Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Building Gateshead Tyne And Wear

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Building In Gateshead, Tyne And Wear

Old flour mill converted into a contemporary art gallery in 2002.

If you've walked along the Quayside, no doubt you'll have seen this iconic building on the Gateshead Quays. The Baltic began life as a flour mill in 1950 and was built by Joseph Rank, whose name can be found on one side of the exterior of the building, while the other side famously reads Baltic Flour Mills.

The mill employed 300 people in its heyday, however it fell out of use by 1984. The Baltic was converted into the art gallery in 2002 and will be 20 years old in July 2022.

The opening of Baltic was part of the revitalisation of the Gateshead Quays which began in the early 1990s and included the opening of the Millennium Bridge in 2001 and the Sage in 2002.

Baltic has thirteen floors in total with five main levels showing a wide range of art exhibitions. On other floors there is Six Baltic restaurant, community spaces and a viewing platform which offers pretty amazing views along the Tyne. There is also a cafe on the ground level which is currently a 'pay as you feel' type cafe selling teas, coffees and snacks. The shop is one of the highlights though and if you ever need a Frieda Khalo plant pot or David Bowie socks, this is the place to come.

The exhibitions change regularly and as the title suggests, they are always modern art including mixed media, sculpture, photography, film etc. They also hold talks by artists now and again and I was lucky enough to see Martin Parr talking about his photography in 2004 (though too chicken to get his autograph!)

Another lovely little feature about the Baltic is that it is home to 100 pairs of nesting Kittiwakes who nest comfortably under the Baltic Flour Mills sign. This is the furthest inland nesting site for Kittiwakes.in the world! You can get fairly close to them on level 4 in the outdoor viewing terrace. They nest there from March to August with eggs hatching June/July time.

Baltic is free, but as always donations are welcome. You can see what's on at Baltic on their website: The Baltic.

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I love the great outdoors and have been a National Trust & English Heritage member for years. I also love going off the beaten track and finding places like Sharp's Folly or Rothley Castle which are hidden gems in Northumberland. My favourite recent hike was climbing Red Screes in the Lake District on a whim, not fully grasping how high 776m was. It was still an achievement to conquer a Wainwright walk and I hope to do more one day.

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