Laing Art Gallery - Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

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Situated in the centre of Newcastle, the Laing is home to an impressive collection of art and sculpture. Its exhibition programme is renowned for bringing the biggest names in art to the North East and includes historic, modern and contemporary art.

This gallery has a Designated Collection of national importance and its permanent displays feature important 18th and 19th century paintings including dramatic landscapes by John Martin.

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Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 10 - 5
Sunday 2 - 5

Closed: Chrismas Day and Boxing Day

Admission charges

Free entry

The Gallery's exceptional permanent collection includes British oil paintings, watercolours, ceramics, silver and glassware. It is of national and international significance and enjoys Designated Status. Highlights include: Isabella and the Pot of Basil by Holman Hunt (1827-1910), Laus Veneris by Burne Jones (1835- 1898), The Breton Shepherdess by Gauguin (1848-1903), The Lovers by Spencer (1891-1959) and an important group of works by John Martin (1789- 1854).

Early 20th century artists represented in the Gallery include Auerbach, Nicholson, Hitchen, Bomberg and Moore as well as a growing contemporary collection. The Laing's watercolours are widely recognised as being of exceptional importance, including work by Paul Sandby, J R Cozens, Thomas Girtin, J M W Turner, David Cox, Samuel Palmer, Edward Lear and J F Lewis. An extensive decorative art collection embraces locally produced glass, pottery and silver. Beilby enameled glass, Newcastle silver, North East pottery, early 19th century creamwares and 19th and 20th earthenwares by Maling pottery are of particular significance.

Not all of these items are on permanent display. Please contact the gallery before making a special visit.

Collection details

World Cultures, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Northern Spirit

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

Internationally acclaimed art from the Laing Art Gallery’s collection features in this permanent display, including work by 19th Century painter John Martin, engraver and naturalist Thomas Bewick and the Beilby family of glass enamellers.


18th and 19th Century Gallery

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

Important Pre-Raphaelite paintings by William Holman Hunt and Edward Burne-Jones are on display alongside a group of paintings by Newcastle’s outstanding historical painter John Martin.

The 18th and 19th century collections at the Laing are extensive, including works by nationally and internationally-renowned artists, as well as those of local repute. The Decorative Art collections include outstanding examples of ceramics, silver, and glassware of the period, some of which are displayed here alongside the paintings.

The works on show change regularly to show the impressive range of art in the collection so please contact the gallery if you wish to see a particular piece of work.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
George Clausen, Dusk, 1903

Night at the Laing

  • 28 October 2016 5-7pm

Explore the Laing after hours with a self-led trail highlighting works from the collection which have been inspired by the drama and beauty of night.

From romantic twilight landscapes and glowing street scenes, to shadowy nocturnal dreamscapes and ink-black skies, see how artists throughout the centuries have captured the magic and melancholy of darkness. Plus the chance to create your own night scene with a self-led activity for children (and the young at heart!).

Please note, the exhibition 'Out of Chaos' will not be open during this event.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free admission
Please note the exhibition 'Out of Chaos' will not be open during this event


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Little Artists

Why not come along and try Laing Art Gallery's new sessions for pre-schoolers? Each week join and make things, sing, listen to a story, have juice and biscuits, play and learn lots about things in the gallery.

How to obtain

There is a charge of 50p per child for each session. Booking is not necessary, just drop in. For more information contact Lucy Smith on 0191 2112104.

Laing Art Gallery - Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums
New Bridge Street
Tyne and Wear


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General enquiries


General enquiries

0191 232 7734

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0191 222 0952

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