Skip to main content
Last Week
Level 4

Hew Locke The Procession

18 February – 11 June 2023
Baltic+ What to Expect

A procession is part and parcel of the cycle of life; people gather and move together to celebrate, worship, protest, mourn, escape or even to better themselves. Commissioned by Tate and originally presented in Tate Britain.

Hew Locke The Procession 2023
Hew Locke: The Procession, installation view at Baltic, Gateshead. Photo: John McKenzie © 2023 Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

The Procession invites visitors to ‘reflect on the cycles of history, and the ebb and flow of cultures, people and finance and power.’ In the installation Locke says he ‘makes links with the historical after-effects of the sugar business, and revisits his artistic journey so far, including for example work with statues, share certificates, cardboard, rising sea levels, Carnival and the military.

Throughout, visitors will see figures who travel through space and time. Here, they carry historical and cultural baggage, from evidence of global financial and violent colonial control embellished on their clothes and banners, alongside powerful images of some of the disappearing colonial architecture of Locke’s childhood in Guyana.

The installation takes inspiration from real events and histories but overall, the figures invite us to walk alongside them, into an enlarged vision of an imagined future.

Initiated and produced by Tate and curated by Elena Crippa, Senior Curator, Modern and Contemporary British Art and Clarrie Wallis, former Senior Curator, Contemporary British Art with Bilal Akkouche, Assistant Curator, Contemporary British Art, Hannah Marsh, Curatorial Assistant and Dana Moreno, Curatorial Administrator

Exhibition at Baltic supported by  
Henry Moore Foundation

Artist with procession of figures behind

Baltic Bites | Hew Locke: The Procession

Play Video
Crew member Sophie with Hew Locke Procession behind

Baltic Spotlight: Hew Locke

Play Video

Exhibition Accessibility

  • Our friendly and knowledgeable Baltic Crew team can interpret the artworks and help bring meaning and understanding to the exhibition. 
  • Folding seats – ask Baltic Crew or pick up a stool from the racks.
  • Free exhibition tours - chat to Baltic Crew to find out when the next tour takes place.
  • For our full building accessibility and facilities information visit here

Exhibition Guide

Download PDF (3.8 MB)

Exhibition Guide - Large Print

Download DOCX (26 KB)
Exhibition entrance

Find out what to expect when visiting Hew Locke: The Procession, with this Visual Story - a guide with words and pictures, sometimes called a Social Narrative.

What to Expect

You might like