Whilst the friendly folk at Newspaper Club work their magic on the presses, here’s a digital version of Turnaround for your viewing pleasure. Grab a printed copy this weekend at BALTIC, or if you’re super keen, from our launch party at Living Room in Newcastle on Friday evening.
The site of the Baltic Flour Mill was derelict for 40 years before work on began in 1930. Tragically, three men died during construction when a gust of wind blew down shuttering. The building was eventually opened in 1950, after being delayed by the Second World War.
Wheat came from all over the world, with Canadian known as providing the highest quality. Working conditions in the mill were good, with the management realising the importance of the social life of workers. Trips away, sports teams, picnics, office parties, dinners and many award ceremonies mean that most workers looked back on their time in the mill with fondness. The company even provided homes for some of their workers due to a housing shortage in the 1950s.
Disaster struck the mill in 1976, when a huge blaze caused £500,000 worth of damage, stopping all production for safety reasons. In the years after the fire falling sales caused redundancies and the mill finally closed in 1982. The silo, now home to the art museum, stayed open until 1984 to hold part of the EEC grain mountain. Then in the 1990s it was announced the buildingwould be reopened as an international arts centre. Since 2002, when work was finished, the centre has hosted nearly 200 artists from 24 countries.
For more info on the transformation to a contemporary art centre, visit Baltic website.
Photo courtesy of J. Rank - building at this time used by Rank Ltd
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