The Baltic Mills was a disused flour silo sited on the south bank of the river Tyne, Gateshead. Its historic structure was earmarked by the Authority for regeneration and after winning a design competition; Ellis Williams Architects worked closely with the gallery organisation to develop a vertical stack concept and lead a carefully chosen technical team in the successful conversion to create a new contemporary art gallery.
The gallery spaces were designed specifically to support a varied programme of contemporary art media and all exhibition spaces can be easily reconfigured for exhibitions, supported by a super large service lift. These gallery and exhibition spaces are complimented by a film production lab, resident artist studios, education workspaces and a rooftop restaurant providing panoramic river and city views. There are also a series of acoustically treated spaces for cinema and performance works which are integral to BALTIC’s display and education programme.
Receiving many awards and welcoming over a million visitors in its first year, BALTIC has continued to provide a rich programme of contemporary art, learning and social engagement in Gateshead and the North East.
The BALTIC hosted both the RIBA Stirling Prize & The Turner Prize.
20 Years in 20 Minutes: The Legacy of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art