BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

The so called ‘Bilbao effect’ has been extensively covered in academic writing and by journalists. This essay – a sample of a longer piece – instead explores the building’s historic significance to the region, and the North East’s need for a new post-industrial identity, as well as examining the method of conversion to determine the success of BALTIC as an act of adaptive reuse and to identify its role in the redevelopment of Tyneside.