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BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art creates and produces exhibitions, activities and opportunities that explore understanding of the world through diverse contemporary art by artists from across the world. Located on Gateshead quayside, we have 2,600 square metres of exhibition space dedicated to the art and artists of today and tomorrow.

We welcome visitors free of charge, all year round to experience art, talks, performance and activities in a fully accessible building. We have been visited by over 8 million since opening in July 2002. Beyond our bricks, BALTIC connects and exchange in an on-going basis with our local communities, individuals and groups exploring creativity, social connections and shared hospitality.


Our mission is to create greater understanding of the world through outstanding, experimental and inspiring contemporary art which has power, relevance and meaning for individuals and communities.


  • To commission and produce exhibitions, performances, public and learning programmes which champion the role of artists in contemporary society.
  • To create environments and opportunities within and beyond BALTIC’s galleries where individuals and communities can explore different ways of seeing and thinking about the world by engaging with exceptional art and artists.
  • To deeply root inclusivity and diversity in all our practices, processes and actions so we may better reflect and support our local, national and international communities.
  • To devise and embed innovative research-engaged frameworks which support and encourage talent development of artists and future thinking through sustained collaboration, partnership and sector leadership.


  • We value inclusion, empathy and encouragement, we provide opportunity, inspiration and surprise, and we aim to increase empathy and enlighten those who engage with us.
  • We believe that our programme of exhibitions and activities exposes and explores new ideas and fresh perspectives, triggering multiple points of view that are enriched through shared dialogue and alternative ways of seeing. This has the capacity to break down barriers, helping individuals and communities to better understand and value each other at a local, national and international level.


BALTIC was founded with funding from The National Lottery through Arts Council England, Gateshead Council, Northern Rock Foundation, the European Regional Development Fund and One NorthEast. BALTIC gratefully acknowledges continued support from Arts Council England and Gateshead Council, and is a registered charity.