Laing Art Gallery

Laing Art Gallery
New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 8AG
  • Telephone 0191 232 7734
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 10am–4.30pm; closed Sun.
  • Seasonal times Closed bank holidays.
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  • Website laingartgallery.org.uk
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Laing Art Gallery

The Laing Art Gallery holds regularly changing exhibitions of historic, modern and contemporary art, and events including artist and curator talks and family activities.

The funds to build the Laing Art Gallery were provided by Alexander Laing, a Newcastle businessman who had made his money from his wine and spirit shop and beer bottling business.

The gallery was founded in 1901.

Alexander Laing didn’t leave any paintings or other art to the Gallery. He said that he was confident “…that by the liberality of the inhabitants [of Newcastle] it would soon be supplied with pictures and statuary for the encouragement and development of British Art”.

The gallery today is home to an internationally important collection of art, focusing on British oil paintings, watercolours, ceramics, silver and glassware.

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Events at this venue

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100 Years of Collecting

Unusually, when the Laing Art Gallery first opened in 1904, it didn’t have a collection. Alexander Laing, a successful beer, wine and spirit merchant, first offered to build an art gallery in a letter to the Newcastle Corporation in 1900. Although not an art collector himself, Laing was confident that local people would…

Tue 27 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0191 232 7734

Wed 28 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0191 232 7734

Thu 29 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0191 232 7734

…and 49 more dates until 25 Apr

Chris Killip: The Last Ships

Chris Killip: The Last Ships Chris Killip’s photographs document the lives of working people and their resilience of spirit while at the same time recording the steady decline of industrial Britain. This exhibition, drawing from his archive, includes previously unpublished photographs of shipbuilding on Tyneside.

Tue 27 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0191 232 7734

Wed 28 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0191 232 7734

Thu 29 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0191 232 7734

…and 49 more dates until 25 Apr

Exhibitions Unpacked: Essence of Nature

This significant exhibition traces radically different approaches to depicting the natural world, starting with the Pre-Raphaelites’ ideal of ‘truth to nature’, represented by such artists as William Holman Hunt, John Ruskin, William Dyce, John Brett and Anna Blunden.

Tue 27 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0191 232 7734

Wed 28 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0191 232 7734

Thu 29 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0191 232 7734

…and 49 more dates until 25 Apr

Laing's Little Artists

Art workshops for ages 1–5.

Mon 4 Mar

£6 / 0191 232 7734

Mon 11 Mar

£5 / 0191 232 7734

Mon 18 Mar

£6 / 0191 232 7734

Mon 25 Mar

£6 / 0191 232 7734

Newcastle in Watercolours

The watercolours and drawings on display open a window on the changing character of Newcastle over the centuries and the lives of people in the past. A keelman, a pitman, shipbuilders, street sellers and builders’ labourers all feature. Entertainments include skating on the frozen Tyne, a rowing race and a football game.

Tue 27 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0191 232 7734

Donations welcome, free entry

Wed 28 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0191 232 7734

Donations welcome, free entry

Thu 29 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0191 232 7734

Donations welcome, free entry

…and 49 more dates until 25 Apr

The Pursuit of Beauty

The beautiful and functional everyday objects on display in The Pursuit of Beauty chart the changing tastes of Britain between 1860 and 1960. Although individual fashions changed, capturing beauty remained a central ethos. The period’s unique backdrop of industrialisation, warfare and economic instability led to a divide…

Tue 27 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0191 232 7734

Wed 28 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0191 232 7734

Thu 29 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0191 232 7734

…and 49 more dates until 25 Apr

Tactile Artworks and Alternative Interpretation

The gallery has a number of tactile artworks available for visitors: Large print labels can be provided on request for all temporary exhibitions and most of the permanent displays. Our exhibitions and displays are intended to be accessible for as wide a range of visitors as possible. Labels are written in clear print.

Tue 27 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0191 232 7734

Wed 28 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0191 232 7734

Thu 29 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0191 232 7734

…and 49 more dates until 25 Apr