Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC presents a dynamic, diverse and international programme of contemporary visual art.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
South Shore Road
Tel: 0191 478 1810
Monday to Sunday 10am - 6pm
(Except Tuesday 10.30-am-6pm)
Gateshead Council first conceived the idea of transforming the former 1940s grain warehouse on the south bank of the River Tyne into an international gallery which would be at the forefront of contemporary visual art in December 1992.
The exciting proposal to develop this disused landmark attracted widespread support and enthusiasm.
An independent report on the artistic potential of the building was published in 1992 and in early 1994 an international architectural competition was launched by the Royal Institute of British Architects ( RIBA ) to find an exciting and innovative design for the gallery.
In late 1994, Dominic Williams of Ellis Williams Architects was announced as the winner and a major feasibility award from the Arts Council National Lottery Fund in 1995 enabled detailed design work to begin.