Apr 07 2012

Baltic 39: a new contemporary art hub in Newcastle

I heard that the Baltic was opening a new art space in High Bridge today, so I headed into town to see how things were coming along.

I found a well designed series of spaces with a lot of natural light. I can see this being a valuable exhibition facility for artists and the public. Today only level 4  the “Project Space” had accessible exhibits to visit. The two spaces contained a variety of sculpture and graphic art presented in unusual ways. The works on display in the inaugural “Switch” exhibition had been selected by Newcastle-born sculptor Phyllida Barlow. They explore the process the artist goes through to produce the art. I am not an expert in art but I often find something that strikes a chord, one way or another, at the Baltic. I found a few objects that I really found appealing in amongst the work today. I won’t tell you what they are, pop in yourself and have a look, entrance is free.

Northumbria University is relocating the Third Year undergraduate and MA  Fine Arts teaching and research to BALTIC 39. This aims to be a place where students can be exposed to internationally reknowned artists, have access to the guidance of researchers and develop their skills and knowledge in a supportive and inspirational environment.

The building will allow curators and artists the space to innovate, explore and develop art and exhibitions in a way that was not before possible. there are 32 artist studios in Baltic 39. 25 of these are being used by local professional artists.

I enjoyed what I saw and I am looking forward to seeing  what is going to appear in this new and exciting creative space. Baltic 39 is located at 31-39 High Bridge.

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Pictures from the Baltic website.