Hot days, hundreds of school activities, ridiculously tired children and increasingly
frazzled parents. It can only mean one thing - school is nearly out for the summer!
And if you are a parent - between rustling up costumes for the school play, taking
more hours off work then you're actually putting in, arranging childcare for SIX
weeks and working out which child is where at what time for whatever - you'll
suddenly have a realisation. You need a gift for the teacher! Read More >>
Let's face it, it's pretty chilly outside at the moment so we've come up with our favourite gifts to make staying indoors a little more bearable for everyone. So grab your duvet, find your favourite film and set up a den in the living room. We're staying inside until the thermometer says at least 10 degrees! Read more...Read more →
With the Great Exhibition of the North now entering its 5th wonderful week, we decided we'd given designer Andy Tuohy enough time to recuperate from designing his epic Great Northern Alphabet and it was time to bother him again for a quick catch up and pick his brains on his design process, what inspired him about this commission and his plans for the summer (because we're nosy...!) Read more...Read more →
Holidays are coming! Oh, wrong season.. And we know we don't actually sell toothbrushes... But, when the usual holiday purchases have been sorted, there's always time to add something a bit more special into your case that's just for you. And, as our lovely BALTIC Shop team are looking ahead to their jollies over the next few weeks, we thought we'd have a sneaky peak in their suitcases, back packs and handbags to see what holiday treats they are packing from the Shop this year to add some added va va voom to their vacation. Read more..Read more →
When it comes to humour and art, the two names that always spring to mind at BALTIC Shop are the devillish David Shrigley and the Mighty Martin Parr. As famous as both this artist and photographer are globally, their work still retains something essentially, unmistakably British; including sarcasm, being self deprecating and getting away with being gloriously silly. And along with clever, subversive art comes clever and quirky gifts and, fortunately for us, both artists have collaborated with respected galleries and designers to create cool homewares which can be nostalgic, insanely dark, full of pathos and laugh out loud funny all at the same time. We've put together a few of our favourite arty things to cheer you up, help you to reminisce or shock you a little bit - enjoy! And as Shrigley would say, These are not for idiots! Read More..Read more →
There is nothing like a Dave! While putting our awesome new t-towel of Dave Grohl on the online shop the other day, we all got talking about Dave's. Everyone, it seems, knows a Dave (or David if it's Sunday or they're at the Dentist's) and, by and large, the Dave's that people know are pretty cool and decent blokes. So, for no particular reason at all apart from the title made us laugh, we're having a Dave Day. Read More..Read more →
We're paying homage to the dynamic husband and wife artists, Kozyndan, who create beautiful images which produce beautiful gifts.
It was but twelve short (ahem) years ago and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art was exhibiting Spank the Monkey, a group show featuring cutting edge urban artists, when BALTIC Shop became aware of an American artist duo, Kozyndan. Read more...Read more →
Check your calendars, everyone. There should be a big red circle round a certain date in March. That date is the 11th March and the circle denotes it's time to spoil your mum. Hooray for Mother's Day! Of course cards, flowers and chocolates are lovely and all, but what about the mums who have, shall we say, a more eccentric, fun loving take on life? Here at BALTIC Shop, our Mother's Day greeting cards range was never going to be conventional, let's face it. And we're pretty pleased that our gifts are a tad unusual too. So to help you navigate through all relentless flowery, pink stuff we've put together a collection of mother's day cards and the gifts we think match them perfectly. Read more...Read more →