Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC presents an ever-changing calendar of dynamic, diverse & international contemporary visual art exhibitions and events. Also houses BALTIC SHOP, a community cafe & cafe bar. Library & Archive and Six rooftop restaurant.
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Patricia M
2 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
We visited level 2 today with 4 of our grandchildren. They spent a very happy 1.5 hours with bricks, magnetic, foam and wooden! We didn't get as far as the colouring table. We didn't venture into the gallery with them as we have thought exhibitions unsuitable in the past. Nor did we read them any stories. We dislike how 'woke' it is - We guess heavily subsidised by the council. The cafe had changed and there was less choice. Donations for drinks is an interesting concept. We thought the staff in the cafe were super friendly and helpful and we love the view from the lifts.
Written 16 November 2022
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Thanks for sharing your experience. We're really pleased to hear you enjoyed yourselves and that our team welcomed you in the way we'd expect. Also, really glad you enjoyed the views and Learning Lounge on Level 2 too. We're currently running a community cafe with free refreshments and snacks but offering some limited but delicious sandwiches and cakes for sale too. Look out for news on our cafe offer, coming soon. Thanks again, if you want to chat with us about being 'woke' then drop us a line to myexperience@balticmill.com See you soon hopefully
Written 22 November 2022
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mandy003
Pantai Tengah, Malaysia174 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
The only good thing for me were the views from the balconies. I think the space could be put to much better use. The shop did have some nice cards etc and the staff at the entrance were welcoming.
They have a social cafe on the ground floor but mid afternoon it was very quiet.
We did not visit the restaurant on the top floor so not included in my rating
Written 16 November 2022
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We're pleased you enjoyed the views, it's something we appreciate every day too. Maybe you didn't enjoy our exhibitions and that's why you think the space could be put to much use? We think that exhibiting four exhibitions, housing a Library & Archive,Shop, Learning Lounge, sensory room and a community cafe all with free access isn't too shabby but of course we would think that! Six (top floor restaurant) is open Wed-Sun each day and they do a brilliant brunch through the week and afternoon tea on a Sunday, if you ever come again it may be worth a try. We also highly recommend getting on a free tour of the exhibitions, available at 11.30, 13.30 and 15.30 every single day. Thanks so much for your review!
Written 22 November 2022
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Katie S
2 contributions
Nov 2022
Absolutely amazing staff! Awesome artwork! Whether you visit on your own or with someone, the Baltic is amazing. Even if you dislike the artworks the gift shop is packed with super cool things of every variety, for a laugh, inspiration or to buy! It is the perfect size to not feel overwhelming or too small. My visit today was absolutely brilliant as I got to see some exhibitions I had already seen and loved again. I also got to see some new things and was thrilled to recognise some local names/people I have worked with in the past having work in the gallery.
On another level- the staff were *excellent*. Every single staff member that we met today was extremely attentive, helpful and incredibly knowledgable- about the artworks and the building and what times were good for what. They were all approachable and friendly - offering information about the artworks without being overbearing and engaging in conversation. They all seemed to genuinely enjoy their work and made our visit even better. When I was worried about one of the displays interfering with the mechanics of my medical device I asked a member of staff and she instantly got in touch with another staff member to get me some more information. Previously she had been attentively explaining how the interactive artworks operated which was greatly appreciated. Overall, we felt really looked-after and welcomed. Another member gave us some insightful information about the artwork we were mesmerised by and was lovely to chat to about the artist, different artworks and art-forms - especially collage! Another staff member was super friendly and gave us loads of information on the library and what it held and when it was open - I was super excited by that because I'm an absolute bookworm. We had a fantastic conversation with every member of staff we saw and just had a wonderful experience all-round. I wish I knew each staff members name as they deserve to be appreciated for their friendliness, dedication and professionalism. I always recommend the Baltic to anyone visiting Newcastle/Gateshead because even if art/the art isn't your thing, the views are incredible, the staff friendly and helpful and the gift shop has some very very cool things. For this place to be free entry is something I am supremely grateful for.
Written 6 November 2022
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We're supremely grateful to you for taking the time to review us and share your experience with others. Every day we open and close the exhibitions and our building knowing we are all part of a day where we will meet people, share our knowledge of the exhibitions and hopefully bring some joy to our visitors. Thank you so much for noticing that. Hope to welcome you again soon!
Written 22 November 2022
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sheepygold
london5,223 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
I came here once before about 20 years ago, shortly after it opened. Not much has changed in that the building looks amazing from the outside, you get super views of the Tyne and bridges from the top but the 'art' is still a disappointment. If you want to see contemporary art try the Laing Art gallery which doesn't have a lot but the quality is better.
Written 15 October 2022
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We can understand you recommending the Laing, they're great but we like to think we bring something to the arts in Newcastle Gateshead too. In the 20 years you mentioned, we've shown hundreds of exhibitions and supported hundreds more local, national and international artists to present their work on the doorstep of many. We're proud of what we do. If you ever fancy coming again (we'd love it if you didn't leave it another 20 years), then get on a free tour with our Baltic Crew team. They can really bring home why we do things the way we do. Thanks for the review.
Written 22 November 2022
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Vee F
48 contributions
Oct 2022
A very impressive sight along the river, next to the Jury's Inn. On a good day, it is possible to take some stunning photos of the building reflected in the River Tyne.
Written 11 October 2022
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Thank you for this! We enjoy looking at our beautiful reflection in the Tyne too. We hope your photos turned out well and we hope to see you soon. Watch out for a photograph exhibition coming soon. Best wishes and thanks again.
