Laing Art Gallery - Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

Laing Art Gallery - Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums
New Bridge Street
Newcastle
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 232 7734

Textphone users

18001 0191 232 7734

Fax

General enquiries

0191 222 0952

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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 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.

Suitable for

Website

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

All About Animals

  • 1 November 2014 — 29 March 2015 *on now

Blinking in the Sun is a Laing collection favourite, and was painted by North East artist Ralph Hedley in 1881. It’s one of six animal subjects currently on show in All About Art.

The display also includes a sunny scene of working horses by JF Slater, plus a bright, Pre-Raphaelite-influenced painting by JBLShaw. Prints by Paula Rego, Elizabeth Frink and Glynis Mills are also on show.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing-art-gallery/whats-on/displays/all-about-animals.html

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.

Suitable for

Website

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

Jonathan Yeo Portraits

  • 8 November 2014 — 1 February 2015 *on now

Jonathan Yeo is one of the world’s leading portrait artists, known internationally for his portraits of some of the most famous people in the world, including, Sienna Miller, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Fry, and Helena Bonham Carter.

Jonathan Yeo Portraits, the major new retrospective of Yeo’s works, will open at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, on Saturday, 8 November 2014. After receiving great critical acclaim on opening at the National Portrait Gallery, and subsequently at the Lowry, the new show will reveal further pieces, to present the widest survey of Yeo’s oeuvre to date.

Paintings on display feature some of Yeo’s most iconic sitters, who are leaders in their field of expertise, ranging across the arts, fashion, politics, and business. Sitters include: Jude Law, Sir Michael Parkinson, Erin O’Connor, Malala Yousafzai, Doreen Lawrence OBE, and Grayson Perry. A range of studies and sketches will also go on show, to provide a comprehensive resumé of Yeo’s artistic career, spanning over two decades.

In addition, the Laing will unveil a number of new paintings, which have never been displayed publicly before, depicting illustrious sitters.

“one of the UK's most highly regarded portrait artists.” Mark Brown, The Guardian

A National Portrait Gallery exhibition.

Website

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing-art-gallery/whats-on/exhibitions/jonathan-yeo-portraits.html

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier and Vivien Leigh by Unknown photographer, 30 May 1937

Starring Vivien Leigh

  • 8 November 2014 — 1 February 2015 *on now

A rarely seen photograph of Vivien Leigh and husband Laurence Olivier at a garden party forms the centrepiece of this exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery, London. One of the most famous actors of the 20th century, Leigh is seen here captured on film throughout her career by photographers including Cecil Beaton, Angus McBean, Norman Parkinson, Laszlo Willinger and Madame Yevonde.

The photograph of Leigh and Olivier was taken by photojournalist Larry Burrows at the height of her fame in 1949 and shows the couple attending a theatrical garden party, addressing the crowd through a megaphone. The photograph had never been seen before it was given to the National Portrait Gallery by Burrows’ family in 2013.

Other images capture Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind, performing in A Streetcar Named Desire alongside Marlon Brando, and giving her first, un-credited film performance in Things Are Looking Up (1934).

Rare film stills, press books and magazine covers complete what is a star-studded glimpse into Leigh’s film and theatre career. A National Portrait Gallery exhibition.

Website

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing-art-gallery/whats-on/exhibitions/starring-vivien-leigh.html

Conscience and Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War

  • 7 March — 7 June 2015

Featuring works by artists including Picasso, Henry Moore, Edward Burra, Wyndham Lewis and John Armstrong, amongst others, this exhibition reveals how a generation of British artists were drawn into the Spanish Civil War. While many went to fight in the war themselves, others created posters campaigning for aid for refugees, or created works that made fierce political statements.

The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) was one of the most significant conflicts of the twentieth century. While British literary reactions to the conflict have been much examined, this exhibition from Pallant House is the first to explore the response of British visual artists.

The Spanish Civil War was fought between the Spanish Republic and a rebel Nationalist force, led by General Franco. It united the abstract and realist artists of the time to create a diverse artistic response to the fight against fascism.

One of the most famous works on show will be Picasso’s ‘Weeping Woman’ (1937.) This is on display alongside material detailing the impact in Britain of the artist’s iconic painting, ‘Guernica’, which travelled to the UK in 1938.

The exhibition includes loan works from both public and private collections in a range of media, including painting, printmaking and sculpture.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing-art-gallery/whats-on/exhibitions/conscience-and-conflict-british-artists-and-the-spanish-civil-war.html

John Dobson & John Wilson Carmichael: An Artistic Partnership

  • 11 December — 28 June 2015

John Dobson (1787-1865) was the North East’s most outstanding 19th century architect. Buildings he designed can be found across Newcastle and Northumbria. During the 1830s he worked closely with Richard Grainger on the redevelopment of Newcastle city centre.

John Wilson Carmichael (1799-1868) was a talented landscape artist and the North East’s leading marine painter. He became renowned for the skill and accuracy of his images of ships and boats.

Both highly successful, these two artists were also close friends, and developed an extraordinary working relationship. They often worked collaboratively on projects. Dobson produced perspective views of his building designs, and Carmichael added colouring and details such as figures to bring the views to life.

This exhibition explores their work as individuals as well as their collaborative projects. Drawing on the Laing Art Gallery collections, it includes country house projects, Richard Grainger’s redevelopment of Newcastle city centre, and early designs for Central Station.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing-art-gallery/whats-on/exhibitions/john-dobson-amp-john-wilson-carmichael-an-artistic-partnership.html

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.

