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Idea of North

BALTIC, Newcastle


The exhibition presents a series of displays and projects that play with the convention of the ‘expo’ exhibition. Purposely built pavilions and architectural constructions are guest-curated to explore and connect the past with the future, reflecting on stories of proud northern identity. Addressing a sense of community, place and collective belonging, the exhibition makes connections between historical moments and individual stories. The exhibition draws inspiration from literature and in particular Peter Davidson’s book The Idea of North (2005), serving as BALTIC’s response to this summer’s ‘Great Exhibition of the North’. Find out more about the ‘Idea of North ’ exhibition from the BALTIC’s website. 

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Whitley Bay, June ’89 (1989), Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen. © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen; Courtesy Amber/L. Parker Stephenson

The Station, Gateshead (1985), Chris Killip. Courtesy Chris Killip

Untitled, from the series In Newcastle for Fantastic Man magazine #25 (2015), Kuba Ryniewicz. Courtesy BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Byker Revisited, Gnana & Kavi, 2003 (2003), Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen; Courtesy Amber/L. Parker Stephenson

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