BALTIC CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
PLACEText: Sayaka Hirakawa
Newcastle upon Tyne, usually shortened to Newcastle, is the largest city in North-East England. The night view around the Tyne river always attracts tourists, even the Londoners who are usually happy with Thames. The Gateshead Millennium Bridge spans the River between Gateshead on the south bank, and Newcastle upon Tyne on the north. The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art is located at the foot of the bridge.
Baltic started in 2002, converted from a 1950s flour mill. It doesn’t have a permanent exhibition but always has remarkable, novel and energetic exhibitions. The 6 floors of the exhibition spaces are worth visiting as long as the best view of the Tyne River from the balcony of the top floor.
The second floor is the learning & activity space with the library illustrated by the artist Yoshitomo Nara and kids size designer furniture. This is such a children friendly space. Even if you are a grown up, this place takes you back your childhood and you cannot help but enjoy the learning toys and books.
Baltic has been gained international attention with exhibitions like “Spike the Monkey”, introducing graffiti artist Banksy, graphic artist Takashi Murakami, “Candice Breits” and a video installation featuring international John Lennon Fans, singing his first solo album, unsupported by the music, in its entirety.
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