BALTIC, the Centre for Contemporary Art

Developed by Ellis Williams Architects, BALTIC is a landmark cultural centre that has helped transform Tyneside


In 1994 Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council took the visionary decision to develop the run down area of the south bank of the River Tyne with some high-profile cultural buildings.

The Baltic Flour Mills once played a prime role in the working life of the Tyne. Although it ceased working many years ago it has stood empty ever since. Its dramatic structural qualities have made it a landmark on the riverside and its conversion to an art gallery has once again given it an active place in the life of the Tyne.

An open design competition attracted over 140 of the country's leading architectural practices. Five schemes were shortlisted and developed their design ideas. Dominic Williams of Ellis Williams Architects was announced as the overall winner.

The building, officially opened on 13 July 2002, forms part of the city's new cultural quarter, Gateshead Quays and is the largest visual arts centre outside London.


RIBA Award 2003

Civic Trust Award 2004

Blueprint Architectural Award 2002


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