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Myths, Monsters and Beasties

Wednesday 26 - Friday 28 October

Wednesday 26 - Friday 28 October 2022

Free, donations welcome

Inspired by Sahej Rahal’s immersive digital exhibition Mythmachine, level up your October half-term with a series of performative workshops, artist-led making and an interactive installation, with some unusual and unknown creatures.

Mythmachine is part of Baltic's ongoing exhibition strand that explores play. It includes a new body of work conceived as an immersive virtual playground that responds to chaos, luck and chance. Mythmachine comes from the future and will transform and expand in response to players. It is a site for the rehearsal of cohabitation between human and non-human systems through speech, song and rhythm.

Our Learning Lounge is the perfect spot, where you and your little one can chat, rest, learn and play. Families can enjoy games, toys and books and uncover hidden creativity in self-led artistic activities. Come together with friends and family with soft seating, tables and chairs as well as comfortable matting.

Our popular Sensory Room is a space to play and explore with sensory toys, projections and lights. Take a pause as your little one enjoys fibre optics, a bubble tube, a light table with coloured shapes and a projector. We also have engaging light-up orbs and cubes, large soft shapes, wipe-able matting and a sofa to rest and relax on.

Brought a packed lunch with you? Take it down to Front Room, enjoy your sarnies in our picnic area and wash it down with free squash. From our Front Room to yours, come together for hospitality, care and kind conversation. Connect to the free wi-fi, check the community noticeboard and meet up with friends over a cuppa.


For monsters under 9

Julia Snowdin: Do Touch
Play with monster-like characters with tactile tentacles and soft spikes in Snowdin’s sculptural world Do Touch. Accompanied by roaring and rumbling sounds, play, sit, listen and respond in this squishy space, surrounded by colour and soft lighting. Free, drop-in

Artist-Led Workshop
Join artist Megan Randall in our Level 2 Studio Space between 2pm-4pm daily to build a world of myths and monsters. Together, we’ll squish, shape and squash clay into friendly, or not so friendly, beasties that will grow. Free, drop-in

Monster Club
Join Timbadash Theatre in an immersive adventure specially commissioned for children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and/or neurodiversity and their families. Free, Booking essential

'Where do monsters live? Are all monsters scary? What do they eat? Are they allergic to dairy? Are they BIG, or are they small? Come and explore this multi-sensory adventure into our monster's lair, don't worry they're very friendly. They'll teach you a song, show you all their creepy crawlies and welcome you to the monster club.'

Monster Club with TimbaDash Theatre is now fully booked. This event is a pilot and we hope to do similar events in the future.


For monsters 9+

Exhibition: Nostalgika

Join us on Level 1, Wed 26 - Sun 30 Oct, to explore Nostalgika a presentation of work by Young Producers. Young Producers are a group of young people aged 13-19 from Gateshead, Newcastle and South Tyneside who meet regularly at Baltic to plan projects, events and commissions by and for young people. Free, donations welcome


Accessibility:

We are committed to making our events as accessible and inclusive as possible. You can find out more about accessibility at Baltic here.

What to expect on your visit: Find out what to expect when visiting Baltic with this Visual Story guide - a guide with words and pictures.

Website: You can use Recite Me, a web accessibility and language toolbar, across Baltic's website to make web pages, 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.

Access: Baltic has step-free access. There is a Buggy Park available however please be prepared there will be limited space.

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.

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: We are open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 6pm. Free entry, donations welcome.

Getting to Baltic: For more information and directions see here.