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BALTIC Mission, Vision & Values


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.


  • Situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, England, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art consists of 2,600 square metres of art space, making it the UK’s largest dedicated contemporary art institution.
  • 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 receives continued support from Arts Council England and Gateshead Council and is a registered charity.

Read about BALTIC's history