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.
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.
BALTIC’s Project Space
The creative vision and administration of the top floor of BALTIC 39 is managed by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. BALTIC’s project space offers artists and guest curators creative freedom to experiment and innovate, enabling them to stretch the boundaries of contemporary art practice.
BALTIC’s reputation and recognition for responding to artists’ creative ambitions with the highest levels of technical presentation attracts the most exciting practitioners to BALTIC 39, ensuring that this gallery not only develops a loyal public audience but also quickly gains the attention of the wider visual arts sector
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.