Hatton Gallery Great North Museum

Hatton Gallery Great North Museum
The Quadrangle
University of Newcastle
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear






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Exterior view of the Hatton Gallery.
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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.

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Opening hours

Open Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm

Closed Sundays & Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

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.

Collection details

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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Ruins Between Bernafay Woor and Maricourt. Hill, Adrian 1918.

Screaming Steel: Art, War and Trauma

  • 20 September — 13 December 2014 *on now

The horrors endured by soldiers during the First World War led to the coining of 'shellshock' as a universal term for the psychological trauma resulting from intense mental and physical bombardment. This exhibition explores the creative response to the industrialised killing fields of 1914-18, which resulted in some of our most important 20th century art and literature. How did artists and writers such as Paul Nash, C.R.Nevinson, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen use their extraordinary talent to capture the trauma of their experiences in work that resonates with us to this day? Trauma can be defined as a 'lost moment', one where the shock is so deep it can't be experienced. Here, painting and poetry intend to evoke that trauma every time they are viewed or heard, ensuring that we will never forget. This exhibition will include loans from the British Museum, British Library, National Portrait Gallery, V&A and Tate

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.
Ruins Between Bernafay Wood and Maricourt. Hill, Adrian 1918

Screaming Steel: Art, War and Trauma - Exhibition Tour

  • 28 November 2014 2:30-3:30pm
  • 5 December 2014 2:30-3:30pm
  • 12 December 2014 2:30-3:30pm

Join Curator Amy Barker for a tour of the Screaming Steel exhibition to find out how artists and writers captured the trauma of the First World War.

Suitable for

  • Any age