Baltic School Murals Project 2021

BALTIC has brought together artists, school children and businesses to create art murals that have been unveiled in five Gateshead schools this autumn.

Gateshead secondary schools have felt the impact of Covid-19 on their school environment across two academic years. Remote learning and year group bubbles have divided the schools with most classes unable to move freely around their buildings to receive science lab or art room-based lessons.

BALTIC worked with Whickham School, Kingsmeadow Community School, Cedars Academy, Heworth Grange, Cardinal Hume Catholic School to bring about a moment of togetherness where pupils collaborated with professional artists Zoe Allen, Cath Campbell, Theresa Easton, Mat Fleming and Megan Randall, commissioned by BALTIC. Through five skills-based workshops per school, pupils and artists have created five completely unique artworks specifically developed and installed in communal spaces to create a lasting legacy in each school.

Learning new skills, gaining experience of working with practicing artists and being together in a shared space, were at the heart of this valuable and crucial project which has ignited pride, creativity and collective ownership of the final artwork by the pupils and schools.

The workshops and final art murals were made possible with the generous support of five national and international businesses with North East headquarters. BALTIC partnered with Cintra HR, NBS, North P&I Club, Ryder Achitecture and Ward Hadaway to bring together the five schools with the artists.

A full press release about the project can be found HERE.