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.

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.

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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.

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Website

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

Alysia Anne: Shift 

  • 3 October 2015 — 28 February 2016 *on now

Shift is a body of work that contemplates the complexities of loss through photography. Alysia Anne works with the manipulation of imagery, obscuring and shifting light sources, and with photography processing, to explores the many facets of grief and bereavement.

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Website

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing-art-gallery/whats-on/exhibitions/alysia-anne-shift.html

Drawings!

  • 24 October 2015 — 30 September 2016 *on now

Bruce McLean’s ‘Towards a Performance’, drawn by the artist’s finger into bright paint, is one of the more surprising pictures in this exhibition of drawings from the Laing’s collection. Bold charcoal compositions by David Bomberg and Sheila Fell feature alongside pastels and crayon drawings by Duncan Grant and Julia How. Fine drawings in pencil or ink range over 300 years and include subjects by Thomas Rowlandson, Edward Burne-Jones, Charles Napier Hemy, Edward Bawden and Stanley Spencer.

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Website

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

Leonardo da Vinci: Ten Drawings from the Royal Collection

  • 13 February — 24 April 2016 *on now

Throughout 2016, ten of the finest drawings by Leonardo da Vinci in the Royal Collection will travel to four museums and galleries across the United Kingdom and Ireland in a new exhibition.

The works have been selected to show the extraordinary scope of the artist's interests, from painting and sculpture to engineering, zoology, botany, mapmaking and anatomy, as well as his use of different media – pen and ink, red and black chalks, watercolour and metalpoint.

Through drawing, Leonardo attempted to record and understand the world around him. He maintained that an image transmitted knowledge more accurately and concisely than any words. Nonetheless, many of his drawings are extensively annotated, including the sheet of Studies for casting the equestrian monument to Francesco Sforza, c.1492–4, and the double-sided page from a notebook of anatomical studies, The heart compared to a seed and The vessels of the liver, spleen and kidneys, c.1508.

There are almost 600 drawings by Leonardo da Vinci in the Royal Collection. They were originally bound into a single album, which was probably acquired in the 17th century by Charles II. Beyond the 20 or so surviving paintings by Leonardo, the artist's drawings are the main source of our knowledge of this extraordinary Renaissance man and his many activities.

Leonardo's drawings are the richest, most wide-ranging, most technically brilliant, and most endlessly fascinating of any artist.

The exhibition is on show at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne from 13 February – 24 April 2016, the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin from 4 May – 17 July 2016, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery from 30 July – 9 October 2016 and Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea from 15 October 2016 – 6 January 2017.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://laingartgallery.org.uk/whats-on/leonardo-da-vinci-ten-drawings-from-the-royal-collection

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

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 - 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

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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