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Baltic Honorary Patrons Scheme Launched by Bryan Ferry

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.

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.

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BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA, UK
Tel: +44 (0)191 478 1810, Fax: +44 (0)191 478 1922, Text phone: +44(0)191 440 4944

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