BALTIC 39 is a vibrant community of practising artists located on High Bridge in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne.
This publicly accessible, cultural hub for contemporary art practice and research opened in April 2012 as a unique collaborative venture between Newcastle City Council, Arts Council England, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University.
The former Ward’s printing warehouse and distinctive Grade II listed building at 39 High Bridge Street is home to BALTIC’s project space – a stunning top-floor gallery, 33 artists’ studios and the BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art.
The vibrant studio culture of postgraduate research at the BxNU Institute includes MFA, MRes and MA Art and Education students as well as a large cohort of practice-based Fine Art PhD researchers.
In addition to specialist seminars and research training all those working at BALTIC 39 have the opportunity to participate in the weekly Midweek Postgraduate Conversation in the Talk Studio led by Professor Chris Dorsett; the momentum and content of these conversations are tailored to the experimental open nature of the studio environment and driven by students’ own investigative processes.
A painting and sculpture prize open to all UK final year Fine Art undergraduates. Call for entries opens 1 February and closes 31 March. First Prize £20,000 + studio space | Second £9k | Third £6k | Discretionary Prize £5k
20 January – 21 February 2016
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is delighted to announce BALTIC 39 | FIGURE THREE, an open submission exhibition to be held at BALTIC 39. The exhibition is an opportunity for artists working across all media to test works and ideas, or to develop works in progress within a public context.
3 – 7 February 2016
Daniel Clark will present new works in progress which explore the propulsion and phonation of sound cavities within BALTIC 39. Continuing a recent series of phonographic etchings, Clark will work with large found objects to examine the invisible physical phenomena that can result from the movement of pressure between two points, such as gusts of wind, tremors in the ground and speech sounds.
Tanya Axford, Catherine Bertola, Cath Campbell, Jo Coupe, Jennifer Douglas
Over the last two years these five artists have been meeting to discuss the critical development of individual works. Object Relations is a series of conversations in the gallery, focused around an exhibition of work completed over the duration of the show. For five days BALTIC 39 will become an informal studio setting into which the artists will bring a collection of recent, un-shown or in progress works and will collectively install and curate their show through a process of discussion, observation, shared dialogue and making.
Object Relations is series of conversations in the gallery, focused around an exhibition of work that is completed over the duration of the show. For 5 days, Baltic 39 will become an informal studio setting into which artists Tanya Axford, Catherine Bertola, Cath Campbell, Jo Coupe and Jennifer Douglas bring a collection of recent, un-shown or in-progress works. Each day the group will collectively make, install and curate their show through a process of discussion, observation, shared dialogue and making. This activity is punctuated by a series of meals in the gallery, where curators, other artists and writers are invited to contribute to the dialogue around the individual works and developing exhibition. Through this process, the space between the works, where the conversations occur, becomes as important as the objects themselves.
Getting to BALTIC 39
31-39 High Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EW
0191 261 3830
Open Wednesday-Sunday 12.00-18.00,
Thursday 12.00-20.00 during exhibitions.
The Quaylink bus service stops close by on Grey Street.
Car parking is situated a five-minute walk away in the multi-storey car park on Dean Street.
By foot, it takes roughly 20 minutes to walk from BALTIC to BALTIC 39.
BALTIC 39 is home to 32 studios, of which Newcastle City Council provide 25 quality, affordable, non-residential workspaces. These studios help support practitioners within the contemporary art and creative industries to grow, develop and sustain their practices.
Landlord Newcastle City Council acts as licensor to all occupants and is responsible for building management. Newcastle City Council aims to maintain a mixed balance of studio holders at various stages of their practice and incorporate a mixture of art forms, media and creative practices.
BALTIC 39 was created from an existing six story warehouse building built in 1905. The structure of the building was largely preserved, with the introduction of three modern interventions, although the building has been designed to retain its original industrial feel.
The architectural concept for the building was created by Austrian Architects, Jabornegg & Palffy, with detailed design by the Newcastle office of Atkins Global. The Structural Engineer was White Young Green. Newcastle City Council provided the Mechanical and Electrical design and the overall Project Management was undertaken by JPM Consultants. The main contractor was Rok Building Ltd.
BALTIC 39 is supported by Newcastle City Council and Arts Council England in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University.
The redevelopment project of 39 High Bridge was funded by: European Regional Development Fund, Arts Council England, Tyne and Wear Partnership via Single Programme Funding from ONE North East, Northern Rock Foundation, The Sir James Knott Trust, The Barbour Trust, Newcastle City Council.