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BALTIC's 20th Birthday Weekend

Sat 16 & Sun 17 July 2022

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 July, 10.00-18.00

FREE Drop-in

We're turning 20! This year we're celebrating 20 years since we first opened our doors on 13 July 2002. Since then we've welcomed over 8 million visitors and presented hundreds of exhibitions, artists and events. Join us Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July and help us celebrate our 20th Birthday Weekend.

BALTIC's twice yearly Family Days will also be joining the celebration with activities taking inspiration from BALTIC's building history as a working flour mill.


Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 July

  • Level 5: Experience stunning views from our Viewing Box.

  • Level 4: Join a Kittiwake Tour on the Viewing Terrace at 1.30pm, and explore exhibition Carolina Caycedo: Land of Friends.

  • Level 3: Drop into The Vasseur BALTIC Artists' Award and on Saturday 16 July 2.30pm you can experience and interact with products from local makers.

  • Level 2 Gallery: Experience Mounira al Solh: A day is as long as a year, and enjoy relaxed, family friendly story sessions.

  • Level 2 Library: On Saturday 16 July 12-4pm, explore your feelings, memories and connections to food in a drop-in zine workshop with designer and artist Holly Eliza Temple. Using archival material and vintage recipe books, you can collage, draw and bind your own personal zine about what food means to you, and be a part of a collaborative outcome to be archived at BALTIC.

  • Level 2: Have fun in Learning Lounge, with games, toys, books and creative activities. Experience workshops by artists Mani Kambo and Sue Loughlin, and chill out in our Sensory Room, a quiet space with sensory toys, projections and lights.

  • Level 1: Join Undutiful Spirit as they reach the end of their BALTIC Archive residency, then drop into our cinema and re-discover some BALTIC memories from the last 20 years.

  • Ground Floor Gallery: Get active, play and imagine in the interactive exhibition, Albert Potrony: equal play. This exhibition may be busy, please listen to Crew for advice.

  • Front Room: Enjoy a free hot drink or squash, with snacks in Front Room on the Ground Floor.

  • Car Park: Discover local art and support local artists in BALTIC's first Art Car Boot Sale. Find out about the Open Call here: baltic.art/art-car-boot-fair Deadline: 31 May.

  • Behind BALTIC: Visit the mobile exhibition What's for Tea? on its last stop and on Sunday 17 July at 2.30pm join artist Julia Heslop for a talk and pancakes.

  • Outside: Explore the NewcastleGateshead Quayside and local history as BALTIC Crew take you on a relaxed Quayside Tour.


Useful tips for your visit:

Please note: If you are planning to visit and can use public transport we would recommend it as our car park will be closed. The Voltra 53/54 bus drops on the quayside just along from BALTIC and picks up from Newcastle city centre or from Gateshead Interchange plus Bensham and near Saltwell Park. You can find the timetables here:

Service 54

Service 53

There is another car park, Quarryfield Road Car Park just up the bank from BALTIC opposite Gateshead College. As the site between Sage Gateshead and BALTIC is currently under development, if you use the Sage Gateshead car park you won’t be able to come down the usual steps to BALTIC and it would mean a longer walk than usual.

Access: BALTIC has step-free access. There is a Buggy Park available however please be prepared there will be limited space. Find out more about BALTIC’s accessibility here.

Baby Change & Toilets: There are toilets and baby change facilities throughout the building, with free nappies and wipes available on request, just ask a member of BALTIC Crew.

BALTIC Front Room: You can bring your own packed lunch and eat it our Front Room, located on the Ground Floor. You can enjoy free hot drinks, squash and snacks here too, donations welcome.

Feeding: BALTIC is breast and bottle feeding friendly, you can feed your baby wherever you like on your visit.

Lockers: Lockers are available to use on the Ground Floor to store items during your visit. Lockers require a non-refundable £1 coin to operate.

Opening times: BALTIC's 20th Birthday Weekend will run Saturday 16 July & Sunday 17 July, 10am-6pm.

Getting to BALTIC: BALTIC is easily accessible by bus, Metro, car or on foot. For more information and directions see here.