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Laing Art Gallery

Exterior View of Laing Art Gallery.
Telephone: 
0191 278 1611
Address: 
Laing Art Gallery
New Bridge Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
NE1 8AG
Location Category: 
Assistance and Guide Dogs Admitted
Disabled Toilet
Facilities blind or partially sighted people
Facilities for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people
Level Access
Lift

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.

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

On the ground floor of the Laing is the Northern Spirit gallery which displays outstanding artwork and objects produced locally by people including Thomas Bewick, Ralph Hedley and John Martin. You can also see Newcastle silver, glass and ceramics on show.

Also on the ground floor is the shop, café, learning space, under fives’ area and the beautiful Marble Hall, which is occupied by artworks by Henry Moore and Turner Prize nominee Paul Noble.

Upstairs is the 18th and 19th century display, including internationally important paintings by John Martin, Paul Gauguin and Burne-Jones. This is also where we display William Holman-Hunt’s pre-Raphaelite masterpiece Isabella and the Pot of Basil.

 

Opening times

Monday: Closed (except bank holidays)

Tuesday: 10am - 5pm

Wednesday: 10am - 5pm

Thursday: 10am - 5pm

Friday: 10am - 5pm

Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Sunday: 2pm - 5pm

The gallery will be closed for Christmas from 24-26 December and 31 December-1 January. 

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Overall Rating: 
4
Accessibility Rating: 
4
Service Rating: 
3
Experience Rating: 
4
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