Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Newcastle) Reviews
Description:The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is an arts centre located on the South Bank of the River Tyne close to the ... more
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Newcastle) ... Gateshead Millennium Bridge, in Gateshead in the north-east of England. Dominic Williams of Ellis Williams Architects won an architectural competition in the mid 1990s to convert the redundant 1950s flour mill into an arts centre at a cost of £46 million. BALTIC, which opened in 2002, is now recognised as a major new centre for international contemporary art. / BALTIC has attracted frequent controversy and criticism for its management since before its opening. The project was awarded £32 million from the Arts Council of England's Lottery programme with a variation to the then rules of the award programme that a portion of this would be used for running costs though at the time the Arts Council was insisting publicly that new lottery funded capital projects such as BALTIC would not require an increased demand from the taxpayer for revenue funding and would pay their own way. In 1996 the Swede Sune Nordgren was appointed as Director even though he had no prior experience of managing a new building project of this scale. Nordgren's first action was to dismiss most of the team that had been responsible for securing the main funding awards to make BALTIC possible. Prior to the opening of the building Nordgren launched a costly pre-programme of publications and events — most controversially a launch for BALTIC in Venice reputed to cost £150,000. A Deputy Director was appointed in 2001 to attempt to place better financial controls but left after less than a year. In June 2002 BALTIC opened almost a year later than scheduled but with many parts of the building poorly finished.
Newest Review: ... with yellow brick features on its corners and along the top. On the Tyne facing side the words 'Baltic Flour Mill' are picked out in black tiles against a band of yellow brick. On the other side the words 'Joseph Rank Limited' face away from the river. On the Sage end of the building, most of the central panel of the building is glass, allowing amazing views over the Sage and the Tyne and ... more
Customer Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Newcastle) Reviews (5)
by - written on 30/08/12 (Very useful, 126 readings)
~And was Jerusalem builded here, among these dark Satanic mills?~ If you love architecture then it's hard to find a city in the UK that doesn't have something to offer. It's easy to be impressed by grand civic or religious buildings, designed and constructed as monuments to the success and importance of local big wigs or as testimony to the faith and love of whichever particular religion their builders (or rather their funders) followed. But architecture is not only about the great buildings, the ones that were always intended to stand the test of time and be considered great beauties. What about those buildings whose aim was nothing more than functionality? ... Read the complete review
by - written on 29/11/09 (Very useful, 40 readings)
I have lived in the North East for almost 5 years, and have been meaning to go to the Baltic since I moved here. Finally, at the end of October 2009 I visited, along with my 8 year old niece. I had been asked to babysit her, and had searched online for things that were happening locally. I saw that the Baltic were doing free pumpkin carving so decided that we would give it a go. We travelled via the Metro, and got off at Central Station. I had been told that it's about the same distance beween that stop and Gateshead, but thought that the walk alongside the river Tyne would be more interesting. Although I printed off directions and a map we did get a little lost on our .. Read the complete review
by - written on 23/05/09 (Useful, 26 readings)
The Baltic is an old flour mill which was converted a few years back into a contemporary art gallery. When this happened it was quite a big thing, which meant that the gallery received a large amount of funding which has allowed them to offer free entry since it opened. Their exhibitions are all temporary and generally last around about three months. Depending on how often you want to visit this can either be good or bad. If you are an arty person who enjoys galleries then this could be annoying since you will see the same things if you go often. On the other hand, you will never miss an exhibition if you don't want to. The exhibition spaces are very ... Read the complete review
by - written on 06/08/05 (Very useful, 176 readings)
Once majestic, the proudly-functional Baltic flour Mill, –hammered into the barren Gateshead quays- gave, in its bold singularity, an exclamatory testament to the fatal optimism of an industrial past. The deeply black and eponymously-borne font reinforced this sense of a confidence ebbing slowly away. Yet for all this it had a sense of beauty. The time-softened hues, viewed by eyes swaying in the nostalgic redolence of tab-smoke and beer, seemingly melding into the orange sky of a summer evening. An iconic and beautiful monolith, then. All the more reason for tears at the grotesque parliament of high-rise executive blocks that now crowd behind it. Gone the sky ... Read the complete review
by - written on 12/08/03, updated on 12/08/03 (Very useful, 610 readings)
Gateshead lies on the south bank of the Tyne and until recently was probably considered the poor relation of Newcastle. However, the town has suddenly been thrust on the map by projects such as the stunning Gateshead Millennium Bridge - fondly referred to as 'the blinking eye'- a pedestrian and cyclist bridge that links Gateshead Quays with Newcastle Quayside, closely followed by the opening of the Baltic art gallery. The Baltic Centre, which is housed in a 1950's grain warehouse (part of the Baltic Flour Mills) opened in July 2002 and it is a major international centre for the production, presentation and experience of contemporary art; it has been ... Read the complete review
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