Baltic Gallery & Quayside art, Newcastle upon Tyne
A riverfront industrial building converted into an art gallery, adjoining a landmark bridge. Welcome to the 'Tate Modern of the North', the Baltic.
Both are bold architectural statements specialising in contemporary art and have helped to revitalise a rundown area, accessed by a stunning pedestrian bridge.
But in some ways the Baltic falls short in comparison. The gallery space in the old flour mill is surprisingly small, even tiny on some floors, and the lack of a permanent collection means the changing exhibitions can be hit-and-miss.
You'll also be disappointed by how little you see of the Tyne as the one observation platform is puny and the rooftop restaurant requires advance reservations.
However, you won't soon forget a ride in one of the three glass lifts that overlook the Sage and Tyne bridges.
Admission is free and the shop is excellent. Open daily 10-6 (till 8 on Thursdays).
Many column inches have been given to the former Baltic flour mill in Newcastle(Gateshead actually).
It has been transformed (a la Tate Modern) into a Modern art gallery as part of the regeneration of the dockside on the Tyne.
In terms of architecture it is a towering achievement, with the requiste numbers of brushed aluminium handrails and glass lifts for such a site.
If you have zero interest in modern art, then at least you can use the building (free) as a good vantage point to look out over the Tyne bridges.
If Modern art is your thing - then I'm sure you will make good use of the place. There appears to be no permanent collection - but rather 4 floors of temporary affairs (and they are the best sort)
A 1950's disused flour mill has had a multi-million pound makeover transforming it into this centre for Contemporary Visual Art - the lagrest outside of London. It has a fanatastic position right on the quayside and linked by the Gateshead Millenium Bridge. Several galleries to wander around here if you enjoy contemporary art and for those that don't the roof top restaurant is worth a look for its wonderful views over the quayside and all those bridges. A viewing terrace can be reached by lift - enlarge the pic and you'll see the glass surround at the top of the viewing platform.
Time was short and the weather too nice to be indoors looking at art but the view from the top of the viewing terrace was lovely - seeing all the bridges - and certainly the best view of the "Blinking Bridge" in my opinion.
Go for a walk along the Quayside during the day and take in the wonderful view up and down the river of the famous bridges and the architecture. There are usually market stalls and activities going on down there and there are plenty of palces to stop for a cuppa or a snack or lunch. By night it comes alive with clubs and nightspots - buzzing!
You might want to choose a slightly less damp day than we got!
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This area of Newcastle is undergoing massive investment and transformation, to the tune of some 11 billion Euros over a period of 10 years.
Baltic is a major venue for contemporary art, having no permanent collection, instead presenting an ever changing, often thought provoking, programme of exhibits.
FREE to enter. Check out the award winning restaurant at the top of the Baltic, with fantastic views up the river.
Also shown is the multi-award winning Millennium Bridge with its world first unique tilting design. Known locally as the "blinking eye" for its eye-lid like design and movement, when it opens don't blink, or you might miss it!
Baltic, the former Baltic flour mills, is the Centre for Contemporary Art. There is no permanent exhibition, but so far (it opened in July 2002) many of the installations have been very popular. Perhaps the best well known was Antony Gormley's Domain Field, constructed on site by taking moulds of local volunteers, with visitors allowed to watch the sculptures being created from a viewing gallery. Strictly speaking it is in Gateshead but it's a short walk over the new Millennium Bridge from the Newcastle Quayside.
Even if there isn't anything on show that you fancy, it's worth going for a look as it is a dramatic part of the skyline in its own right, it is free to enter and there are great views of Newcastle from level 5. Even better are the views from the rooftop restaurant but a reservation is recommended if you want to eat there (I also recommend the food, but the menu, like the exhibitions, varies).
After the Tate Modern in London, this the biggest modern art exhibition centre in England. It is in a refurbished flower mill on the river Tyne. It hosts many interesting installations, which rotate quite often. It is not only a pace to exhibit but also a place to create art. In fact it is like a big art factory. The entrance is free and once you get to the top you can also admire several famous bridges and a panorama of Newcastle/Gateshead.
At Quayside close to Millennium bridge there are many fancy sculptures and modern bars and buildings. There even were some little areas where you could eat and drink outside - something which unfortunately isn't very common in England. A nice place for a walk!
The old Baltic Flour Mill in Gateshead (=South bank of river Tyne) was turned into an art museum not too long ago.
It's free (as usual in England! Love it), it's huge and it's a great museum with changing exhibitions.
There's a public viewing terrace with great views of the river and nice reflection of the bridges in the windows.
There are five funny signs outside the BALTIC. As I love sign I had to take pictures of each of them of course. They are in a travelogue on this page.
Don't ask me why they are there, I guess it's some art project. I just loved them :)
This area has overcome amazing work on it and is a favourite place for me to go now. The millenium bridge also know as the millenium eye because of its tilting rotation to let boats to tall to pass over by closing in like an eye (discription not very good!) The Baltic arts centre has just been opened and used to be a flour mill but is now home to contemporay arts it is just great to look at and when you are inside (free admission) the view from the very top is astounding as you can see most of newcastle from it. There is a number of high class night clubs there with very high prices for beer and alchol sometimes you will find newcastle united players there! Also a new development is underway for a hugh music centre.
A coverted flour warehouse that has been converted into a museam of comtempory art. Free to get in and reasonably interesting