The naked truth about Gateshead revealed

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It took 1,700 naked volunteers to create - but at last the people of Gateshead will have the chance to see the results of their boldness in the name of art.

The American artist Spencer Tunick assembled his nudes in the streets of Gateshead in July. With the exhibition of his work opening at the Baltic Centre there on 21 January, it is the first chance his participants will have had to see the results of their poses.

It will be Tunick's first large-scale installation in the UK, and is considered a coup for the Baltic, which opened in 2002 and is helping to change the image of Gateshead.

The exhibition will show large-scale photographic prints from five chosen locations: the Quayside, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, The Side, South Shore Road and Mill Road Car Park. The pieces were commissioned by the Baltic with BBC3, which broadcast the installation live from the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. The exhibition is open until 26 March.

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