University of Newcastle
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
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The Hatton Gallery was opened in 1926. This university gallery is situated in the heart of the city centre with easy access to restaurants and shops.
In addition to the BA and MFA Shows the Gallery has a programme of 5 or 6 temporary exhibitions each year comprising both historical and contemporary work of national and international significance.
Open Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm
Closed Sundays & Bank Holidays
Although we do not have a separate education room (all workshops take place in the gallery) school groups are welcome to eat packed lunches in the gallery.
The African Collection is on a mezzanine balcony inaccessible to wheelchairs, but with prior notice we can bring a selection of the work down to the ground floor for visitors interested in this area.
The Gallery's education programme caters for the requirements of the National Curriculum as well as running a range of workshops for adultd and special needs groups.
The gallery's permanent collection comprises of over 3,500 works, which include painting, sculpture, prints, drawing and many other media. Of paramount importance is the Merzbarn wall by Kurt Schwitters. Constructed in a barn in the Lake District during 1947-48, the Merzbarn was Schwitters' final, and in his own estimation, 'greatest', piece of work. The wall was transported to the gallery in 1965 and incorporated into the fabric of the building. The Merzbarn is permanently displayed in one room of the gallery and is considered to be a work of international significance. Also of great importance is the Uhlman Collection of African Art. The collection, donated to the gallery by Fred and Diana Uhlman, contains an aray of sculptures, carvings, masks and jewellery, and is permanently on display in the mezzanine level of the gallery. The Hatton's collection of paintings includes works from the 14th century to the present day. Of prime importance are paintings by, amongst many others, Francis Bacon, Palma Giovane, Camillo Procaccini, Patrick Heron, William Roberts, Victor Pasmore and Richard Ansdell. Watercolours by Wyndham Lewis, Thomas Hair and Robert Jobling are also held. These works are important both nationally and on a more regional level. Limitations of space and the extensive programme of temporary exhibitions means that it is not possible to have the whole collection on permanent display, however pieces from the collection are often used in conjunction with touring exhibitions. The gallery also organises annual exhibitions of specifically selected works from the collection, usually focussing upon one particular aspect or theme. Other pieces from the permanent collection are available for private study or research by prior arrangement with the curator.
Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, World Cultures
Key artists and exhibits
- Merzbarn wall by Kurt Schwitters
- Uhlman Collection of African Art, donated by Fred and Diana Uhlman
- Francis Bacon
- Palma Giovane
- Camillo Procaccini
- Patrick Heron
- William Roberts
- Victor Pasmore
- Richard Ansdell
- Wyndham Lewis
- Thomas Hair
- Robert Jobling
Catrin Huber: As Above So Below
Catrin Huber’s As Above So Below will create a temporary new habitat for Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbarn wall.
In her site-specific installation, collage and wall painting will collide to transform the exhibition space while setting-up a visual dialogue with Schwitters’ work.
In alchemy, the ancient science of transformations, the phrase 'as above so below' linked certain metals with particular planets; the micro with the macro.
Materials, their lives, transformations and representations sit at the core of this exhibition.
- Any age
Ed Ruscha - ARTIST ROOMS ON TOUR
Los Angeles-based artist Ed Ruscha is one of the most consistently inventive American artists of the last fifty years.
Since the early 1960s he has channelled his fascination with words and the act of communication into books, print-making, photography, drawing and painting. The exhibition will include a wide variety of works covering over 40 years of his remarkable career.
The works on display are taken from ARTIST ROOMS, an inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art acquired for the nation by Tate and The National Galleries of Scotland through the generosity of Anthony d'Offay with additional support from funders, including the Art Fund.
The ARTIST ROOMS tour programme, now in its fifth year, is showing at 17 museums and galleries across the UK in 2013. The tour is made possible thanks to the new support of Arts Council England and the continued support of the Art Fund.
- Any age
To coincide with the Congress of the International Colour Association (AIC) being held in Newcastle in July 2013, this exhibition will focus on artists who are interested in the areas where colour meet and overlap in their work. It will include painting, installation, video and sculptural works by major contemporary artists.
- Any age
The Late Shows 2013 at The Hatton Gallery
Come along to the Hatton and enjoy the fabulous exhibition of work by Los Angeles based artist, Ed Ruscha. Decorate your own graphic cup or word art bag inspired by Ed Ruscha’s artworks or make a collage, accompanied by urban poetry and LA sounds.
- Any age
Hatton Art Cart
Enjoy our free Art Cart at the Gallery. Packed full of art activities for children and young people every day throughout the school holidays.
- Family friendly