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Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

This article refers to BALTIC, the arts centre in the United Kingdom. For other uses, see Baltic.
The Baltic Centre
A View of the Baltic Arts Centre
Viewed from the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (BALTIC) is an international centre for registered charity under English law.[1]


  • Reception 1
  • Building 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Baltic centre for contemporary art while the Turner prize was showing

Publicly BALTIC’s profile has been considered rocky and despite its youth it has experienced three directorial changes and has fallen foul to much public gossip and speculation.[2] The founding director,

  • The Baltic
  • Dazzling and a bit bespangled - The Journal 2007
  • "you may feel a bit queasy" - Guardian review of Beryl Cook exhibition
  • Art critics attack "Tate of the North" over Beryl Cook exhibition - the Independent on Sunday (July 2007)
  • Gallery chiefs rebuked over chaotic finances - the Times
  • Baltic fails for profit from man of steel - the Sunday Times
  • "a troubling vacancy" - the Guardian

External links

  1. ^ BALTIC FLOUR MILLS VISUAL ARTS TRUST, Registered Charity no. 1076251 at the Charity Commission
  2. ^ Trouble at t'Mill - Meltdown at Newcastle's Baltic?
  3. ^ a b Baltic Website
  4. ^ Baltic's new director unveils a vision of skateboards, football and art in the lavatories
  5. ^ Spank the Monkey-BALTIC
  6. ^ Baltic Boss Quits for Ukraine Job
  7. ^ "'"Boss defends gallery 'porn probe.  
  8. ^ "Sir Elton owns 'porn probe' photo".  
  9. ^ "Baltic porn probe photos removed".  
  10. ^ "Turner Prize to leave London for BALTIC". 2010-09-17. Archived from the original on 19 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-17. The Turner Prize will not be held at a Tate venue for the first time in 25 years in 2011 when it heads to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art 
  11. ^ "Scottish sculptor's 'indoor park' scoops Turner Prize". Ben Hoyle (The Times). December 7, 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Facts about the Baltic Flour Mills
  13. ^ Baltic Blunders - the New Statesman


Dominic Williams of Ellis Williams Architects won an architectural design competition, managed by RIBA Competitions, in the mid-1990s to convert the 1950s Baltic Flour Mill into a centre for art. After ten years in the planning and a capital investment of £50m, including £33.4m from the Arts Council Lottery Fund, BALTIC opened to the public at midnight on Saturday 13 July 2002.[13] The inaugural exhibition, B.OPEN, featured work by Chris Burden, Carsten Holler, Julian Opie, Jaume Plensa and Jane & Louise Wilson and attracted over 35,000 visitors in the first week.[3]

The Baltic Flour Mill was built by the Rank Hovis company to a late-1930s design by architects Gelder and Kitchen[12] and completed in 1950. It was extended in 1957 by the addition of an animal feed mill. The mill was closed in 1981.[12] It was one of a number of mills located along the banks of the Tyne, all of which, due to their size, were prominent local landmarks. As of October 2011, the Spillers mill just downstream from the Baltic on the north bank of the river is in the process of being demolished. Another large mill was owned by the CWS and was located just upstream of Dunston Staithes. The site of this mill and the adjacent CWS soap works is now occupied by a housing estate.


In 2011, BALTIC was the venue for the Turner Prize, this was the first time the event has been held outside of a London or Liverpool Tate in its 25 years.[10][11] The Turner Prize exhibition at BALTIC attracted over 149,000 visitors, more than at any previous Turner Prize exhibition.

On 20 September 2007, BALTIC management contacted Northumbria Police for advice regarding whether or not a photograph should be displayed as part of the Thanksgiving installation, a forthcoming exhibition by American photographer Nan Goldin.[7] The photograph entitled Klara and Edda belly-dancing (which, along with the rest of the installation, is part of the Sir Elton John Photography Collection) features two naked young girls and had previously been exhibited around the world without objections.[8] The installation, which had been scheduled for a four-month exhibition, opened with the remaining photographs but closed after just nine days at the request of the owner.[9]

. Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, founding director of the Godfrey Worsdale Since 2008, the director has been [6] In November 2007, Doroshenko left the gallery to head up the Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev, Ukraine.[5]

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