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North East artists invited to submit entries for Baltic 39 exhibition

Artists are invited to submit entries for this year's open submissions exhibition at Baltic 39

Ben Sansbury
Ben Sansbury

Last autumn Baltic mounted 11 exhibitions of largely experimental work at its Baltic 39 offshoot in Newcastle’s High Bridge. The series was called Baltic 39/Figure One.

It was deemed to be a success so the call has gone out for more artists to contribute to – you’ve guessed it – Baltic 39/Figure Two.

It is billed as an opportunity for artists to test works and ideas or to develop works in progress within a public context.

This time there will be 10 projects by 10 artists. Each successful artist will be assigned one of the two gallery spaces at Baltic 39 and the five-day exhibitions will run – in succession, two at a time – from August 6 to September 7.

The selection will be made by Laurence Sillars, Baltic’s chief curator, and assistant curator Katharine Welsh.

Only work made during the last 12 months (July 2013 to the present), currently in progress or made for (or during) this exhibition will be eligible and there isn’t much time to apply. Entries close at midday on July 11.

Baltic 39 was launched in April 12 as the baby of big Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art across the river in Gateshead.

They call it the project space and it was conceived mainly as a place for artists to try new projects and take a few risks in a supportive environment – although gallery visitors, presumably, can say exactly what they thing.

Last year’s Figure One exhibition threw up a few intriguing projects.

Ella Finer, daughter of Pogues co-founder Jem Finer, exhibited O, a continuously playing acetate record with a very limited lifespan.

A friend, singer Debsey Wyke, improvised the ballad of Ophelia from Hamlet and, over the course of the exhibition, echoing Ophelia’s descent into madness, it became less and less audible.

Ben Sansbury, meanwhile, exhibited his “slightly Heath Robinson-esque” gadget designed to create zero gravity.

“Baltic 39 has been great because I don’t think I’d be able to do this anywhere else,” he said.

Any artists wishing to try something equally outlandish will find the open submission details on www.baltic39.com

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