art, at BALTIC 39, located in Newcastle city centre.

Browse products in BALTIC’s Online shop including Art inspired gifts and books, statement jewellery, designer homewares, North East souvenirs, prints and posters, all delivered to your door after a few clicks.

Live locally, we now offer Click & Collect. Pick up your purchases from BALTIC, Gateshead or BALTIC 39, Newcastle. 

Designed for Secondary and Primary Teachers interested in extending a current specialism or interest in Art, Craft and Design in education, participants will be able to apply their learning in and through their professional practice.

27 JUN 2014: BALTIC is delighted to announce BALTIC 39 I FIGURE TWO, an open submission exhibition to be held at BALTIC 39. The exhibition is an opportunity for artists working across all media to test works and ideas, or to develop works in progress within a public context. Only work made during the past twelve months (July 2013 – present), currently in progress, or made for (or during) this exhibition will be considered.

Become a BALTIC Member and enjoy discounts, offers and events from just £5 per month. Get discount off each Artist Talk plus 10% off food and drink in BALTIC Kitchen and in BALTIC SHOP. You can even opt to have a 'plus guest membership' so you can bring friends or family to events. Click here to find out more

Get creative with clay this half term in artist-led workshop inspired by Jesse Wine’s ceramic sculptures. Suitable for children aged 8-12 years. Dress for mess!

BALTIC will premiere The Encampment of Eternal Hope, a major new sculptural installation by Zoë Walker & Neil Bromwich extending their enquiry into the role of art as an active agent for transformation in society. Taking apocalyptic predictions for 21 December 2012 – the end date for the Mayan Calendar – as an imaginative catalyst, the project envisages a post-apocalyptic utopian community, a kind of ‘garden of earthly delights’.  This ambitious participatory installation will evolve within the gallery space involving audiences in a programme of events, which bring together experts in the fields of ecology, economy and the arts to explore hopes and fears for future survival. 

The Encampment of Eternal Hope is a nomadic social sculpture, field laboratory and evolving community. Part-tent and part-garden, it seeks out positive strategies for future living at a time of global uncertainty. The collaborative duo are renowned for their large-scale participatory events and exhibitions that invite audiences to imagine better worlds.

View The Encampment of Eternal Hope Events Programme
View The Festival of the Apocalypse Events Programme
Watch a film on The Encampment of Eternal Hope on YouTube

BALTIC is fully accessible with a range of free mobility, parking and general visitor facilities.

Something really exciting is happening at BALTIC, and we want you to be a part of it. ART MIX is a whole series of new events specifically for 14-19 year olds coming soon.

We want to ensure that you have the best visit possible whilst we also need to look after the artworks on display and the safety of all visitors. This means that we do ask you to pay attention to some simple rules each time you visit.

We’re looking for interested ART MIX members to get involved in helping us to take ART MIX online!

Join us for a walk through of Tony Swain’s exhibition with independent contemporary art writer, editor and curator, Matt Price.

This Easter, work with a BALTIC artist to help transform our Quay Gallery space into a world of newspaper that’s shaped by your imagination, inspired by artist Tony Swain’s exhibition.

Find out more about current exhibitions and events in the project space at BALTIC 39.

BALTIC Library is free to use, open to all and a great place to find out more about art and design. Come and visit us any time when the galleries are open on Level 2.

BALTIC programmes many events, performances, talks and discussions to accompany the exhbitions which are curated specifically for BALTIC's project space at BALTIC 39. Click here to see full details

JOIN IN WITH FAMILY FUN THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Friday 23 - Monday 25 August 2014
Join us at BALTIC this August Bank Holiday Weekend and create a landscape of colour at Kaleidoscape, a programme of fun, family activities inspired by the Daniel Buren exhibition. 

26 AUG 2014: A big thanks to all of our visitors over the Bank Holiday weekend who contributed to decorating a giant sail. Click here to see photographs of the weekend's activities and boat which set off down the Tyne complete with the BALTIC sail. 

