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Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne: 6 reviews and 10 photos

  The Laing Art Gallery: Arts & Crafts window
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  • The Laing Art Gallery: Arts & Crafts window - Newcastle upon Tyne
      The Laing Art Gallery: Arts & Crafts window
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  • The Laing Art Gallery - Newcastle upon Tyne
      The Laing Art Gallery
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  • The Laing Art Gallery - Newcastle upon Tyne
      The Laing Art Gallery
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  • An art installation in the Laing - Newcastle upon Tyne
      An art installation in the Laing
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This is Newcastle?s city centre art gallery. It contains a mix of permanent exhibits, focusing on the 18th and 19th centuries, and temporary exhibitions. Although not large the gallery is worth a visit as the pictures are well displayed and there are several items of note in the permanent collections. These include a number of paintings by John Martin, a north east artist from the early to mid 19th century. His work was incredibly popular at the time and I have a soft spot for his dramatic and Romantic style. The Laing?s collection of his work is considered one of the most comprehensive in the world.

Other star attractions include a bronze figure by Henry Moore, works by Pre-Raphaelite artists Burne-Jones and Holman Hunt, a Gauguin landscape and some striking stained glass ? the Arts and Crafts window in my photo is by J Edgar Mitchell. One gallery focuses on Art on Tyneside and includes an extensive collection of wood-engravings by local 18th century artist Thomas Bewick.

The temporary exhibits change regularly and are very varied ? we?ve seen a great Biba exhibition in the past and more recently an installation reflecting on the slave trade by Benin artist Romuald Hazoumé as well as one on the rise of industry and another using a kittiwake in flight to reflect on the significance to the city of the Great North Run (see photo four)

There are regular events for children, a small area aimed at under-fives (where they are encouraged to learn about art through play), a café and a shop with some high-quality items such as ceramics and prints. The gallery is open Monday ? Saturday 10.00 AM ? 5.00 PM, Sunday 2.00 PM ? 5.00 PM.

Address: New Bridge Street, NE1 8AG
Directions: Nearest Metro station is Monument. Follow Blackett Street to Northumberland Street and walk straight across into New Bridge Street - the gallery is just ahead, though partly hidden at present by construction of the new city centre library
Phone: %s3 %cb 0191 232 7734
Website: http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 27, 2014
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