Laing Art Gallery - Tyne & Wear Museums
Laing Art Gallery - Tyne & Wear Museums
New Bridge Street
Tyne and Wear
0191 232 7734
18001 0191 232 7734
0191 222 0952
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.
Monday to Saturday 10 - 5
Sunday 2 - 5
Closed: Chrismas Day and Boxing Day
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.
World Cultures, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art
Key artists and exhibits
- Designated Collection
Laura Knight Portraits
- 2 November 2013 — 16 February 2014 *on now
A new exhibition of work by one of the most popular and pioneering artists of the 20th century is coming to the Laing Art Gallery. Laura Knight Portraits is made up of 30 outstanding portraits by Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970).
The exhibition brings together some of the works inspired by ballet and theatre which Knight was well known for including a formal portrait of the dancer Lubov Tchernicheva, painted in Knight’s studio in 1921. Also included are a number of portraits produced during her time as a war artist in the Second World War.
Many of the smaller works on paper are from private collections and have never been publicly exhibited until this exhibition.
An entry fee applies to this exhibition.
Book online here (transaction fee applies) via Eventbrite, or book in person at the Laing Art Gallery (Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sundays, 2pm to 5pm).
Full price: £5.00
Family ticket (1 adult): £7.00
Family ticket (2 adults): £11.00
Senior citizens: £4.50
Membership discounts**: £2.50
*Concessions apply to 12-18 year olds, students, registered unemployed, disabled people (with free entry for one carer). Proof of age or status is required.
**Membership discounts apply to Friends of the Laing, Laing Exhibition Partners, Art Fund Members.
- 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.
- Family friendly
Picture of the Month Talks
- 9 December 2013 11am-1pm
- 16 December 2013 11am-1pm
- 23 December 2013 11am-1pm
- 30 December 2013 11am-1pm
Join the Friends of the Laing to find out more about some of the paintings you can see here at the Laing.
October - Laus Veneris (1873-5) by Edward Burne-Jones.
November - Piazza San Marco, Venice (c.1903-6) by W R Sickert
December - Isabella and the Pot of Basil (1867) by William Holman Hunt
Free picture of the month talks take place every Saturday at 11:00. You don't need to book - just meet in the Laing's Marble Hall to take part.
- Any age
Art Courses with Newcastle City Learning: Pen and Ink and Other Media
- 2 October 2013 — 15 February 2014 *on now
Pen and Ink and Other Media. Starts 02 October 2013 for 15 weeks.
Cost:£87.00. For more information or to enrol, contact Newcastle City Learning on their freephone number: 0800 073 0911.
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.