Ryan Gander – To Give Light (Northern Aspirational Charms)

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Look out for the playful work of Chester’s Ryan Gander who celebrates the lively spirit of Northern innovation through ten black concrete sculptures arranged in a circle on Baltic Square.

Ryan Gander (b. Chester, 1976) is a conceptual artist whose practice is characterised by storytelling and allusion.

This commission comprises ten black concrete sculptures, each depicting an object originally designed to emit light with a historical link to the North of England.

Each object demonstrates the North’s desire to shine a light on the world through world-changing inventions such as Joseph Swan’s incandescent light bulb and George Stephenson’s Geordie safety lamp.


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Venue: Baltic Square

  • Baltic Square
  • (Outside BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art)
    NE8 3BA

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  • All entrances onto Baltic Square are wheelchair accessible.
  • Parking at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art for Blue Badge holders.
  • Accessible toilet facilities within BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.