Laing Art Gallery - Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Laing Art Gallery - Tyne & Wear Archives & 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.

Mariner 9

  • 10 May — 7 September 2014 *on now

Tyneside Cinema and the Laing Art Gallery present Mariner 9, a giant panoramic vision of the planet Mars set 200 years in the future, by Canadian artist Kelly Richardson.

Mariner 9 is returning to the North East after an international tour to exhibition venues including the 37th Toronto International Film Festival (Canada), Albright-Knox Art Gallery (USA) and Natural History Museum Vienna (Austria).

Commissioned by Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema, the piece will go on show at the Laing Art Gallery from 10 May 2014. It premiered in 2012 at Whitley Bay’s Spanish City Dome where it attracted more than 10,000 people.

Created using NASA's own data, Mariner 9 shows Mars and is set 200 years in the future. The planet's landscape is littered with the rusting remains of real and imagined spacecraft with some of them still showing signs of life - flickering, moving and transmitting data back to Earth where possibly there is no one left to receive it.

The artist worked with imagery and technical data from NASA, combining it with Terragen, a complex scenery generation software used by the film and gaming industries, to create an uber-realistic red planet, minutely replicating its distinctive geology and weather patterns.

Uniquely at the Laing Art Gallery, visitors will have the chance to see Mariner 9 alongside dramatic paintings by John Martin, a key influence on Kelly’s work, and traditional landscapes by JMW Turner and John Constable in ‘Turner & Constable: Sketching From Nature’ which is on show until 29 June 2014.

Mariner 9 was commissioned by Tyneside Cinema and supported using public funding by Arts Council England. The exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery is supported by ArtAV and the Newcastle Institute for Creative Arts Practice at Newcastle University.

Suitable for

  • Any age


'Victory Tea, Pilgrim Street, 1919' by John Joseph Potts

Paintings of World War I

  • 10 May — 19 October 2014 *on now

A selection of paintings depicting World War I scenes of an armed British trawler in battle, and French and Russian mounted artillery troops, together with images of warship building in Glasgow, and an engaging view of a celebratory tea party at the end of the war in Newcastle. Also on show is a painting by CRW Nevinson, one of the most famous war artists of World War I, inspired by his experiences as a battlefield ambulance attendant.


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.