BALTIC 39 I FIGURE TWO, an open submission exhibition which allows artists working across all media to test works and ideas, or to develop works in progress within a public context. The exhibition will last for 5 weeks and will be made up of 10 projects by 10 artists, each lasting 5 days.

Sarah Bayliss, Amelia Bywater & Rebecca Wilcox, Rachel Gay, Maria Angelica Madero, Ninna Bohn Pedersen, Nicola Singh / Samuel Blackwood / Hazel Brill / Jude Crilly, Natalie Price Hafslund, Laura O’Neill / Charlie Godet Thomas / Katrin Hanusch / Laura Harrington / Russell Hill / Peter Merrington & Tijana Stevanović / Cecilia Stenbom

Visit baltic39.com for detailed information on each project

Watch a short film on Week 1
Watch a short film on Week 2
Watch a short film on Week 3
Watch a short film on Week 4
Watch a short film on Week 5

View location map with parking details and directions on getting to BALTIC.

This outdoor platform offers panoramic views of the NewcastleGateshead cityscape.

BALTIC Library's amazing collection is growing at approximately 1000 books every year making it the largest collection of Contemporary Art publications in the North East. Click here to find out how you can help and have a a named book on BALTIC's Giving Bookcase.

BALTIC is currently recruiting for a Director's Office Administration Assistant.

BALTIC offers a range of free digital teaching resources to support visits at all stages: planning, pre-visit, visit, research and reflection.

BALTIC offers a range of free events for teenagers to get involved in throughout the year. Find out what regular activities you can join in with or what special events coming up. 

Something really exciting is happening at BALTIC, and we want you to be a part of it. Art Mix is a whole series of new events specifically for 14-19 year olds coming soon.

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No booking required. These bitesize, introductory tours are suitable for everyone and help bring BALTIC’s exhibitions to life. Ask at the Information Desk for further information on where to meet, or listen out for the announcements. 

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Join us for an exclusive, behind the scenes look at BALTIC and explore areas of the building which are normally out of bounds and hear stories from its past as a flour mill to its present as an art gallery.

Blah Blah Blah, BALTIC’s panel of creative, enthusiastic young people aged 14-19 meet once a month to learn more about contemporary art. Click here for more information.

HIGH-NORTH is an ambitious three-year initiative linking the cities of Tromsø (Norway), Gateshead/Newcastle (England) and Glasgow (Scotland). The project is coordinated by NABROAD/ Norwegian Collaborative Organisation for Contemporary Art Abroad, and supported by Arts Council Norway and The Royal Norwegian Embassy in London.

Get a weekly e-mail with exclusive offers, venue news and great day out suggestions for families in the region with the new Family Explorer mailing list. Plus read unbiased reviews from other families.

To complement They Used to Call it the Moon there a number of events taking place over the next few months.

Portfolio Advice Day at BALTIC will offer your students the opportunity to receive advice and critique from tutors in the Further and Higher Education Sector as well as the option to participate in a number of creative, taster workshops.

Catch as catch can: works in situ

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead presents the work of Daniel Buren (born Boulogne-Billancourt, 1938), widely considered to be France’s greatest living artist and one of the most influential and important figures in contemporary art for the last 50 years. Buren has exhibited in many of the world’s major art institutions and realised numerous external commissions. This summer, a major exhibition at BALTIC will include new and existing work by Buren in its Level 3 and 4 galleries, including a large-scale commission for its renowned Level 4 gallery.

In the 1960s Buren developed a radical form of conceptual art, a ‘degree zero of painting’, creating works which draw attention to the relationship between art and context. He abandoned traditional painting and adopted the 8.7 cm wide vertical stripe, used as a ‘visual tool’ to prompt a reading of the work’s surroundings rather than just the work itself. Made with paint, fabric, paper, tape among other materials, the stripes appear in his interventions in galleries, museums, and public sites. For almost four decades, Buren has chosen to make work in situ, responding to a particular location, and colouring the spaces in which they are created.

