First Floor, Commercial Union House
39 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear




0191 261 8281

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‘The Eyes Turn’d Inward for the Nightmare was Real’, Jock Mooney, installation view

Vane was founded in 1997 in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England. Vane opened a permanent gallery space in Newcastle city centre in 2005. In October 2011 Vane launched a brand new gallery space on the first floor of Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street in the centre of Newcastle. Vane represents the work of a number of artists, both from across the UK and internationally, as well as showing the work of invited artists in collaboration with other galleries. The gallery directors are Paul Stone and Christopher Yeats. Vane is supported by Arts Council England.

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Opening hours

Wednesday-Saturday, 12-5pm during exhibitions.

Closed: Bank holidays

Admission charges


Getting there

12 minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station
5 minutes walk from the Monument Metro station

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Kraig Wilson: Utopia

  • 10 July — 9 August 2014 *on now

In the centenary of World War One, Kraig Wilson presents ‘Utopia’, an exhibition of photographic portraits of serving gay army personnel. Vane is proud to have ‘Utopia’ included in the official events programme of this year’s Newcastle Pride.

The exhibition is part of Wilson’s research into representation of the male and masculinity, questioning the binary nature of gender and sexual identity prevalent in society. There are still taboos within society as to who is capable of joining the military, most notably the homosexual community and those with mental health problems; ironically, in England up until the 1960s the two were considered inseparable.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Getting there

12 minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station
5 minutes walk from the Monument Metro station