My Place

Baltic director Peter Doroshenko gives The Journal his "My Place".

Baltic director Peter Doroshenko gives The Journal his "My Place".

Peter lives in Jesmond, Newcastle, with his wife Roksolana and his eight-year-old daughter Claudia. He is the director of Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.

Peter joined Baltic in July 2005 and has overseen exhibitions by a list of international artists since his appointment to the post.

He studied for his BFA in painting at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and for his MA in modern art history, theory and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

He is also a graduate of the Independent Study Programme of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Peter's previous roles include: director of Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, Belgium; director of inova - the Institute of Visual Arts, Milwaukee; and curatorial positions at various organisations including the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, and the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse. He is a visiting lecturer at the Core Programme, Glassell School of Art, Houston, and the Universität für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna.

Peter was appointed as commissioner for the Ukrainian Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale this year and has recently accepted an advisory role with the prestigious PinchukArtCentre in Ukraine.

A self-proclaimed "straight talker", Peter is fluent in Dutch, French and Ukrainian.

Always keen to promote the personal touch, he has organised solo exhibitions for numerous artists including Vanessa Beecroft, Maurizio Cattelan, Sam Durant, Pierre Huyghe, John McCracken, Jane and Louise Wilson and Joseph Havel.

He recently co-curated Spank the Monkey, Baltic's international urban art show.

Where do you live?

I live in a Victorian bungalow in Jesmond. It is a unique building with loads of character.

How long have you lived there?

I have lived in my present home for about one year, Newcastle for two years.

What's your dream home?

If I could live anywhere, it would be in a glass walled contemporary house with incredible views of the city.

How do you get around (walk, car, public transport, private jet)?

I walk and use the Metro when possible, otherwise by car.

What is your favourite part of the North East?

Gateshead and Newcastle - I am an urban person.

What is your favourite building in the region?

The architecture of Baltic always surprises me.

What is the best holiday you've ever had?

Disneyland in Tokyo.

What's the favourite thing in your home? My Bang & Olufsen CD/Radio audio player.

If you could have one luxury what would it be?

I would like the luxury of having more time.

What are you working on at the moment?

Major fund-raising projects for Baltic.

Who or what is the love of your life?

My wife - Roksolana.

Where is your favourite place in the North-East?

Saltwell Park in Gateshead, it's a wonderful place to go for an afternoon walk.

What is your favourite shop?

Cruise in Princess Square, Newcastle.

What is your favourite restaurant?

Café 21 on Queens Street. High quality no-nonsense food in simple but sleek surroundings - and the dishes are all so good it would be difficult to choose a favourite.

Favourite pub?

I don't have a favourite pub, but I do enjoy a glass of wine at the Malmaison Bar.

Favourite meal?

Japanese udon soup.

Are you any good at cooking and do you spend much time in your kitchen?

When I have the time and the ingredients, I like to orchestrate Mexican meals.

What's the last play or film you saw?

The Queen at the Tyneside Cinema's temporary home in the old Town Hall in Gateshead.

Who is your favourite artist?

Andy Warhol.

What book are you reading at the moment?

I'm currently reading Alexander Dovzhenko: A Life in Soviet Film.

What are you listening to on your Ipod/CD player at the moment?

Elton John: Rocketman - The Definitive Hits.

What is your favourite TV programme?

My schedule is too busy for a TV programme, so I favour Euronews or Bloomberg when I can.

What are you proudest of?

My daughter, Claudia, she is so smart and adorable.

When and where were you happiest?

When I wake up every morning realising that life is wonderful.

What makes you miserable?

I make a large number of trips abroad, representing Baltic internationally - it is always hard to leave my family behind.

Do you have any wisdom to share?

Life is short, so live it to the maximum.


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