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Art in Action Trail

Collect a free map from BALTIC

Walk from BALTIC Gateshead to Dunston Staiths this summer. Get outside and power up your creativity with fun family activities, videos, sound and movement to discover along the route.

Collect your free map from BALTIC, Wed-Sun 10.30am-6pm and enjoy free creative activities outdoors. For children of all ages and abilities.

Fuel up with free hot drinks, juice and snacks in BALTIC Front Room at the beginning or end of your adventure.


Getting started

You can begin this Art in Action Trail at BALTIC Gateshead (NE8 3BA) or Dunston Staiths (NE11 9DR). You can collect a free map from both locations.

From your starting point, follow the green route marked on your map. You’ll discover creative activities that can be accessed from a digital device along the way.

You can download them all in advance of your walk here. Head to BALTIC to use the free WiFi before your walk. This will mean you don’t need to use your data to stream the activities.

You may want to bring headphones to hear the video and sound works.

The trail will take approximately 40 minutes (about 2 miles) to walk, plus time to stop, play and take part in activities.

You can download a guide of what to expect from the trail here.

If you want to take part but don't have enough data, send your name, telephone number and network to learning@balticmill.com or call 0191 440 4908 and we can arrange a top up for you (limited numbers available).


Art in Action Trail activities

You’ll encounter these artist activities along the trail...

Illustrator and artist Sofia Barton has created the map to guide you along the route. Add your own drawings and colour as you go.

Move and Make with artist Megan Randall. Watch the video on Baltic Square, be inspired by what’s around you. Watch here.

Make field notes with artist Sue Loughlin before you start your trail. Watch here.

Take a sound walk with artist Sheree Angela Matthews along the riverside and under the bridges. Watch here.

Take a Closer Look; connect to nature and each other with artist Sophie Lisa Smith.
Watch part 1 here.
Watch part 2 here.
Watch part 3 here.

After you've finished your journey, Sue Loughlin has created an activity for you to make at home. Watch here. Sue has also created a guide to this activity, which you can download here.


Stay safe on the trail

The trail route is a public footpath and cycle route, and includes road crossings and cyclists. Stay safe and be aware of what’s happening around you. The route is wheelchair accessible and pushchair friendly.


Visiting BALTIC

BALTIC is family friendly:

• Picnic area for your packed lunch
• Fully accessible building
• Baby change facilities and toilets
• Free nappies and sanitary products
• Breastfeeding friendly
• Water bottle refill station
• Free drinks and snacks in BALTIC Front Room

We’ve got measures in place to keep everyone safe on a visit to BALTIC, including social distancing, limited visitor numbers and extra cleaning. Read the full list of safety measure here.

BALTIC is easily accessible by bus, metro, car or on foot. For more information and directions see here.

You can use your map to go on an adventure anytime this summer. Please note; BALTIC is open Wednesday-Sunday 10.30am-6pm.


Arts Award

Whilst you're taking part in the Art in Action Trail this BALTIC Family Day, you can also take part in Arts Award Discover. Arts Award is an award designed for ages 5 and above, but is open to children and young people aged 25 and under. Find out more about Arts Award here.


Art in Action Trail activities