Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
City Library and Arts Centre
Fawcett Street
Tyne and Wear



Alistair Robinson, Programme Director

Kathryn Brame, Marketing Officer


0191 561 1235


0191 561 5950

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Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art presents changing exhibitions of new work by emerging and established artists from the UK and abroad, bringing key new works of art of our time to new audiences. The gallery runs a programme of talks, tours, education activities, workshops and artists residencies, providing a range of different opportunities for people to engage with the visual arts in an imaginative and inspiring way.

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Opening hours

Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Friday 9.30 - 5.00
Wednesday late opening 9.30 - 7.00
Saturday 10.00 - 4.00

Closed: Sundays

Admission charges


Collection details

Architecture, Design, Fine Art, Photography

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Two people playing a board game.

Zoe Walker & Neil Bromwich: 'Game for Change'

  • 14 June — 6 September 2014 *on now

How are we going to change the world? As in classical fables from Thomas More's Utopia onwards, Neil Bromwich and Zoe Walker's newly commissioned work - a collaboratively produced board game that - situates us on the fictional island of Orcadia. On this island, we discover that we must negotiate a process of change both personal and collective through embodying the spirit of mythical archetypes and maritime changelings. 'Game For Change' offers new ways of rethinking around how we relate to others.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Coloured print

Show Me The Money: The Image of Finance, 1700 to the Present

  • 14 June — 30 August 2014 *on now

Show Me The Money charts how the financial world has been imagined in art, illustration, photography and other visual media over the last three centuries in Britain and the United States. The project asks how artists have grappled with the increasingly intangible and self-referential nature of money and finance, from the South Sea Bubble of the eighteenth century to the global financial crisis of 2008. It features works ranging from satirical eighteenth-century prints by William Hogarth and James Gillray to newly commissioned works by artists Goldin+Senneby, Cornford & Cross, Immo Klink, Simon Roberts, and James O Jenkins.

Suitable for

  • Any age


A woman kneeling down with arms outstretched in a defensive position.

Joanna Piotrowska

  • 19 September 2014 — 10 January 2015

Joanna Piotrowska presents her first solo exhibition in a UK public institution at the NGCA project space this autumn, bringing together a series of new photographs alongside her recent series ‘Frowst’.

Since graduating in 2013, Piotrowska has quickly established a reputation for making compelling and psychologically wrought photographs that explore desire and intimacy. Piotrowska’s black and white photographs offer semi-staged choreographies in which relationships between brothers, sisters, spouses and friends are interrogated through bodily gestures. The solo presentation coincides with ‘Emotional Resources’, a group exhibition exploring intimacy and awkwardness in the main gallery.

Black text on white background - Emotional Resources

Emotional Resources

  • 19 September 2014 — 10 January 2015

What does it mean to convert private experience into public speech? Emotional Resources is a group exhibition that brings together art works from an international group of artists from the Seventies to the present day, exploring forms of intimacy and the everyday. The artists employ a range of approaches and media, including painting, video, photography and performance. Alongside the group show NGCA will present Polish photographer Joanna Piotrowska’s first solo exhibition in the Project Space. From the tender touch to an awkward embrace the exhibitions ask, how did the public sphere become saturated with the exposure of private life?

Suitable for

  • Any age