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“Disappointing”

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Ranked #8 of 43 things to do in Gateshead
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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.
Reviewed March 4, 2013

Made a trip from York with eager anticipation after we had heard so much about the Baltic but we were really disappointed. Three floors out of five floors were closed. David Jablonowski's exhibition claimed "to investigate the history and potential of communication in visual art". This comprised some large slabs of stone, a printing press, some bits of film etc - and for me lacked any aesthetic to pull these items together - in fact it was so uninspiring and unable to connect with people that the gallery had recourse to some enthusiastic workers doing their best to explain it to visitors. The other gallery had some paintings by Maciejowski whose paintings "deliberately abandon traditional subject matter... to examine its role in todays cultural world" - not really much of an eyeopener this either, neither experimental, innovative or particularly painterly or exquisite. The most lively bit of the whole place was the children's learning floor - lots of kids doing colourfu lcreatve things and having fun - a contrast tot the gloomy taciturn faces of the adults going through the motions of walking round trying to appreciate so-called serious art in the other galleries. The best bit of the Baltic was the view over the Tyne with a coffee from the viewing box on level six.

Thank Jean M
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

My daughter and husband held there wedding day daytime reception and nightime party at the Baltic and were both superb events that helped make there wedding day a truely wonderful and memorable day.

Thank bill d
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Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

From the first sight of the Baltic I couldnt help but be impressed.A perfect example of how an old building can be enhanced by the addition of modern extensions done properly .
It was a cold & windy day so in need of a coffee we took the glass lift up to the 6th floor Resteraunt .The Resteraunt is simple & elegant , we opted for the smaller section & got an table right at the window with stunning views over the city . The coffee was excellent & reasonably priced .
We then walked down to the 5th floor which has a fantastic viewing box & you can look down into hall 5 .
We continued through each floor via the stairs & all the exhibitions were well done .
Ending at the gift shop we found a good selection of things to buy , no tacky rubbish .we found all the staff very friendly & helpful . To top it all off it's free , will definatly go back

Thank Markb156
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

The Baltic Flour Mill is now a gallery for contemporary arts. Whether you like it or not depends upon your view of modern art. It is a huge and impressive building in the Art Deco style on the Gateshead side of the river Tyne, near the Sage Concert Hall and next to the new Millennium foot bridge. The exhibits change throughout the year but basically you have a series of huge rooms with a few small items in the; thereby a waste of space. There are lifts, toilets, disabled access, a cafe and a top floor restaurant. The restaurant has amazing views of the river, Newcastle and Gateshead but you usually need to book and the views are reflected in the price of eating there. The centre itself is free and there is a free outside viewing platform offering the same views of the river but this is quite small and can only fit a few people at a time. Overall, it is worth a look if you are exploring the area and the restaurant is good for a special occasion.

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Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

We went to this building as it has a viewing deck 5 floors up where you can see amazing views of the bridges. Did not disappoint. Got done excellent photos.

Thank Tandemania
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