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Baltic confirms over 100 artists for Open Submission exhibition

30 Jan 2024
Baltic Press Team

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead is pleased to announce the successful artists who will exhibit in the gallery as part of Baltic Open Submission, in association with Fenwick.

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From 1400 submissions over 100 North East artists, aged 11 to 83 were selected 

The group exhibition spanning painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, film, and installation work is set to open to the public on Saturday 16 March 2024.

A record 1400 artists and makers based in the North East of England submitted artworks to be considered in the hugely successful open call. The work of 104 artists were selected by a panel comprising North East musician and lead singer with Maximo Park, Paul Smith; artist, Jasmina Cibic, Niomi Fairweather, Baltic Curator; and Rose McMurray, Baltic Assistant Curator. 

Baltic’s Open Submission initiative seeks to give visibility to arts practice from individuals and collectives that may not previously have been seen by a public audience. No training, qualifications, or experience of exhibiting publicly was necessary to submit an artwork.

This second iteration follows an open call in 2020 that saw 100 works exhibited from 500 submissions.   

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Niomi Fairweather, Baltic Curator said:

“The response to this open call has been fantastic and we have been blown away with the number of applications we received. It's been a real privilege to get an insight into the fantastic artwork and practices that people are producing and developing, it makes me feel proud to work in this wonderfully creative region”

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The successful applicants will have their work exhibited in Baltic’s expansive Ground Floor gallery space alongside three works submitted for inclusion by established contemporary artists. These include the colourful, expressive painting The Exhibitionist by Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves), a new photographic work by American-born, Newcastle based photographer Phyllis Christoper and British sculptor Holly Hendry.  

The exhibiting makers and artists span a wide age range, from fledgling spray paint street artist Terox, aged 11 to an 80-year-old former Chartered architect Paul W. Kelso, inspired by his daughter to apply. Having previously appeared on BBC’s Best Inventions with his designs, Paul will exhibit a sculpture created in his garage using various hardwoods. 

Work by Megan Jepson, an accomplished and award-winning visual creative based in Newcastle upon Tyne will also be on display. Known for her skills in photography, directing and editing, Megan has collaborated with global fashion powerhouses such as Balenciaga Nike, Levi’s and Off White. At Baltic, Megan will present new work from a passion project titled The Showman that documents the traveling fairgrounds loved and known across the UK.  

Leo Fenwick, Strategic Partnerships Director, Fenwick

Leo Fenwick, Strategic Partnerships Director, Fenwick said:

“Supporting talent has always been a part of our DNA at Fenwick with art and creativity being something our customers are truly passionate about. The quality of the works submitted for the exhibition have been outstanding and highlight some the brightest talent from the North East and the UK art scene today. We are incredibly proud to be part of showcasing artists’ creative journeys.”  

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Baltic Preview Party

There will be an opportunity to see the entire selection of over 100 artworks for the first time at a special Baltic Preview Party on Friday 15 March from 6.30pm.

Booking is essential for the free entry, evening event including DJ sets from Paul Smith (Maximo Park), Ross Millard (The Futureheads) and J.Nich. 

Tickets are bookable from 11.00am on Wednesday 31 January at  

Baltic Open Submission 2024 exhibition will run from 16 March – 1 September 2024.

Full List of Exhibiting Artists:

Lana-Karylle Abraham, Angela Allaway, Lucien Anderson, Anthroposcenic, Sarah-Lee Bailey, David Baillie, Maja Bednarska, C. Mae Bloom, Ruth Bond, Charlotte Brecken, Brutalwares, Darren Cairney, Zhehao Cao, CHO, Sarah Cleeve, Katy Cole, Erin Collins, Phyllis Christopher, Rachael Cutmore, Bethany Dallas, Kevin Day, Giorgio Di Francesco, Anthony Downie, Mark Duffy, Theresa Easton, ECHOKIT (Neil Wilson), Taryn Edmonds, Jess Edwards, Kim Fewell, Michael Fischer, Marie Fitzsimmons, Susan J Foulkes, Stuart Francis, Ross H Frew, Pawel Gajek, Alia Gargum, gobscure, Dan Goodman, Richard Hall, Octavia Hands, Nancy Harper, Derek Henderson, Holly Hendry, Alice Highet, Ross Humphries, Becky Hush, Marc Jeffrey, Megan Jepson, Craig Stewart Johnson, Sian Jordan, Milda June, Giedre Ka, Peter Kellett, Paul W. Kelso, Kitch22, Makis Lepouris, Martha Lewis, Andrew Livingstone, Kerry Lowes, Natasha Loydell, Euan Lynn, Jenni Mac, Julie Macbean, Kirsty Maclennan, Jenny McNamara, Luke McTaggart, Meg McWilliam, Anya Miler, Andrew Mitchell, Jim Moir (Vic Reeves), Maria Motowylczyk, Kübra Müjde, Claire Ong, Liam Paul, Charlie Pellow, Jo Pickering, Danielle Pilling, Brian Plunkett, Jack Purvis, Thomas Quibell, Rosie Rendles, David Reynolds, Sally Roberts, Stevie Ronnie, Thom Sansom, Lily Senner, Gavin Shepherdson, Lottie Simpson, Agatha Smith, Frank Lee Smith, Finn Smith Ogg, Carol Sommer, Cody Sowerby, Nichola Stott, Yuliia Syrenkova, Terox (Taye Benjamin), Adam Thirtle, Hope Turnbull, Unlearn & Publish (Bex Harvey & Sarah Li), Anthony Venus, Lucy Waters, Katie Watson, Zac Weinberg, Benjamin Welsh, Steven Wood, Soph Woodward, Yixue Yang

About Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art creates and produces exhibitions, events and learning opportunities which explore the role of artists from across the world. Located on Gateshead quayside, Baltic has 2,600 square metres of exhibition space making it the UK’s largest gallery dedicated to the art and artists of today and tomorrow.

Baltic welcomes visitors free of charge, all year round to experience art, talks, performance and activities in a fully accessible building. Over 8 million have walked through its doors so far. Beyond its bricks, Baltic connects and exchange with communities, individuals and groups exploring creativity, social connections and wider understanding of the world.

About Fenwick 
Britain’s family of style pioneers since 1882. Fenwick offers a curated edit of luxury across fashion, beauty and lifestyle, presented in an inspirational shopping environment across nine stores and digital. Fenwick is the largest family-owned group of department stores in the United Kingdom offering in-store events, bespoke services, treatment rooms and innovative restaurants. @FenwickOfficial