The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is such an institution now that it’s almost impossible to think of it not being part of the North East’s cultural landscape; this iconic building and its shows attract visitors from all over the world.
In celebration of 16 years of BALTIC, ‘Then & Now’ is a new exhibition that showcases some of the venue’s 222 exhibitions by 462 artists through film screenings, archive objects and books.
Even before BALTIC opened in 2002, it was home to Tarantantara, a huge fabric structure by renowned sculpture Anish Kapoor that stretched through the entire shell of the building in 1999 before the internal structure of floors and galleries was constructed.
In a relatively short time, BALTIC has hosted some amazing exhibitions, notably in 2011 when it was only the second location outside of London to host the Turner Prize’s shortlist show. In 2003, Anthony Gormley displayed his mass human form sculpture project, ‘Domain Field’, featuring life-size forms of 250 residents of Newcastle and Gateshead which was constructed using welded steel rods.
A personal favourite of mine was an exhibition by Yoshitomo Nara in 2008 – it was an amazing opportunity to see his quirky artworks up close and in the flesh.
‘Then & Now’ runs at BALTIC, Gateshead until Friday 4th January and like most exhibitions, entry is free, although visitors are asked to donate to the upkeep of this iconic building and projects.
For further information, head to Baltic.art.