- Date: 15 November 2012
- Area: National, North
Antony Gormley, artist, and Emma Thomas, Head of Learning and Engagement at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Credit: Credit: Richard Kenworthy
Gateshead-based gallery BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art has been voted the Best Arts Project in the National Lottery Awards. Tune into BBC One tomorrow night to see artist Antony Gormley surprise the BALTIC team and some school children with the award as part of the live, star-studded National Lottery Awards programme.
After months of public voting BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, one of our National portfolio organisations, emerged victorious as the Best Arts Project to receive funding from the National Lottery. In just ten years BALTIC has welcomed over 4.5million people through its doors, including over 149,000 people to see its Turner Prize exhibition in 2011. BALTIC has received £43,797,870 of lottery funds through the Arts Council.
The award not only reflects the international recognition the gallery has for its exciting programme of exhibitions, but it also gives recognition to BALTIC’s learning and engagement efforts. The gallery works closely alongside local schools, families and other groups, giving people the opportunity not just to experience contemporary art, but to be inspired and develop their own creativity.
Anthony Gormley has shown work at BALTIC twice in the last ten years, and because of this connection to the gallery – and Gateshead’s Angel – he was the perfect choice to deliver the prize.
Emma Thomas, Head of Learning and Engagement at BALTIC said: ‘We’re absolutely thrilled to be named Best Arts Project in this year’s National Lottery Awards. What makes it more special is that it’s an award voted for by the public. It’s a great honour to be shown that kind of appreciation we’d like to thank everyone that voted for us.’
Alison Clark-Jenkins, Regional Director, Arts Council England said: ‘From hosting the Turner Prize to opening a new gallery in the heart of Newcastle, Baltic has already had a remarkable tenth year, and this award is the icing on the cake. The gallery is a beacon for excellence in the region, not just for its brilliant exhibition programming, but also for its outreach and participatory work, which this award proves. Baltic definitely reflects the Arts Council’s mission of achieving great art – for everyone.’
Arts Council England, North East
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