While the stripes have remained a recognisable and intrinsic element of Buren’s practice, recently his works have become more sculptural and architectural in form. The artist’s installation Excentrique(s), at the Grand Palais in Paris, commissioned for MONUMENTA, 2012, comprised a series of raised, coloured circular structures covering the 13,500 nave and providing a ‘ceiling’ that could be walked under.

At BALTIC, Buren will present a selection of rarely seen reliefs, paintings and sculptures from the last seven years on Level 3.  Luminous fibre optic works from the artist’s Electric Light series (2011) continue the artist’s preoccupation with form, space, light and colour. Other works made with paint, fibreboard and tape play with depth, surface and architecture. The works will provide further insight into the breadth of his practice.

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Gail Pickering’s new exhibition Mirror Speech focuses on a pioneering social experiment in community television that ended in a climate of widespread distrust about its political objectives - its participants disputed the image they had once collectively produced. The last remaining recordings of their live broadcasts provide a space for the artist to address the subjectivity of the televisual image itself. In fictionalising the literal cuts or interruptions of the historical material, Pickering explores ideas of mimicry, multiplicity and temporality. In her first major solo exhibition in the UK, Pickering presents an immersive installation, where sound and image reverberate across the gallery spaces.

GAIL PICKERING: SHE WAS A VISITOR PERFORMANCE
Sunday 11 January 2015 / 15.00 – 17.40
Level 3 Gallery / BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art / FREE 
She Was a Visitor 
A closing exhibition live performance.
This performance is supported by Goldsmiths University

FILM SCREENINGS 

To coincide with the exhibition, BALTIC and the Research Centre in Film and Digital Media at Newcastle University invite you to a series of film screenings exploring French society, politics and representation in the 1960s and 1970s.  The screenings take place at Side Cinema, Newcastle are on sale now at Side Cinema website

Friday 28 November 2014 / 19.30 / £5.00
CAMARADES (Karmitz 1970, 80 mins.) English subtitles
Introduction and post-screening discussion led by Dr. Mani Sharpe (Newcastle University). There will also be the opportunity to discuss your reaction to the film after the screening. 

Friday 19 December 2014 / 19.30 / £5.00
TOUT VA BIEN (Godard 1972, 90 mins.) English subtitles
Introduction and post-screening discussion led by Dr. Steve Cannon (Sunderland University). There will also be the opportunity to discuss your reaction to the film after the screening.

Friday 9 January 2015 / 19.30 / £5.00
À BIENTÔT, J'ESPÈRE (Marker 1968, 45mins.) and PUISQU'ON VOUS DIT QUE C'EST POSSIBLE (Marker 1973, 45 mins)
Both films will include English subtitles. Introduction and post-screening discussion led by Prof. Max Silverman (Leeds University).

 


The work Near Real Time is commissioned by FLAMIN Productions through Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network with funding from Arts Council England, The Elephant Trust and Goldsmiths, University of London. With thanks to the Collections Archives Departmentales De L’Isère, Christian Bailly and Rewind Resources.

   

Brand new to BALTIC is Tour & Tea, which offers you the unique opportunity to find out more about BALTIC and enjoy some delicious food in Six. Available on request. 

Beer expert Andrew Mitchell returns to BALTIC for Beer & Bites, a special beer tasting event. A perfect gift from Christmas. SOLD OUT

Against the backdrop of a new Space Race and debates around the future use of inter-planetary energy resources, this group exhibition explores the enduring iconography of the moon in the artistic imagination. With a focus on lunar mythology past and present, real, fictional, utopian and dystopian visions are presented, highlighting the continual politicisation and democratisation of space. Developed and expanded from the popular research presentation at BALTIC 39, the exhibition includes work from the 1990s to the present, alongside a number of projects made especially for BALTIC’s Level 4 gallery. Original lunar maps, photographs from the 1969-72 NASA Apollo missions and important works from the Stanley Kubrick archive are also on show.   