Written 22 November 2022
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weekak
Edinburgh, UK1,018 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
I love the exterior of this building but the interior is a major disappointment with 5 floors of nothing, a total waste of space. This is supposed to be a building to house contemporary art but the art was very minimal and nothing that excited or inspired or touched me in any way. The only good thing I can say about this gallery is the roof top terrace gives a fabulous view of the bridges and the shop has some cool things but apart from that, it left me uninspired and disappointed.
Written 6 October 2022
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It's a shame you were disappointed. We'd love to welcome you back and give you a tour, if you are up for this please drop us a line to myexperience@balticmill.com Thanks for the review and hope to see you soon.
Written 22 November 2022
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Emma J
Edinburgh, UK13 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
It used to be great, but needs a lot more TLC. The exhibitions don’t fit the space well. Too many were closed. And the building needs a serious upgrade. The restaurant is closed and the cafe is an odd hybrid of free coffee and expensive cake. The art isn’t of a good enough quality to be shown in a (previously) iconic building. It’s a shame all round.
Written 1 October 2022
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Hi Emma, if you visited us on 1st Oct then we closed just one space and that was during the Mounira Al Sohl performance (so that visitors could enjoy the performance) but otherwise there would have been all exhibition spaces open and ready for free and for all. Six restaurant is open on the sixth floor offering brunch and lunch Wed-Sat with afternoon teas available on a Sunday. Our community focused cafe on Ground floor (we call it Front Room) is available for use as a packed lunch space but offers free tea & coffee, soft drinks and snacks. We also provide some paid for items, which many visitors feedback on as enjoyable and well priced, especially since many enjoy it with a cuppa on the house. Maybe you'd like to come back and see the next set of new exhibitions, we'll be opening Hinterlands (a group exhibition featuring local artists) along with Jala Wahid (sculpture) from 22nd Oct, if you'd like to come to the preview and have a drink with us please drop us a line myexperience@balticmill.com
Written 5 October 2022
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Snaik
Crieff, UK1 contribution
Sep 2022 • Friends
Was disappointed, a very large building with bitza art scattered around, got to be much better artworks available to display
Written 28 September 2022
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It's a shame you were disappointed, if you plan to visit again please do let us know. We'd love to give you a tour with one of our team, here's how to get in touch, email us at myexperience@balticmill.com We'll be opening new exhibitions on 22 October, with Hinterlands & Jala Wahid, hopefully you'll come back to see if they're more your cup of tea.
Written 5 October 2022
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Kittybiscuit70
Melbourne, Australia159 contributions
Sep 2022
I liked the building and I liked the viewing platform. However I was not a fan of the art at all. I read most of the cards but if I need a detailed “logic” behind the art then it isn’t for me. I was quite disappointed in the selection of exhibitions but I do understand that everyone’s tastes are different.
Written 26 September 2022
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Thanks for the review. One of the plus points to Baltic is that we have a changing programme of exhibitions, if you don't love everything on your visit it's not too long before we changeover. We're currently in changeover on Level 3 & Level 2, which will re-open on 22 Oct with Hinterlands (Level 3) and Jala Wahid (Level 2). It'd be a pleasure to have you join in on a tour too, we offer spotlight tours of all of our exhibitions each for free at 11.30, 13.30 & 15.30. It's a lovely opportunity to meet Baltic Crew and chat through what we're exhibiting.
Written 5 October 2022
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anthony m
24 contributions
Sep 2022
We were on our first visit to the city ,staying down the coast and came in on the metro.The first thing that attracted us to the building was the massive glass viewing room. We had to go in and miss the shops......mmm decisions can be hard to make. A
lovely man at the front desk asked if we had been before and as newbies he gave us a floor guide to help us on our way, start at the top and work your way down,he said.A great start,and fine advice.A fast lift trip to the top floor and the view was fantastic, Walking down the displays on each floor was a meander through a new education for us.it was worth every second of our time and we are spoiled in my mind now, We live in Liverpool,are both in our early sixties and have been to the Walker art gallery in our city lots of times,(Why did I just write that?) we visited the Walker as part of our education and also as days out for our kids and grandkids,the paintings in there are mostly huge things depicting men on horses with nice wavy hair,or young ladies showing their curves even massive feasts with pigs heads and fighting dogs,The art work on display in the Baltic is clever.it makes you think,it makes you take a step back or closer .I think I may actually now understand what I looked at.We made our way down to the ground floor,,remember the really nice man on the front desk?well he was right,start at the top and work your way down,its where the cafe is located and its what you want now,a big slice of cake and a brew (which is free with a slice of cake,how many times can you say that).There is a logo which my wife and I had down as something to do with senses,and we asked a lovely lady from the staff what it actually meant.I'm not telling you,its up to you to visit and ask her yourself.But if its the same lady that we asked ,well,the Baltic should know that she is brilliant at customer relations,she missed so much of her lunch break because she was answering our logo question that led onto another question,and another and finally a massive agreement that the kids programme ,Bluey,is the best thing on tv..Her friend agrees as well. Thank you to the lovely man on the front desk,you were right.The lovely cafe girl for a lovely brew and chat .Special thank you to the lovely lady who likes bluey its been such a long time since a stranger left us with such a great urge to return and simply say hello,how are you enjoying the new series.It your on a little jaunt to the city and need to lose some time,go into the Baltic you don't have to be arty farty,you only need to open your eyes and think about what your thinking about.
Written 20 September 2022
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Your review is like when Bluey finally gets his ice pop at the corner shop! Pure happiness. It is simply wonderful to hear how much you understand what we are trying to do and when you are intrepid explorers and dedicated workers like yourselves, it's simply a pleasure to meet people like you. It's exactly what makes us tick, with a good serving of contemporary art chucked in. The pleasure was all ours to meet you, thanks for being a part of what we do. Best wishes and hope to bump into you soon, Jean Luc.
Written 22 November 2022
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