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CELEBRATING LOCAL ART: Baltic flies the flag for local artists by placing their artwork images outdoors across Newcastle Gateshead

CELEBRATING LOCAL ART: Baltic flies the flag for local artists by placing their artwork images outdoors across Newcastle Gateshead

IMAGE: Stephen Wood, Self-Portrait

'BALTIC Open Out' sees 43 images of artworks from regional artists distributed across outdoor areas and travel networks in Newcastle Gateshead.

These works are a taster of 158 works that form part of BALTIC’s forthcoming exhibition BALTIC Open Submission that is ready to be seen as soon as BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead re-opens.

Each year, BALTIC usually welcomes 450,000 visitors but has had to remain closed since early November with the ongoing lockdown. Last summer BALTIC put out a call for artists of all types and ability to submit works for an Open Submission exhibition.

From over 500 entries, 158 works were selected for a group show celebrating the art made by the people of the region. The works are by artists who have been making throughout their lifetime, to those just beginning; those who have studied fine art, to self-taught creatives.

BALTIC is looking forward to sharing this exhibition with the public when it re-opens from Wednesday 19 May 2021.

In the meantime BALTIC is taking a selection of reproductions of these striking artworks out into the streets and outdoor areas in Newcastle Gateshead to be seen on everyday routes, daily commutes and local walks from Monday 29 March onwards.

43 different artwork images will be seen across various locations including Metro train windows, rears of buses, Bus stop shelters in Birtley and digital billboard screens on the approach to the Tyne Bridge and in Newcastle city centre, and in Sunderland.

In an exciting partnership with Nexus, work by thirteen different artists from the Open Submission exhibition will be seen on Metro Station platforms at Bede, Cullercoats, Hebburn, Wallsend and West Jesmond and will remain in place right through the summer.

On the Quayside, BALTIC’s home location, a new work can now be seen by one of the three judges who made the final selections from the positive public submissions. Lady Kitt’s new work entitled Open. Bloom. Flourish. Nourish. will be seen flying proudly on a flag from a flagpole on top of BALTIC’s building, created in partnership with Harrison Flagpoles. The artwork on the flag is inspired by Lady Kitt’s collaboration with deaf performer Colly Metcalf. Three pairs of hands made of brown, 3D sculpted paper create 3 stages of the BSL sign for “Bloom”.

 With #BalticOpenOut, BALTIC wants to inspire and reconnect its audiences it has missed dearly during lockdown and whilst celebrating the creativity, resilience and artwork of people based in the North East. As lockdowns has begun easing BALTIC encourages people to look out for the works in their local areas and take photos to share with others using the hashtag #BalticOpenOut on social media or sending in messages to friends and family.

BALTIC also invites everyone to continue creating their own art at home and share what they have been creating at home during lockdown using the same hashtag #BalticOpenOut. BALTIC plans to then share these art creations with others online and in its building in the coming months.

Sarah Munro, BALTIC Director said: “Placing these artworks out into Newcastle Gateshead brings with it a great sense of pride we can share the talent and creativity of the region. We can't wait to share this exhibition with the public when BALTIC Gateshead re-opens in May. Right now people can see a selection of these wonderful works on buses, on digital billboards and in Metro station platforms and a flag flying from BALTIC.

"Collaborating with Nexus has enabled BALTIC to really amplify the reach of these artworks. Work by 13 different artists will be seen across the Bede, Hebburn, Wallsend, Cullercoats and West Jesmond Metro station platforms across the summer right into early autumn.

"We also ensured we placed artworks in Birtley to inspire and reach the local communities from Birtley that we regularly connect with throughout the year providing activity packs and food parcels in each school half term when holiday hunger becomes a real issue for those in receipt of free school meals”


For those who are able to get online, all 158 artworks can also be seen in BALTIC’s 3D virtual tour of the full exhibition, available: HERE!

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