New artwork showcasing an exhibition at BALTIC has gone on display at Gateshead transport interchange.
And it is just the ticket for the many bus and Metro passengers who use the facility every day as lockdown eases, brightening up walls that were previously blank with thought provoking pieces of modern art.
Five new artworks from BALTIC’s Open Submission exhibit, which opened on May 19, are on show inside the bus concourse at Gateshead interchange.
It follows the display of 13 different pieces of art from Open Submission which went up at stations on the Tyne and Wear Metro network in March. These include Bede, Byker, Cullercoats, Hebburn, Wallsend and West Jesmond.
Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “It’s great that we have been able to get more art works from BALTIC Open Submission out on to the local public transport network. Gateshead Interchange is a great space to display art.
“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.”
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 www.baltic.art/openout