16th - 17th July

BALTIC is turning 20! Since July 2002 BALTIC has welcomed 8.8 million visitors and presented hundreds of exhibitions, artists and events. Join them on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July for a weekend of special events to celebrate our 20th Birthday.

The events are free and open between 10am and 6pm each day.

BALTIC's twice yearly Family Days will also be joining the celebration with activities taking inspiration from BALTIC's building history as a working flour mill.

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July

  • Level 5: Experience stunning views from the Viewing Box.

  • Level 4: Join a Kittiwake Tour on the Viewing Terrace at 1.30pm, and explore exhibition Carolina Caycedo: Land of Friends.

  • Level 3: Drop into The Vasseur BALTIC Artists' Award and on Saturday 16 July 2.30pm you can experience and interact with products from local makers.

  • Level 2 Gallery: Experience Mounira al Solh: A day is as long as a year, and enjoy relaxed, family friendly story sessions.

  • Level 2 Library: On Saturday 16 July 12-4pm, explore your feelings, memories and connections to food in a drop-in zine workshop with designer and artist Holly Eliza Temple. Using archival material and vintage recipe books, you can collage, draw and bind your own personal zine about what food means to you, and be a part of a collaborative outcome to be archived at BALTIC.

  • Level 2: Have fun in Learning Lounge, with games, toys, books and creative activities. Experience workshops by artists Mani Kambo and Sue Loughlin, and chill out in our Sensory Room, a quiet space with sensory toys, projections and lights.

  • Level 1: To mark the close of their six-month long residency, Undutiful Spirit – a collaboration between artists Rosie Morris and Harriet Sutcliffe and curator Gayle Meikle – will create a gathering space to share their findings from their residency in BALTIC Archive. They welcome visitors to listen, look, play, make and join in conversation.

  • Level 1: Drop into our cinema and re-discover some BALTIC memories from the last 20 years.

  • Ground Floor Gallery: Get active, play and imagine in the interactive exhibition, Albert Potrony: equal play. This exhibition may be busy, please listen to Crew for advice.

  • Front Room: Enjoy a free hot drink or squash, with snacks in Front Room on the Ground Floor.

  • Car Park: Discover local art and support local artists in BALTIC's first Art Car Boot Sale.

  • Behind BALTIC: Visit the mobile exhibition What's for Tea? on its last stop and on Sunday 17 July at 2.30pm join artist Julia Heslop for a talk and pancakes.

  • Outside: Explore the NewcastleGateshead Quayside and local history as BALTIC Crew take you on a relaxed Quayside Tour.

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