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BALTIC 20th Birthday Weekend

Sat 16 & Sun 17 July 10am-6pm

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 July, 10am-6pm

Free Drop-in

We're turning 20! Since July 2002 we've welcomed 8.8 million visitors and presented hundreds of exhibitions, artists and events. Join us Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 July for a weekend of special events to celebrate our 20th Birthday.

BALTIC's twice yearly Family Days will also be joining the celebration with activities taking inspiration from BALTIC's building history as a working flour mill.

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 July

Level 5:

  • Experience stunning views from our Viewing Box.

Level 4:

  • Join a Kittiwake Tour on the Viewing Terrace (1.30pm).

  • Explore exhibition Carolina Caycedo: Land of Friends.

  • Get creative in a making workshop with artist Isabella Carerras and Baltic’s Art Lab families, then join a procession across the Tyne bridge and alongside the river. Create protest placards to carry on the procession, exploring art, activism and the importance of working together to build our relationships with each other and non-human life e.g. rivers, animals, plants, insects.

Level 3:

  • Explore The Vasseur BALTIC Artists' Award

  • Drop into talks and tastings with Baltic’s resident beekeepers from North East Young Dads & Lads (Sat 16 July, 12.30-3pm), plus cordial drink-makers from Scotswood Gardens (Sun 17 July, 12.30-3pm).

Level 2:

  • Experience Mounira al Solh: A day is as long as a year, and join an informal exhibition tour (3.30pm).

  • Check into Bread & Breakfast, a self-led play space for under 5s to explore the journey of bread, from farm to plate.

  • Join artist Sue Loughlin (Sat 16 July, 11am-4pm) in a creative workshop exploring food. It’s 2050, it’s your birthday and your kitchen is equipped with a food printing device. You download your favourite recipes and watch as your personalised party tea materialises on your plate... What does it look like?

  • Stop by the Library and explore your feelings, memories and connections to food in a drop-in zine workshop with artist Holly Eliza Temple (Sat 16 July, 12-3pm). Using archival material and vintage recipe books, you can collage, draw and bind your own personal zine about what food means to you, and be a part of a collaborative outcome to be archived at Baltic.

  • Come and draw designs for plates, bowls and cups with Foundation Press (Sun 17 July, 12-3pm). Do you have a favourite plate that you remember from when you were younger? Maybe you have a favourite plate from someone in your family's house? Or maybe you can imagine a plate that is far more colourful and wonderful than any that you use. Draw and collage your own design and we'll make a dinner set display of everyone's work. We will then pick one of the designs at the end to get printed onto a real plate after the event and someone will get to eat their dinner off their own design.

  • Join artist Mani Kambo (Sun 17 July, 11am-4pm) and decorate a party hat sharing your personality and favourite foods. What do you bring to the table? Your charisma and charm, humour, your favourite chocolate bar or crisps. Come and create a party hat celebrating positivity and yourself.

  • Explore our Sensory Room, a space with sensory toys, projections and lights. Have fun in Learning Lounge, with games, toys, books and creative activities.

Level 1:

  • Join interactive exploring of Baltic’s archive with artist collective Undutiful Spirit. Paper sculpting will take place daily (12pm-4pm).

  • Enjoy some of Baltic’s 20-year exhibition history on film in our Cinema.

  • TOTALLER will use space within the building to summon A BUN DANCE. Over the course of the weekend experience a range of interactive performances and audio visual provocations, including meditations and making sessions, around themes of friendship, generosity and abundance. TOTALLER is an assemblage of artists based around the north of England, who since 2014 have worked with over 30 artists in settings that include galleries, garages and archaeological sites. Their practice is collective and experimental, built around friendship as a creative force.

Ground Floor:

  • Get active, play and imagine in the interactive exhibition, Albert Potrony: equal play.

  • Enjoy a free hot drink or squash, with snacks in Front Room on the Ground Floor.

  • A Limited Edition Gold version of the classic BALTIC Tote bag and a limited edition Tatty Devine Angel of the North gold necklace will both be available exclusively at BALTIC Shop on the Ground Floor.


  • Buy affordable art from over 50 artists including painters, ceramicists print makers, zine makers and sculptors in BALTIC's first Art Car Boot Fair (11am-5pm) in Baltic's Car Park. Food and drink stalls will be open to buy refreshments from Acropolis, Little Bao Bar, Palominos Ice Cream and North Shore Coffee.

