BALTIC 39 is a vibrant community of practising artists, academics and researchers 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 the Project Space – a stunning top-floor gallery, 33 artists’ studios and the BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art.

BALTIC 39 is also the studio base for Northumbria University’s Warwick Stafford and Woon Fellows, the winners of two generous annual prizes aimed at early and mid-career practitioners in Fine Art.

Events at BALTIC 39 enable further engagement with and discussion around artists’ practice and research. This includes performance ranging from the BxNU Respond series, open studios during The Late Shows and associated programme for the annual BALTIC 39 FIGURE series, an open submission exhibition curated by BALTIC and resulting in ten exhibitions running over five weeks.

NewBridge Books, the only independent art bookshop in the North East, is located in BALTIC 39’s shop front. NewBridge Books at BALTIC 39 is a new collaboration between The NewBridge Project and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

Opening Times

BALTIC 39 Reception & NewBridge Books
12.00-17.30 Wed-Sun

Project Space
12.00-17.30 Wed-Sun

Now open: We Are Where We Are

Great Exhibition of the North

We Are Where We Are showcases new and existing works by Liverpool Biennial Associate Artists as part of Great Exhibition of the North. The show and programme are the culmination of a three-year initiative by Liverpool Biennial, in partnership with Independent Curators International, New York and CACTUS, Liverpool, open until 21 October 2018.

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Heritage Open Days at BALTIC 39

BALTIC 39 Building & History Tours
6-9 Sep & 13-16 Sep 11.15-12.00
FREE, booking essential

BALTIC 39 is a vibrant community of practising artists, academics and researchers located in a historic building on High Bridge in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. Come find out more about the site and its history on this special tour, led by a member of BALTIC Crew. All tours are free and last approximately 45 mins.

Tours will take place on the following dates, and can be booked for individuals and groups of up to 12 people:

Thu 6 Sep 11.15
Fri 7 Sep 11.15
Sat 8 Sep 11.15
Sun 9 Sep 11.15

Thu 13 Sep 11.15
Fri 14 Sep 11.15
Sat 15 Sep 11.15
Sun 16 Sep 11.15

Book by e-mail: infob39@balticmill.com or call 0191 261 3830

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.

Gethin Wyn Jones, BxNU MFA Graduate

BALTIC 39 Studios

BALTIC's project space at BALTIC 39

Peer to Peer workshop with BxNU MFA students


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.

Getting to BALTIC 39

31-39 High Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EW
0191 261 3830

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.

Meeting Room Hire

The meeting room at BALTIC 39 is located on the ground floor of the building and has a capacity of 20. It is available to hire between 10.00-18.00 daily, including weekends. BALTIC 39 and the meeting room are fully accessible.

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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.