This exhibition brings together artists from Pakistan, France, Germany, Croatia, the US and UK working in film, photography, drawing, sculpture and collage. Artists include:Katy Cole, Caroline Corbasson, Aaron Guy, Thomas Ireland, Michael Light, Kate Liston, Aleksandra Mir, Michael Mulvihill, Mehreen Murtaza, Liam Murray, Trevor Paglen, Katie Paterson, Joseph Popper, Sophy Rickett, Aura Satz, Guy Schofield, Simon Starling, Marko Tadić and Wolfgang Tillmans. 

THEMED PLAYLISTS
Enjoy a series of Moon/space-related Spotify playlists.
They Used to Call it the Moon: Playlist #1
They Used to Call it the Moon: Playlist #2 
They Used to Call it the Moon: Playlist #3 

RELATED EVENTS

STARGAZING SUPPER
Wednesday 3 December 2014 / 19.30-21.30 
BALTIC Kitchen, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

£20 & £18 concessions* including soup + roll supper
BALTIC Member 10% discount / Book: balticmill.eventbrite.co.uk
Join us for an evening of celestial navigation from the comfort of BALTIC Kitchen fuelled by a warming soup and roll supper. Gary Fildes, Founder and Director of Kielder Observatory gives tips on looking at the night sky plus a tour of the exhibition They Used to Call it the Moon with Alessandro Vincentelli, BALTIC Curator of Exhibitions & Research. Read more

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY + PANEL DISCUSSION
Friday 5 December 2014 / 20.00
Film Screening + Special Q&A
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne / Book tickets
A mind-bending sci-fi symphony, Stanley Kubrick's landmark 1968 epic 2001: A Space Odyssey pushed the limits of narrative and special effects toward a meditation on technology and humanity, and now it's back at Tyneside Cinema for the British Film Institute's Science Fiction blockbuster season. A four-million-year-old black monolith is discovered on the moon, and the government sends a team of scientists on a fact-finding mission while hiding the truth from the public. Later, another team is sent to Jupiter in a ship controlled by the perfect HAL 9000 computer to further investigate the giant object--but something goes terribly wrong...

On Friday 5 December at 20.00 in partnership with Northern Film & Media and BALTIC, we will be celebrating the return of this landmark film to cinema screens across the UK with a special Q&A screening featuring a specially convened panel including leading 2001 expert Piers Bizony, artist Joy Cuff, who worked with Kubrick on models and sketches of the Moon for 2001, and Richard Daniels, Stanley Kubrick Archivist at University of the Arts London.

This screening is supported by the BFI and the University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections Centre.

SHOW-AND-TELL: EXHIBITS FROM 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
Saturday 6 December 2014 / 13.00
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
£4.00 & £2.50 concessions | Book tickets online
BALTIC and Northern Film & Media present a show-and-tell exploration of the important items from the Stanley Kubrick Archive loaned by the University of the Arts London for inclusion in the exhibition They Used to Call it the Moon. Chaired by BALTIC’s Curator of Exhibitions & Research, Alessandro Vincentelli, the conversation will include artist Joy Cuff, who worked with Kubrick on models and sketches of the Moon for 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Richard Daniels, Stanley Kubrick Archivist at University of the Arts London.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made and the touchstone for all science-fiction cinema since its original 1968 release, Stanley Kubrick’s science-fiction masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey was made over a period of four years and involved an unprecedented level of developmental research and pre-production. This show-and-tell discussion will use the items in the exhibition to address wider questions about the artistic and other research processes behind the film and their afterlife in Kubrick’s extensive Archive.


Kate Liston’s NEED MOISTURE website presents fantasy display devices and hypertext copy from a fictional conference day held at BALTIC39 during the first iteration of They Used to Call it the Moon. needmoisture.com

19 NOV 2014: Blueprint, Ryder Architecture, and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, are seeking an emerging architectural practice for a major artistic collaboration to take place at the Gateshead gallery in 2015.

Artist Sam Belinfante will curate a pioneering exhibition that investigates the act of listening in contemporary art.

