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  • Date: 7 September 2009
  • Artform: Visual arts
  • Area: North

Housed in a converted 1950s grain warehouse on the south bank of the River Tyne, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art has presented over 40 exhibitions and welcomed over three million visitors since its opening in July 2002, making it a hub for the visual arts across the north east.

BALTIC, which received a grant of £2,222,644 from Arts Council England, North East this year, houses over 3,000 square metres of arts space across six main floors and three mezzanines. Within, four galleries, a flexible performance space, artist’s studios and archives share space with cinemas, cafes and a rooftop restaurant that offers an amazing view across the landscape of Tyneside.

Conceived as a new breed of public art space, BALTIC houses no permanent collection, instead presenting a constantly changing programme of exhibitions, events and original commissions. The galleries have housed past works from internationally renowned artists like Brian Eno, Patti Smith and the Turner prize-nominated Mark Titchner.

The centre’s on-site studios also offer artists an unparalleled opportunity to create works directly engaged with the local community of the north east through BALTIC’s Artist In Residency programme.

Sat on Gateshead Quays alongside the Stirling prize-winning Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the Sage Gateshead, an international music centre designed by Norman Foster, BALTIC is a symbol of the north east’s regeneration, attracting audiences from all over the region and beyond.

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