Artwork from BALTIC arrives at Byker Metro station

The BALTIC Open Submission works on display at Byker Metro station in east Newcastle
24 June 2021

Byker Metro station - which has become renowned as a space for public art - is playing host to an eye-catching montage of work from BALTIC.

Byker is the latest location on the Metro network to feature artwork from BALTIC’s Open Submission exhibit.

A montage of reproductions from Open Submission are on display in the concourse at Byker Metro station, in Newcastle.

Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Byker has become a great location for public art over the years, and I’m delighted that is continuing with the Open Submission works from BALTIC going on display there.

“As more passengers start to return to bus and Metro services so more and more will be able to see these art works every single day.

“We have an extensive art on transport programme, with a wide and varied range of works displayed in permanent and temporary installations.

“I’m really pleased we have been able to carry that on through this project as we start to emerge from lockdown and I hope that people like the displays.”

Byker Metro station has paid host to a wide range of work since 2005, including internationally-famous urban artists, community projects and photo exhibits by Metro passengers.

Thirteen different pieces of art from Open Submission went up at stations on the Tyne and Wear Metro network in March. These include Bede, Cullercoats, Hebburn, Wallsend, Gateshead and West Jesmond.

Each year, BALTIC usually welcomes 450,000 visitors but has had to remain closed since early November, and was only able to re-open on May 19 this year.

Last summer BALTIC put out a call for artists of all types and ability to submit works for an Open Submission exhibition. From 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. 

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

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 at

To find out more about art on transport go to


BALTIC's Open Submission on display at Byker Metro station concourse

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