Laing Art Gallery - Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Laing Art Gallery - Tyne & Wear Archives & 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

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

Paintings of World War I

  • 10 May — 19 October 2014

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.

Website

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing-art-gallery/whats-on/exhibitions/paintings-of-world-war-i.html

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

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The Great Unknown

  • 17 May 2014 7-11pm

Enter the great unknown as the Laing takes you on an intergalactic adventure. Canadian artist Kelly Richardson has created Mariner 9, a giant panoramic vision of the
planet Mars set 200 years in the future. Experience another world with strange lights and sounds and make your own mechanical creatures and constructions using space junk. You can also meet the artist herself as Kelly Richardson will be making a special guest appearance, talking about her work and answering questions from visitors. Brought to you by the Laing’s young people’s group L-ink.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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May Half Term Big Wednesday

  • 28 May 2014 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm

The aliens have come! Martians have landed at the Laing! Create your own alien creature and Rover inspired by our Mariner 9 video installation.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing-art-gallery/whats-on/events/may-half-term-big-wednesday-martian-mayhem.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.

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