Hatton Gallery Great North Museum
Hatton Gallery Great North Museum
University of Newcastle
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
0191 222 6059
0191 222 3454
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
The Nice Girl and the Soldiers: Life of a VAD Nurse during the First World War
- 17 January 2015 11am-12pm
As a teenager during the Great War, Mollie Ross of Gosforth worked as a VAD auxiliary nurse in the Northumberland War Hospital. Who did she encounter in the hospital? What kind of connection with the patients did she have? How would she have been affected by this contact?
This talk will offer a tour through the pages of her autograph book, a small leather-bound volume she carried with her while she worked and in which the wounded servicemen shared their thoughts, jokes, poems and paintings. This book, with its fascinating and often moving content, offers a rich glimpse of Mollie's exposure to war - and to life - as she entered 20th century adulthood.
The talk will be delivered by Lindsay Davies, a PhD student from New York University and Molly's granddaughter.
- Not suitable for children
Free for students