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.

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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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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Conscience and Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War

  • 7 March — 7 June 2015 *on now

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.

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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.

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  • Family friendly


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.