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Offsite: What’s for Tea?

from BALTIC & Travelling Gallery

21 February – 18 July 2022

As part of a series of projects marking its twentieth anniversary year, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead will take a new exhibition to communities across the North East of England in Travelling Gallery, a custom-built mobile art gallery.

Beginning 26 February 2022 in Bensham, Gateshead, the tour will pack up the whole BALTIC experience; an exhibition, informative talks, artist-led workshops, fun and friendly conversation and free hospitality; and de-camp to locations across the North East region, from Birtley to Blyth, Chopwell to Consett and Alnwick to Ashington.

The mobile exhibition, What’s for Tea? will be housed inside a custom-built mobile art gallery as BALTIC partners with the Scotland-based organisation Travelling Gallery to journey to communities far and wide. It will return to base for BALTIC’s 20th Birthday Celebration Weekend as the bus parks up outside the gallery on Baltic Square on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July 2022.

On Saturdays in February through to June, between 12noon-4pm the bus will be stationed at a different community centre, civic project, hospital, garden or car park to host a free programme of artist-led workshops, foraging walks and exhibition tours with BALTIC’s friendly Crew team. There will be free food and drinks, echoing the complimentary / donations-welcome offer in ‘Front Room’ in the building at BALTIC Gateshead. The activities will be suitable for families, children and young people and all are welcome to turn up, whether the bus is visiting nearby or for anyone who wishes to travel to where it visits.

The exhibition title comes from the age-old question which Northern residents get quizzed on daily by friends, family and partners, “What’s for tea?”, referring to their main/evening meal of the day. What’s for Tea? will reference BALTIC’s building history as a working flour mill, opened in 1950 by Rank Hovis. It will explore food production and consumption; what we eat, how much we eat and how our eating habits could help combat the climate emergency.

Works by Isabella Carreras, Kara Chin, Turner Prize-nominated duo Cooking Sections, artist collective Future Farmers, Asunción Molinos Gordo, Julia Heslop, David Lisser and Sarah Qaed will explore sustainable food production and community initiatives through film, installation, sculpture, print and the written word.

What's for Tea? Bus Tour Dates


Exhibition Access

BALTIC is committed to making exhibitions as accessible and inclusive as possible. Below are resources and alternative ways to explore What’s for Tea?

You can find out more about accessibility at BALTIC here.

Website accessibility

You can use Recite Me, a web accessibility and language toolbar, across BALTIC's website to make webpages, 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.

Exhibition guides

Download the exhibition guide here

Download a Large Print version of the exhibition guide here

Your visit

This exhibition is wheelchair accessible.

The film within the exhibition has captions.

BALTIC Crew

While visiting the exhibition, please chat to BALTIC Crew who can interpret the artworks and help bring meaning and understanding.