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BALTIC Announces 2021 Programme

In the wake of one of the most challenging and formative years for the world at large, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art are pleased to look to the future with its exhibition and events programme. Exhibitions of work by Lithuanian artist duo Pakui Hardware, and the BALTIC Open Submission showcasing over 150 works created by both professional and amateur artists from across the North East during the lockdown of spring 2020, will both open in early 2021.

BALTIC will also launch the podcast mini-series For All I Care on 25 November 2020, created in partnership with Wellcome Collection. The podcast, hosted by artist Nwando Ebizie, explores the urgency and beauty of care and healing over 5 monthly-episodes featuring contributions from the worlds of contemporary art, science and healthcare.

In 2021, BALTIC will present highlight-exhibitions including a major survey of one of the founders of the Black Arts Movement in the UK, Sutapa Biswas; an exploration of gender politics by Ad Minoliti, a solo exhibition by Lebanese artist Mounira Al Solh; an interactive exploration of play by Albert Potrony; a documentary series on the lesbian community in San Francisco in the ‘90s by photographer Phyllis Christopher; and the 2021 BALTIC Artist’s Award. The BALTIC Live programme will also see the performance of Zinzi Minnot’s Black on Black 24R which was delayed from 2020 – a new durational performance that creates a physical archive of Black bodies in dance.

BALTIC’s programme is conceived and developed around the central idea of Participative Democracy – empowering audiences to develop critical thinking and engagement through art. Over the next year, BALTIC’s exhibitions, public programme, learning and civic programmes will explore themes that are relevant and urgent to the complexities of life around us right now.

Public Programme

Wellcome x BALTIC Podcast series: For All I Care
5 episodes, launching 25 November 2020

See full Public Programme details

Exhibitions 2021

Pakui Hardware
6 January 2021 – 18 April 2021

BALTIC Open Submission
6 January 2021 – 6 June 2021

Ad Minoliti
1 April 2021 – 13 March 2022

Sutapa Biswas: Lumen
8 May – 31 October 2021

Phyllis Christopher: Contacts
8 May – 31 October 2021

Albert Potrony: EQUAL PLAY
26 June 2021 – 5 June 2022

BALTIC Artists' Award 2021
20 November 2021 – 24 April 2022

Mounira Al Solh
20 November 2021 – 24 April 2022

BALTIC Live 2021

Julie Cleves & Robbie Synge: To Earth
Presented with the CONTINUOUS Network
Spring 2020
Series of performances and workshops

Gateshead International Festival of Theatre (GIFT) 2021
May 2021

Janine Harrington: satelliser: a dance for the gallery
Presented with the CONTINUOUS Network
May 2021
Durational performance

Zinzi Minott: Black on Black: 24R
June 2021
Performance & Installation
Trailer available here

Curious Arts Festival
July 2021

CONTINUOUS x Unlimited Commission
Autumn 2021