ARTventure Backpacks

  • 16 May 2013 — 5 April 2016 *on now

Borrow a backpack and embark on an ARTventure in the gallery. Our backpacks are full of exciting hands-on activities, to help you explore the galleries.

Backpacks are free to borrow and do not need to be booked. They are available every day from the reception desk.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing-art-gallery/whats-on/events/artventure-backpacks.html

Picture of the Month Talks

  • 31 January 2015 *on now
  • 7 February 2015

Join the Friends of the Laing to find out more about some of the paintings you can see here at the Laing.

Free picture of the month talks take place every Saturday at 11am. You don't need to book - just meet in the Laing's Marble Hall to take part.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing-art-gallery/whats-on/events/picture-of-the-month-talks.html

Art Classes for Adults: Portraiture

  • 31 January 2015 1-4pm *on now
  • 7 February 2015 1-4pm
  • 14 February 2015 1-4pm

Learn to draw and paint portraits inspired by our Jonathan Yeo Portraits exhibition, with professional portrait artist Samantha Cary. Each class will use different materials and help develop different artistic skills.

Week 1 (Saturday 31st January) - Drawing Techniques

Week 2 (Saturday 7 February) - Portraits in Pastel

Week 3 - (Saturday 14 February) - Acrylic Portraits

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£25.00, includes free entry to the Jonathan Yeo Portraits exhibition.

Website

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing-art-gallery/whats-on/events/art-classes-for-adults-portraiture.html

Saturday Art Classes for 10-15s

  • 7 February 2015 10:15-11:45am
  • 7 March 2015 10:15-11:45am

An inclusive art class held on the first Saturday of every month for 10-15 year olds.

Participants will have the opportunity to work with professional art educators, working in a different medium or with a different technique each month. This group aims to be fully inclusive and anyone with additional needs is welcome.

Saturday 7 February: Etching Sketching!

Saturday 4 March: Fabulous Faces: Drawing Cartoons!

The classes are £4 per person. Places are limited to 15 places on a first come first served basis. Meet here at the Laing Art Gallery to take part and there is no need to book.

If you would like to have an informal conversation with the tutor before attending then please contact the Laing learning team on learning@laingartgallery.org.uk

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£4.00 per person

Website

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing-art-gallery/whats-on/events/saturday-art-classes-for-10-15s.html

Art School for 11-15 year olds

  • 17 — 19 February 2015

Come along to our Art School this February half term to learn new skills, have fun and make some new friends! Throughout the week you will work with professional arts educators & gallery staff, develop your art skills and learn new techniques, taking inspiration from art works on display. You will also have the chance to get advice and help with GCSE art questions.

At the end of the week you will have your very own portfolio of artwork to take away with you!

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

Only £50 per person
Book a place online, call (0191) 232 7734 or pop in to the Laing Art Gallery.

Website

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing-art-gallery/whats-on/events/art-school-for-11-15-year-olds.html

Big Wednesday: Lovely Landscapes!

  • 18 February 2015 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm

Bring along the whole family and get creative this half term!

Activities include: printmaking, inspired by printing blocks in Northern Spirit
watercolour painting, inspired by landscapes in the Barbour Watercolour Gallery
giant 3D sculpture
and a landscape trail around the gallery.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£2.50 per child

Website

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing-art-gallery/whats-on/events/big-wednesday-lovely-landscapes.html

Conservation Experience Day at the Laing

  • 20 February 2015 10am-1pm

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes here at the Laing Art Gallery? Ever wanted to get even closer to some of our paintings?

This conservation experience day aims to demystify the care and treatment of our beautiful painting collections.

The day will start with a short tour around the gallery and the conservation studio where our paintings Conservator will show and discuss the various techniques and structures that go to make up a painting as well as demonstrating some of the treatments carried out on our paintings.

She will also talk about best practices in displaying, storing and packing works of art. You will get a chance to test your skills at the techniques of painting restoration and you can take home an information pack on the care of paintings.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£75 per person, booking essential. Very limited places available. Please visit our online shop for full details and to buy your ticket. 

Website

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing-art-gallery/whats-on/events/conservation-experience-day-at-the-laing.html

Art Classes for Adults: Looking at Landscapes

  • 7 March 2015 1-4pm
  • 14 March 2015 1-4pm
  • 21 March 2015 1-4pm

Learn to draw and paint landscapes inspired by magnificent works from the Laing’s Collection. With professional landscape artist Clifford Blakey. Each class will use different materials and help develop different artistic skills.

Week 1 (Saturday 7 March) - Drawing

Week 2 (Saturday 14 March) - Watercolours

Week 3 - (Saturday 21 March) - Acrylics

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£25.00 per person

Website

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing-art-gallery/whats-on/events/art-classes-for-adults-looking-at-landscapes.html

Tea for two at the Laing Art Gallery

  • 12 March 2015 2-4pm

Join one of our experts for a guided tour around the Laing Art Gallery and then on to a luxury tea for two at Laing Art Gallery cafe.

The perfect gift for art lovers, this tour will start with outstanding local artwork in Northern Spirit, including Cullercoats artists, Ralph Hedley, Thomas Bewick, Newcastle Glass and Maling Pottery. We will also be looking at the Laing's most treasured paintings in the first floor 18th and 19th Century gallery, including pictures by local master John Martin, leading Pre-raphaelites William Holman Hunt and Edward Burne-Jones, and Paul Gauguin.

After the tour we will lead you to the lovely Laing Art Gallery cafe for your tea for two. You are then free to browse the gallery at your own pace until closing time.

Suitable for

Admission

£75.00 per couple

Website

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing-art-gallery/whats-on/events/tea-for-two-at-the-laing-art-gallery.html

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.

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