The exhibition will examine the crossover between the visual and the sonic and include a variety of media from drawings and sculpture to prints and video. Works will include Hannah Rickard’s clap of thunder that has been stretched in duration and aurally dissected, recreated by musicians and morphed back into a thunderclap; an anechoic chamber by Haroon Mirza that silences the outside world; a new work by Laure Prouvost that choreographs a dialogue between lights and objects in the gallery space, as well as Prem Sahib’s throbbing inaccessible disco. Ed Atkins will make a series of new drawings and Cardiff and Miller will allow us to eavesdrop on a cabin in a forest, while Katie Paterson presents the almost inaudible sound of a dying star. Listening is the third in the series of Curatorial Open exhibitions, supporting the work of independent curators based in the UK.

Artists in the exhibition include: Ed Atkins, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Mikhail Karikis, Ragnar Kjartansson, Lina Lapelyte, Christian Marclay, Haroon Mirza, Max Neuhaus, Katie Paterson, Amalia Pica, Laure Prouvost, Hannah Rickards, Prem Sahib, Anri Sala, Imogen Stidworthy and Carey Young.

Listening is a collaboration with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; the Bluecoat, Liverpool; Site Gallery and Sheffield Institute of Arts; and Norwich University of the Arts.

RELATED EVENTS

Performance: Mikhail Karikis and Lina Lapelytė
Sunday 30 November / 16.00-18.00 / Level 1
£6 & £4.50 concessions* / BALTIC Member 10% discount

Mikhail Karikis will present his recent audio-visual performance 102 Years Out of Synch exploring the striking connections between the invention of sustainable energy production, Dante’s epic poem Inferno, the first Italian feature film, and the sonic imaginary of Hell.

Artist Lina Lapelytė has devised a new work for a specially selected all female choir of performers with low voices, arranging arias originally performed by castrato singers as well as composing new material. Lapelyte’s performance reflects upon femininity and gender as well as the figure of the castrato itself.

Hunky Bluff was commissioned by Serpentine Galleries, London as part of Park Nights 2014 and is being restaged for BALTIC with a new cast of performers selected from the North East.  Supported by The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.

Eventbrite - Performance: Mikhail Karikis and Lina Lapelytė

BxNU Respond: Listening
Thursday 11 December 2014 / 18.00–20.00 / FREE
BALTIC’s  project space, BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
BOOK FREE PLACE: baltic39.eventbrite.co.uk

BxNU Respond is an ongoing dialogue between current Northumbria University post-graduate students and PhD researchers and the exhibitions by artists and curators in BALTIC’s project space, BALTIC 39.

For BxNU Respond: Listening, two proposals were selected and further developed with curator Sam Belinfante to produce an evening of performances in response to Listening, the Hayward Touring exhibition at BALTIC 39.

Be My Master choir / A Response, A Chorus
Joanna Hutton, Ricky James, Fiona Larkin, Lily Mellor, Harriet Plewis, and Nicola Singh, with instruction from composer James Weeks

This event is for anyone who has experienced the mesmeric effect of the song on repeat; the need for the fix of the crescendo on a loop.
An incantatory group is formed from all of the artists who took the trouble to submit a proposal to BxNU Respond. A chorus comes together, to sing out individual lines from the proposals. A celebration of the optimism implicit in proposal making is recounted in the ensemble. From the proposals a soundsong is made, where the loop is king and a democratic erasure of the unique voice occurs through accretion. 

Phil Larry / HOW COME IT
HOW COME IT brings together artist and Northumbria University MFA student Phil Larry, with rockabilly trio, The Doggone Daddys for a one-off live event. Phil Larry interrogates the structure and format of both exhibition and gig, culminating in a standoff between artist as performer and art in situ – spontaneity and the premeditated.
American roots music, particularly rock and roll, is celebrated as playing an imperative part in the birth of the rebellious teenager during the 1950’s. Critics coined the term rockabilly – literally, meaning rock and roll played by hillbillies – to describe the intense, rhythm driven musical style. Who better to play us out than a band of misfits hailing from the mountains of Middlesbrough?

