Laing Art Gallery

Laing Art Gallery
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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.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 2-5pm

Admission charges

Free entry (donations welcome)

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.

Website

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing/northernspirit/

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.

Website

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing-art-gallery/whats-on/displays/18th-and-19th-century-gallery.html

Self-portrait by Sir Anthony van Dyck, c. 1640

Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck and the Artists' Eye

  • 28 January — 4 June 2017 *on now

Inspired by the remarkably innovative style of Sir Anthony van Dyck's last self-portrait, acquired for the nation in 2014, this exhibition pairs the painting with stunning works by major artists of the 20th and 21st century.

Like Van Dyck's self-portrait, the selected works offer the viewer direct eye-contact with a visionary artist, from David Bomberg, Francis Bacon and L.S. Lowry, to Sarah Lucas, Chris Ofili, and Jane & Louise Wilson. Composed of loans from the National Portrait Gallery and works from the Laing's own collection, alongside a contemporary artist's commission, the exhibition asks what it means to confront these great artists face-to-face, exploring themes of genius, creativity and the artist's role in society.

Van Dyck's self-portrait was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery following a major public appeal with the Art Fund and thanks to the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and others.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry (suggested donation £2)

Website

https://laingartgallery.org.uk/whats-on/modern-visionaries-van-dyck-and-the-artists-eye

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.

Everyone’s an Artist.

  • 20 May 2017 7-11pm

Everyone’s an Artist. Inspired by Picasso’s famous motto ‘Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up,’ the Laing becomes a playground to explore your creative side, with music, art and hands-on art activities for young and old. Please note, admission charges apply to the exhibition Quentin Blake: Inside Stories, but other activities are free.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

New Bridge Street
NE1 8AG

Website

http://thelateshows.org.uk/

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

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing/thingstoseeanddo/event/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
New Bridge Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
NE1 8AG
England

Website

Main website

www.laingartgallery.org.uk

E-mail

General enquiries

info@laingartgallery.org.uk

Telephone

General enquiries

0191 278 1611

Textphone users

18001 0191 278 1611

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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