Laing Art Gallery

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Laing Art Gallery
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Laing Art Gallery is located in Tyne and Wear
Laing Art Gallery
Red pog.svg Laing Art Gallery shown within Tyne and Wear
OS grid reference  NZ251645
LocationNewcastle upon Tyne, England
Coordinates54°58′30″N 1°36′32″W / 54.975°N 1.609°W / 54.975; -1.609

The Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, is located on New Bridge Street. The gallery was designed in the Baroque style with Art Nouveau elements by architects Cackett & Burns Dick and is now a Grade II listed building.[1] It was opened in 1904 and is now managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. In front of the gallery is the Blue Carpet. The building is Grade II listed.[2]

The gallery collection contains paintings, watercolours and decorative historical objects, including Newcastle silver.[3] In the early 1880s, Newcastle was a major glass producer in the world and enamelled glasses by William Beilby[4] are on view along with ceramics (including Maling pottery), and diverse contemporary works by emerging UK artists. It has a programme of regularly rotating exhibitions[3] and has free entry.

The gallery's collection of seminal paintings includes John Martin's dramatic The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah,[5] as well as important works by Sir Joshua Reynolds,[6] Edward Burne-Jones (Laus Veneris),[7], Isabella and the Pot of Basil from 1868 by William Holman Hunt,[8] and Ben Nicholson.[4] Local paintings include pictures by Ralph Hedley.[9] There is also an extensive collection of 18th- and 19th-century watercolours and drawings, including work by J. M. W. Turner[4] and John Sell Cotman.[10]


  1. ^ "Public Art Online Regeneration Case Studies - Blue Carpet". Archived from the original on 17 October 2014.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Laing Art Gallery (1145885)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b "About the Laing | Laing Art Gallery".
  4. ^ a b c "Our collections | Laing Art Gallery". Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Laing Art Gallery". Art UK.
  6. ^ "Portrait of Mrs Elizabeth Riddell by Sir Joshua Reynolds". Art Fund.
  7. ^ "Laus veneris". Art UK. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Laing Art Gallery’s Companion Guide Book marks 110 years of history | Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Blog". Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 April 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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