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“Great views - out the windows” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA, England
+44 191 478 1810
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Ranked #2 of 5 Shopping in Gateshead
Type: Art Galleries, Historic Sites, Shopping
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Owner description: Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC presents an ever-changing calendar of dynamic, diverse & international contemporary visual art exhibitions and events. Also houses BALTIC SHOP, a cafe/bar. Library & Archive and Six rooftop restaurant.
Dronfield, United Kingdom
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“Great views - out the windows”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

There's a box on the way in asking for a voluntary £5 donation, my advice is don't make your donation until you're leaving because otherwise you'll want your money back. If you're in the vicinity it is worth going for the views though, especially if it coincides with the Millenium Bridge is tilting (I think it happens once a day) as it's the best place to view it from, but the exhibitions when we were there were dismal.

Visited March 2014
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“Only one gallery open”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

It's just as well the suggested £5 donation is voluntary as we certainly wouldn't have got our money's worth here. All but one gallery were closed for rehanging and we didn't think much what we saw (Simon Bill's oval paintings). The staff were all very welcoming and helpful.

Having said that, the building is great and the view from the top is incredible. The shop is excellent - interesting selection of products in every range.

Visited March 2014
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“Some might call it art...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

A beautiful building overlooking the river Tyne just by the side of the Millennium bridge. We saw two exhibitions, one was a montage of 3 videos played in a dark room. Can't remember the artists name but we enjoyed the work. Another one I found hard to appreciate, (not being an artist or connected to the arts world, i,e, just an ordinary member of the public) a small pile of nuts, (ironmongery, not the grows on trees variety) and, separately, 2 screws tip to tip glued to make them stand on end. Hmmm, maybe I'm a bit thick?
What I did enjoy were the views from the platform on level 4 and the glass of wine in the bar on level 6, again overlooking the river and Newcastle beyond just as the sun was beginning to set, now that I DO call art, spectacular.
Obviously the exhibitions change regularly, it's probably pot luck as to what you get and if you like it, art is very subjective after all.
There is also a very nice gift shop on the ground floor

Visited March 2014
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“Always an education”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

It may not look like art but its always interesting and generally there is more than one display
The top floor restaurant is great for lunch

Visited February 2014
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“Great view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

An amazing building with lots of history. The art exhibitions are always interesting if sometimes a bit unusual . Certainly well worth going to. The view from the top is lovely.

Visited October 2013
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