Laing Art Gallery - Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

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


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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.

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.


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.


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


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.