The Baltic centre opens at last. Can an "art factory" revive Britainâ€™s post-industrial North-East?
For anyone who knew Gateshead and Newcastle, twin gatekeepers of the Tyne, in the days when they were industrial rather than post-industrial cities, the picture they present today is an extraordinary transformation. Most impressive of all is Baltic, which at Â£46m is the biggest contemporary art centre outside London. Back in the 1970s, theyâ€™d have hit you if youâ€™d suggested anything so fancy would ever appear on the quayside.