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A Visual Story: Michael Rakowitz

Find out what to expect when visiting Michael Rakowitz The Waiting Gardens of the North with this Visual Story guide - a guide with words and pictures. It is sometimes called a Social Narrative. 

The Waiting Gardens of the North is an IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund commission in partnership with Baltic.

Figure touching plants
Summer Sizzler Weekend 2023. Photo: Barry Pells

This exhibition is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm. You can drop-in for free anytime during our opening hours. 

If you have any questions or would like to chat about your visit before coming, you can email us on [javascript protected email address] or call us on 0191 478 1810. 

Important Allergen Information

Visitor Notice: Level 4 + Level 5

Please be aware the Level 4 exhibition contains plants, flowers and pollen. 

There are also dried herbs/spices within Level 4 that may have had contact with Mustard, Celery and Sesame

If you have allergens related to any of these please speak to a member of Baltic Crew before visiting Level 4 or Level 5. 

Decorated panel with surrounding plants
  • You will find this gallery on the Fourth Floor. It can also be viewed from above from Level 5.
  • As you approach this exhibition, you will encounter a large green painted wall with the title of this exhibition 'Michael Rakowitz, The Waiting Gardens of the North' and alongside it, dates of the exhibition.
  • On the left wall, there is information about events and workshops related to this exhibition. 
  • On the right wall, there are exhibition credits and information about supporters of this exhibition. 
Plants and labels
  • As you enter the exhibition doorway you will encounter a number of wooden structures and a lot of plants.
  • These structures are of varying height.
  • The wooden structures contain plants, sand, and stones, and sometimes have benched areas where you can sit. 
  • The flooring around this exhibition is wooden.
  • There will be a Baltic Crew member in the gallery, they are there to help and assist you with any questions.
Decorated panel with surrounding plants
  • You can travel around the exhibition in any direction.
  • In some sections, there will be description text on the wall.
  • These will give you further information about the exhibition and local organisations.
  • As you travel into the exhibition there is a large panel positioned centrally. This is made out of recycled plastics.
  • As you travel further into the gallery, there are more plants and areas to rest,.
  • There is a small bridge structure, with plants on top.
  • There are a variety of flowers and herbs drying on racks
Figure looking through book in exhibition
  • Towards the back of the exhibition, there are benches and tables, feel free to rest here.
  • Sometimes there will be events or workshops on these benches.
Stacks of plants in trays
  • Take as long as you want in this exhibition, there is no time limit.
  • Once you are ready to leave this gallery, head back and exit the same way you entered.
Audio Guide Headphones

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