During the building closure and this unprecedented period BALTIC has been continuing its work in connecting with communities and individuals from the local area. BALTIC has been listening, exchanging and exploring ways to further support creativity and respond to everyday challenges our communities have experienced in the lockdown period and beyond.
BALTIC has, together with our partners, delivered 16,000, colouring-in postcards of work by contemporary artists to people across Gateshead and Newcastle including key workers, families, refugee and asylum seeker communities and older adults. These postcards can be posted on to friends and families with a personal message to keep connections alive with loved ones during challenging times.
BALTIC has run two ESOL Zoom sessions per week for those learning English to connect with a member of staff to practice conversation and also exchange recipes.
BALTIC has delivered creative material packs and food vouchers in school holiday periods to 30 households in Birtley who ordinarily access free school meals.
BALTIC has created and published fun new activities online every week for children and families to do together at home. This has included ‘Meet & Make’ videos uploaded to YouTube and free downloadable resources inspired by the environment and caring for the world around us. These activities have focused on creating and using everyday materials from the home with no special materials required.
BALTIC made expanded online versions of its exhibitions (Abel Rodríguez, Imran Peretta, Judy Chicago and Animalesque) available with expanded imagery, video views and supporting podcasts. These continue to be available at www.balticplus.uk