In Conversation With Bryan Ferry - Mon 13th Dec

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In Conversation with Bryan Ferry and Exhibition of Olympia Photographs

Eight of the biggest names in art and music have pledged their support for BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

Antony Gormley, David Shrigley, Louise and Jane Wilson, Yoko Ono, Melvyn Bragg, Sting, Neil Tennant and Bryan Ferry have been unveiled as the first Honorary Patrons whose role will be to champion the Gateshead gallery.

Legendary musician and lead singer of Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry will become the first Honorary Patron to appear at the gallery when he hosts a special one-off event early in the New Year to raise funds for BALTIC’s Learning Programme.

Born in Washington Co. Durham, Ferry studied Fine Art at Newcastle University before becoming one of the most iconic figures in popular music.

Bryan Ferry will return to the North East on Saturday 22 January for an exclusive
In Conversation with evening which will provide fans with a unique chance to hear him talk about his musical career and private art collection.

The evening will include a champagne reception and will be hosted by writer and cultural commentator Michael Bracewell who has written extensively about Bryan Ferry, including the book Re-make/Re-model which explores how Ferry’s time at Newcastle University under the teaching of artist Richard Hamilton influenced the style and sound of the band.

After the talk Ferry will be signing copies of his Olympia Deluxe Book Edition, available from the BALTIC SHOP.

To preorder this 40 page 10” book in a deluxe slipcase with ‘Olympia’ album plus two bonus tracks, CD of additional mixes and DVD featuring making of ‘Olympia’ plus ‘You Can Dance’ video go to Signed books will be shipped following the event in January.

The event will be accompanied by a display of photographs from Bryan Ferry’s latest album Olympia, featuring images of Kate Moss taken by photographer Adam Whitehead and directed by Ferry. The iconic Roxy Music album covers will be also be on display for the first time.

The exhibition will appear on Level 1 from Saturday 15 – Tuesday 25 January and will be open to the general public.

BALTIC Director, Godfrey Worsdale said: “That we have been able to recruit the support of such a strong group of honorary patrons in such a short space of time is a fantastic endorsement of BALTIC.

Bryan Ferry’s passion for the arts and regional connection make him the perfect choice to launch the Patrons scheme and with the Turner Prize coming to Gateshead, the next 12 months promise to be a great time to be involved with BALITC.”

Tickets for ‘Bryan Ferry in Conversation with Michael Bracewell’ on Saturday 22 January are priced £30.00 / £27.50 concessions and can be purchased from Tuesday 14 December at 10.00am online at or in person from

For further information on the BALTIC Patrons, events and exhibitions, please contact:
Stuart Boyd, Communications E: / T: 0191 440 4915
Ann Cooper, Head of Communications E: / T: 0191 440 4915

BALTIC has eight Honorary Patrons: Melvyn Bragg, Antony Gormley, David Shrigley, Louise and Jane Wilson, Yoko Ono, Sting, Neil Tennant and Bryan Ferry.

BALTIC is a major international centre for contemporary art situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, England. BALTIC presents a constantly changing, distinctive and ambitious programme of exhibitions and events, and is a world leader in the presentation, commissioning and communication of contemporary visual art. BALTIC has welcomed over 3.5 million visitors, since opening to the public in July 2002.

Roxy Music kick off their first UK tour in a decade at Metro Radio Arena Newcastle on 25 January 2011.
Ticket line: 08444 936 666
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