  • Live DJ sets from Slack’s Radio will complete the alfresco experience. Slack’s is an independent community radio station based in Newcastle. Broadcasting live from their home at The Lubber Fiend every weekend, it hosts over 100 DJs, artists and performers from a wide range of social backgrounds and artistic disciplines. Slack’s is listener funded and doesn’t take money from advertisements or commercial partnerships, working directly with and for our community. You can help support the station here. DJ Line up: Fiona Anderson, Lewwil, CARMICHAEL, Kat K, Competition, Bird Brains, Time Wastin’ and Maya Wallis.

  • Visit the mobile exhibition What's for Tea? on its last stop in BALTIC's Car Park.

  • Get creative and make bushcraft with Clara Warden (Sat 16 July, 11-1pm) outside the Travelling Gallery as part of the exhibition What’s for Tea?.

  • Join artist Julia Heslop (Sun 17 July 12 & 1pm) for some informal talks about her commission Grains to Tyne (2022). Referencing BALTIC’s history as a site of flour production and distribution, Grains to Tyne is situated outside the Travelling Gallery as part of the exhibition What’s for Tea? and is an interactive work about the global nature of food production. It invites us to get involved in the process of flour making and create our own blend using grains from around the world, hand grinding them to take home.

  • Borrow a hula hoop from our Front Room and have a spin and a twirl on Baltic Square.

After hours: Sunset Livestream online with R●MCL

  • As the suns sets on the first day of the 20th Birthday Weekend (Sat 16 July, 9pm) a special live stream DJ set will broadcast live online from BALTIC’s level 4 viewing terrace. Partnering with OCOL TV, the broadcast will combine a live DJ performance from R●MCL with cinematic camera and drone shots of Baltic and the stunning Newcastle Gateshead quayside.

  • Tune in from the video below, from this link or from our facebook page. Add to your facebook calendar now to be reminded and watch/listen from wherever you are on the evening to toast us a Happy 20th Birthday.

Useful tips for your visit:

We recommend travelling by public transport if you are able to, as our main car park will be closed.

• Newcastle Central Station or Gateshead Metro Interchange are the closest Metro stops to BALTIC. Find out about Nexus' Take the Kids for Free promise.

• Gateshead Bus Interchange or Newcastle Central Station are the closest bus stations. The Voltra 53 & Voltra 54 buses run every 12 minutes during the day and directly serve BALTIC. They start from both Gateshead Interchange and Newcastle Central Station. You can find the timetables here: Service 54 Service 53

Plan your visit to our 20th Birthday Weekend by bus here. Find out about Go North East’s Family Day Ticket, and full ticket range here.

• BALTIC's main car park will be closed, please use alternative car parks. Quarryfield Road Car Park is just up the bank from BALTIC, opposite Gateshead College. If using Sage Gateshead car park, the usual steps down to BALTIC are not available as this area is under development.

• BALTIC is accessible by bike via South Shore Road and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. There are bike racks located on Baltic Square, near BALTIC's main entrance. The bike racks are maintained by Gateshead Council and free to use.


We are committed to making our events as accessible and inclusive as possible. Below are resources and alternative ways to celebrate our birthday weekend. You can find out more about accessibility at BALTIC here.

What to expect on your visit: Find out what to expect when visiting on our birthday weekend with this Visual Story guide - a guide with words and pictures.

Please note: We anticipate this weekend being busier and louder than usual.

Website: You can use Recite Me, a web accessibility and language toolbar, across BALTIC's website to make web pages, text and documents more accessible for you. The Recite Me toolbar includes text read aloud or translated into 35 different languages. You can find Recite Me on the top left corner of the page, click the 'Accessibility Tools' button.

Access: BALTIC has step-free access. There is a Buggy Park available however please be prepared there will be limited space.

Baby Change & Toilets: There are toilets and baby change facilities throughout the building, with free nappies and wipes available on request, just ask a member of BALTIC Crew.

BALTIC Front Room: You can bring your own packed lunch and eat it our Front Room, located on the Ground Floor. You can enjoy free hot drinks, squash and snacks here too, donations welcome.

Feeding: BALTIC is breast and bottle feeding friendly, you can feed your baby wherever you like on your visit.

Lockers: Lockers are available to use on the Ground Floor to store items during your visit. Lockers require a non-refundable £1 coin to operate.

Opening times: BALTIC's 20th Birthday Weekend will run Saturday 16 July & Sunday 17 July, 10am-6pm.

Getting to BALTIC: BALTIC is accessible by bus, Metro or on foot. For more information and directions see here.