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…
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 This exhibition, drawing from his archive, includes previously unpublished photographs of shipbuilding on Tyneside.
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.
Laing's Little Artists
Art workshops for ages 1–5.
Mon 4 Mar
Mon 11 Mar
£5 / 0191 232 7734
Mon 18 Mar
Mon 25 Mar
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
Wed 28 Feb
Thu 29 Feb
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…
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.