LISTEN with Sam Belinfante and Rhodri Davies
Friday 12 December 2014 / 15.00–16.00 / FREE
Start: BALTIC, Gateshead, Main Entrance
End: BALTIC’s  project space, BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
BOOK FREE PLACE: baltic39.eventbrite.co.uk
Join artist and curator Sam Belinfante and performer Rhodri Davies for a guided listening walk between BALTIC and BALTIC 39 resulting in a live event in and around the Listening exhibition. The walk is inspired by Listen, a body of work by the late American percussionist and artist Max Neuhaus.

 


 

 

This Award indicates the value and status we place on ARTIST TEACHERS at every level of education and within the field of Gallery Education. The BALTIC Artist Teachers Award 2014/15 has been awarded to Mo Coade. The exhibition fract is on display at Quay Gallery, Level 2 at BALTIC from 17 January – 1 March 2015

 

 

 

Find out about forthcoming exhibitions in BALTIC 39's project space. 

Six is the stunning rooftop restaurant at BALTIC, combining breathtaking panoramic views and great food. Open for lunch seven days a week and for dinner six days a week. 

Telephone: 0191 440 4948.

Housed in one of the most iconic buildings in the north east of England on the south side of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC offers a elegant and unique venue for conferences, meetings and corporate events. 

This year for Mother’s Day come down to BALTIC and make exquisite mini framed artworks to take home to someone you love.

BALTIC offer opportunities throughout the year to attend artist talks, exhbiitions tours with BALTIC curators and artist performances. Find out which events are coming up and how to book. 

Browse BALTIC's current exhibitions with further information on each artist, exhibition and related content. 

Every Tuesday, 10.30 - 12.30, in Quay, BALTIC Learning space will be transformed into a magical area for you and your under 5’s to explore art 

BALTIC's significant Archive of physical and digital items relating to its ten year exhibition programme and history can be searched and browsed at BALTIC+ online archive. The site also catalogues all of the books in BALTIC Library. 1000s of catalogued images, films, texts, audio files and items can be accessed online with an even wider selection available on computers inside BALTIC Library.

BALTIC offers a range of free events for families to get involved in every season. Find out what regular activities you can join in with or what special events coming up. 

Browse BALTIC's forthcoming exhibitions with further information on each artist, exhibition and related content.

Jesse Wine (born Chester, 1983) works mainly with ceramics and uses traditional techniques to explore process and chance. Wine never records his methods; he mixes glazes and oxides together and fires at different temperatures, seeing colours melt and blend and structures collapse. The final work is thus the result of happenstance – lopsided vessels with shiny metallic glazes to self-portrait heads sporting a variation of contemporary accessories, belts and bobble hats. For his exhibition in the Ground Floor gallery at BALTIC, Wine will make an ambitious installation of new work which responds to the quirks of modern life and pays homage to the other artists who have inspired him.



Watch a new BALTIC Bite short film on Jesse Wine
See more information on this exhibition at BALTIC+

This Award indicates the value and status we place on ARTIST TEACHERS at every level of education and within the field of Gallery Education. The BALTIC Artist Teachers Award 2014/15 has been awarded to Mo Coade. The exhibition fract is on display at Quay Gallery, Level 2 at BALTIC from 17 January – 1 March 2015

BALTIC SHOP is excited to annouce that Rob Ryan will be joining us at BALTIC this winter. 

Blurring the line between visual art and music Graeme Durant brings his studio soundtrack into the gallery for an evening of live performance in and around his Level 2 exhibition.  Selecting from a playlist as diverse as his visual references, the line up includes background Muzak from Joss Humberstone, electronic music from nwavi, and a performance by alternative rock duo, That F♥cking Tank.

Join artist Graeme Durant for a discussion about the ethos and practices of DIY culture with West Yorkshire-based artist, writer and musician Andy Abbott. The discussion will be chaired by Emma Coffield, Newcastle University, whose PhD research explores Artist Run Initiatives.

