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.

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.

Woon Foundation Prize 2016

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


BALTIC’s project space


10 exhibitions, 5 weeks, 1 venue

Wed – Sun, 12.00-18.00 / Thu 12.00-20.00

BALTIC 39 | FIGURE THREE is an open submission exhibition and is an opportunity for artists working across all media to test works and ideas, or to develop works in progress within a public context.

Week Four
10 – 14 February 2016

Martin Callanan
Each and Every Command

Cath Campbell
My mum was a beatnick/Canary yellow with royal blue

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.

Gethin Wyn Jones, BxNU MFA Graduate

BALTIC 39 Studios

BALTIC's project space at 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.

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.