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.
NewBridge Books has taken over the shop front of BALTIC 39, opening its doors again after moving out of its premises on New Bridge St West.
NewBridge Books stocks a unique selection of artists’ books, prints, zines, writings and design magazines from independent and self-publishers, as well as selection by North East artists.
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BxNU Master of Fine Art
The BxNU Master of Fine Art is a unique postgraduate course delivered by Northumbria University in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.
Embedded within the vibrant studio culture of BALTIC 39, the course offers opportunities for participation in BALTIC artists talks and BxNU research activities as well as student-led initiatives. two-year course is taught by an internationally renowned team of curators, researchers, artists and academics and culminates in a public exhibition in the Project Space at BALTIC 39.
Vice-Chancellor Scholarships available for UK applicants.
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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 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.
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.