This February half term visit BALTIC and help Loris to set the scene for fantastical stories by reusing, recycling and recreating. Taking inspiration from Graeme Durant’s exhibition When in Roam, join us to reinvent and recycle; creating new sculptural imaginations.

Graeme Durant makes sculptures, paintings, collages, drawings and installations. For BALTIC, he has developed a new body of work for the Level 2 gallery. His playful approach sees forms appropriated from the everyday – a rug, a tennis ball –collide with an infinite array of diverse references: fiction, reality, art history, literature and architecture. Through a process of recycling, improvisation and low-tech construction, Durant’s objects become invested in new meaning and imagination. 

EVENTS NOW ON SALE

Double Dare: DAY / Double Dare: NIGHT

Friday 13 February 2015 
Book: balticmill.eventbrite.co,uk

Two events developed with artist Graeme Durant in connection to When in Roam.

DAY: 15.00-16.30 Join artist Graeme Durant for a discussion about the ethos and practices of DIY culture with West Yorkshire-based artist, writer and musician Andy Abbott. Book tickets

NIGHT: 19.45-22.00 Blurring the line between art and music Graeme Durant brings his studio soundtrack into the gallery for an evening of live performance in and around his Level 2 exhibition Selecting from a playlist as diverse as his visual references.
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The North East is one of five regions in the UK which has been awarded funding as part of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s £1.47m Special Initiative called ArtWorks: Developing Practice in Participatory Settings

Space to Think is an opportunity to informally explore ideas and questions raised by this season’s exhibitions. Led by Grace Robinson, 15 Feb looks at the influence and originality in art, using the ceramics of Jesse Wine. 15 Mar is based on one of the installations included in the Jason Rhoades, Four Roads exhibition. Multi-buy ticket discount available.

Jason Rhoades, Four Roads is the first major gallery exhibition of the work of this exceptional artist who died in 2006 at the age of 41. Rhoades lived and worked in Los Angeles.

Jason Rhoades, Four Roads occupies BALTIC’s two largest floors, with four installations to be navigated by four interpretive paths or roads: Jason Rhoades, American Artist; Jason the Mason, (a biographical thread named for a childhood nickname); Systems (language, scale, indexing, economies), and PeaRoeFoam. By foregrounding these themes, the exhibition aims to open up for investigation Rhoades’s spectacular, overloaded installations. Immediately accessible and eye-catching, these works are at the same time deeply systematic, detailed, and rewarding of careful engagement. Using neon, plastic buckets, power tools, snaking wires, figurines, sound, and a vast range of other materials, including a V8 engine, Rhoades’s work brings the viewer in with humour, vibrancy, and the provocative audacity of his vision. The show will be anchored by four major installations.

VISITOR NOTICE
Please note that Level 3 has an over 18 years access policy due to explicit content.
Photography is not permitted on Level 3 & Level 4

Jason Rhoades, Four Roads is organised by the Institute of Contemporary Art,
University of Pennsylvania and curated by ICA Chief Curator, Ingrid Schaffner.
This exhibition is made possible by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
This exhibition is a cooperation of the Institute of Contemporary Art, University
of Pennsylvania, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Kunsthalle Bremen

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Artists Selina Thompson and Christine Egan Fowler will critically reflect on the embedded nature of their art practice within different participatory settings, followed by a chaired critical conversation.

Facilitated by artist, curator and educator, Professor Helen Baker, are an opportunity to explore the current exhibitions. Each conversation will begin with a short introduction to set the context for the discussion and are aimed at those who find contemporary art intriguing, baffling or confusing. Next session: 1 April

Artist's Book Market at BALTIC: Call for exhibitors and Interventions.

Meeting Place is a regular series of informal exchanges and conversations, held at BALTIC 39. These intimate Salon-style discussions are interdisciplinary and designed to explore the ways in which artists collaborate with experts in the fields of science, the environment, health and medicine to generate new research and artwork.

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