BALTIC Foundation Club

BALTIC Foundation Club is a free summer series of online artist-led workshops and critical discussions for young people aged 13-19. Working together, we'll explore, make, exchange, inspire and collaborate to create sculpture, poetry, film, spoken word, animation and sound pieces that represent your story, your voice, the things you care about in this world and the things you might want to change. 

It's been a heavy 2020. In BALTIC's Foundation Club, artists, facilitators and BALTIC staff will create safe weekly spaces online for you to meet, create and share individually and collectively.

Artwork created through the Foundation Club programme will be submitted to Arts Council England and Google Arts and Culture as part of a national exhibition project called The Way I See It, available online in October 2020.

You can see the full list of Foundation Club online workshops and events below. To book your free place at BALTIC’s Foundation Club email foundationclub@balticmill.com. If you’re under 16, we need the permission of a parent/carer before you can take part so please ask them to get in touch.

Foundation Club: Part 3
With artist Zoe Murtagh & Laura Stutter Garcia

Taking the power of our words and voices as inspiration, we will use collage, music, spoken word and images to shout about what is important to us, right now, in our immediate surroundings and in the future. With a focus on working out how to be loud when we are told to be quiet and patient, we will use manifesto writing techniques to tell the world this is The Way I See It.

  • Monday 24 August 16.30-17.45 
  • Saturday 29 August 10.30-12.00
  • Tuesday 1 September 16.30-17.45 
  • Saturday 5 September 10.30-12.00

To book your free place at BALTIC Foundation Club email foundationclub@balticmill.com. If you’re under 16, we need the permission of a parent/carer before you can take part so please ask them to get in touch.


What if I can’t make all of those dates, do I need to attend all of the workshops?

When you book, you need to tell us which Foundation Club ‘Part’ you want to attend; Part 1, 2 or 3. Your booking will be for the online events that fall under that Part. We hope you’ll be able to attend all 4-6 workshops but, let’s be honest…life is busy and gets in the way. Although each workshop in a Part will build on the previous ones, they are all stand-alone and will work whether you’ve attended previous ones or not. Although we’d encourage you to commit to the majority.

I’ve been working on my own work during lockdown and would like some advice, who can help?

Our Saturday sessions will be ‘group crit’ style discussions. Bring some examples of your own work to share, as well as help, discuss and advise others about theirs.

I’ve just spent 4 months doing remote learning, will this be just like school?

We don’t know what your previous experience of remote learning is, but, we can say that this is not school. It’s a Club, so think an open, creative space to share, experiment and make. We’d love to introduce you to artists, help you try new things and give you a platform for exhibiting your work through Google Arts and Culture. Added bonus; we don’t know you and therefore have no preconceived ideas about who you are. You can be who you want to be with us and we hope that together, we’ll create a fun and inspiring space.

I can’t attend, but I still have something to say about how I feel about the world right now. How can I get my work exhibited on the Google Arts and Culture platform?

Fab! We want to hear what you have to say. You can still submit your work through BALTIC. Share it with us by email foundationclub@balticmill.com and we’ll help you complete a submission and consent form (it’s easy, we promise).

I’m a parent/carer and I have concerns about my child taking part in online workshops. Can you give me any reassurance?

Yes. Thank you, this is understandable. BALTIC has robust Online Safeguarding Guidelines which all of our artists and facilitators have read and will adhere to. We’ll be sending out some short reminders alongside password protected links to participants once they sign up.

During workshops we’ll be using Waiting Room systems so we can control who is ‘in the room’ and agree a set of ground rules together. All of our hosts are DBS checked and the only private message system available will be for young people to flag any concerns or questions directly. For general advice on keeping children and young people safe online, see this guidance page from the government.

I’ve booked my place, now what?

Brilliant! You’ll receive an email from a BALTIC staff member confirming your booking and a few days in advance, you’ll receive the link for your first session. We’re really looking forward to working with you! Welcome to the Foundation Club.