Gobscure: you have already survived

Wed – Sun, 10am – 6pm

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

A colourful mapping of sound, poetry banners, sculptures and photography.

This new Lightbox commission, which can be found on Baltic’s ground floor, has been created by gobscure, an artist, writer and performer based in Newcastle.

‘The Afon Wysg (river Usk) which flows through South Wales, has saved our [Gobscure refers to themself in the first person plural] life many times – literally and metaphorically. Some rivers have rights; this one has riots (it was the site of Britain’s last insurrection – the Chartist uprising in Cas Newydd, Newport in November 1839); the ‘other’ British transporter bridge (in Newport), where we wrote our first ever poem; our first punk gig (as audience member); a yew tree at Defynnog that defies science (the oldest heartwood has rotted so it cannot be accurately carbon-dated); the population of red kite (carrion birds) almost wiped out in the 1970s still clinging on here, now successfully rewilding all over, including in the North East’s Derwent Valley; the northernmost locations for wild (not domestic) welsh poppies are here — these flowers have taught us that post-trauma-growth is possible; the mountains, at rivers’ source, are where our horizons were first literally widened.’ — gobscure


South Shore Road Gateshead NE8 3BA

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29 November 2023—10 March 2024

FREE, donations welcome

  • Wed 10am – 6pm
  • Thu 10am – 6pm
  • Fri 10am – 6pm
  • Sat 10am – 6pm
  • Sun 10am – 6pm
  • Level access
  • Lifts to all areas
  • Hearing loop
  • Large-format print
  • Walking aids
  • Mobility scooters
  • Accessible toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Adult changing facilities
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