Hatton Gallery

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Hatton Gallery
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Newcastle University's Hatton Gallery has been at the heart of cultural life in the North East since it was founded in 1925. In October 2017 the gallery underwent a £3.8 million redevelopment to conserve the historic and architectural elements of the Grade II listed building while creating a modern exhibition space. The Hatton’s diverse collection includes over 3,000 works from the 14th – 20th centuries. Key pieces include work by Francis Bacon, Richard Hamilton, Palma Giovane, Thomas Bewick, Eduardo Paolozzi, Camillo Procaccini, Patrick Heron and Victor Pasmore. The Hatton stages a programme of modern and contemporary art exhibitions, and events including artist and curator talks and family activities. The Gallery works closely with students from Newcastle University and exhibits their work on an annual basis.
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Neil S
Bishop Middleham, UK308 contributions
Have been going to Newcastle for decades but have only recently visited the Hatton (knew about it, just never got round to it)

What a brilliant little gallery. Relatively small but with enough space for four/five gallery areas which can be linked or 'isolated'. Does not have a permanent collection, rather hosts exhibitions, which can be eclectic but the common thread seems to be one which explores the juncture at which science and art meets.

As a space, it is very cleverly constructed. The main entrance is beautiful. Edwardian; tiled floor and ornate cornice. It is done in greys and whites and is very restful. To one side is a very well stocked art shop.

Use of space whilst we were there meant that access to the galleries was through the small but delightful shop (quirky). Off the shop are several rooms, none large - assume they were perhaps one at one point. Some are clearly modern in space and decoration; other retain Edwardian features. What is excellent it that the space recedes, it doesn't crowd the exhibits.

We did have some issues finding it - basically find the Newcastle Playhouse and it sits behind. There are two entrances; the side one has lift access and the gallery is fully disabled accessible. There are toilets in the gallery but no refreshments.

And it was free!

There were several exhibitions on, we were most taken by Illuminating the Self, particularly a large installation by Andrew Carnie; which in a triptych type construction reflected on the nature of self through black and white images of nerves which changed to roots and trees in winter. It was stunning, drawing on Van Eyck, Bruegel and other early Renaissance work but was also relentlessly modern. It was restful and thought provoking. My wife and I left challenged and refreshed. Well worth a visit - runs to 9th of May.
Written February 22, 2020
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992chrissy
Redcar, UK124 contributions
A small gallery with a difference. Well worth a visit. We were welcomed by a lady at reception who explained the layout and tips to make the experience more memorable. We particularly enjoyed the 'Illuminating The Self' presentation which was absolutely fantastic. It's a 25 minute presentation which is mesmerising. We experienced a true sense of peace and tranquillity as the lights were ever changing into images. Totally amazing.
Written January 22, 2020
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maddisonjames6
Scarborough, UK96 contributions
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I visited the Hatton Gallery to see the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition and I would recommend that you go if you enjoy this type of art. The exhibition is displayed in modern spacious rooms and the selection of artwork is brilliant. The staff are really helpful too and it’s free! I especially liked the big room with the pillars and the geometrical paintings on the walls.
Written October 14, 2019
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Thank you so much for the five star review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Our staff will be happy to hear your feedback. Julie Milne, Chief Curator of Art Galleries
Written October 22, 2019
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Rijjy
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK80 contributions
This gallery is part of the university and home to a bunch of arty types. I went to see the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition as I recognised his work. I really liked this place. access was good for my wheelchair, it is free to enter, and the staff were friendly. it is not the biggest gallery so aim to spend an hour here.
what I really loved was the building itself, I studied at Newcastle but us dental students stayed away from the bohemian, slightly scary artists, I loved mixing with the students (who weren't at all frightening), and seeing them at work was a delight and a privilege.
get yourself down here , but do it when the students are in and the old studios come to life.
Written October 9, 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to review your visit. I am so glad you had a good experience and found the gallery to be accessible for your needs. The students at Newcastle University are very much a part of the culture of the Gallery, so I'm glad you enjoyed seeing them around. Julie Milne, Chief Curator of Art Galleries
Written October 22, 2019
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Annette Louise W
North Shields, UK16 contributions
Great gallery to visit in the heart of Newcast;le City Centre. Part of the University of Newcastle. The Exhibition displaying the works of Francis Bacon and Ellen Gallagher was excellent. It's free as well!
Written August 7, 2019
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Thank you so much for the five star review! We hope to see you again soon. Julie Milne, Chief Curator of Art Galleries
Written January 6, 2020
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Judith R
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK30 contributions
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I have been Friend of the Hatton Gallery, for a few years, and also attend the free regular Monday Adult Art Sessions, which often takes its subject from the current exhibitions. The gallery is part of the Fine Art Building at Newcastle University, and has a wide range of exhibitions open to all. I can recommend this Gallery, which within easy reach of Newcastle city centre.
Written October 17, 2018
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Judith R
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK30 contributions
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As a Friend of the Hatton Gallery, I'm delighted to see the new renovations since the gallery reopened in Oct. 2017. There is now extra gallery space and a new learning space. I regularly attend workshops there.There are events for adults and children. There is an accessable entrance, and lift.It is very close to Newcastle, near Newcastle University, and is free to enter (donations welcome).
Written May 14, 2018
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Eric N
Gateshead, UK38 contributions
This gallery is worth going to see just for the Schwitters' wall! Has changing exhibitions throughout the year and sells art books. Good activities for kids and has talks about art and artists which you can sign up for.
Written December 31, 2019
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Thanks so much for the review - the Merz Barn Wall is certainly a highlight in our permanent collection. We hope to see you again soon. Julie Milne, Chief Curator of Art Galleries.
Written January 6, 2020
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AlinaRC
Hertfordshire1,232 contributions
The gallery website informs you of the large collection of important 20th C artworks in their ownership - however, there is no permanent display (except one installation). The galleries are filled with a range of changing exhibitions - which sometimes drawn from their own collection but sometimes don't. There is also often work from the University students on show - from undergraduates to PhDs. It is a little frustrating given the big names whose work they hold, that some space in one of the galleries isn't given over to putting this important work on show.

The one permanent piece on show is by the German artist artist Kurt Schwitter. Really atmospheric space and a rare chance to see work by this artists whose other pieces were casualties of fire and war damage.

The galleries have recently been refurbished recently with funding from the Lottery and as well as providing an excellent space to display artworks, the building is interesting in its own right.

There is no cafe in the gallery and if you feel in need of tea and cake afterwards the excellent independent tea shop - Quilliams is only a couple of minutes walk.
Written August 17, 2019
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Thank you for your review. Our exhibition programme going forward with include temporary shows curated by our art team that will aim to make the most of our permanent collection. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed seeing Schwitters' Merz Barn Wall. We hope to welcome you to the gallery again soon. Julie Milne, Chief Curator of Art Galleries
Written January 6, 2020
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bdon257
Morpeth, UK4,958 contributions
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I visited today for the first time since the major refurbishment. The gallery is greatly improved and the permanent collection was enhanced today by temporary Francis Bacon exhibition. The Merz Barn installation still holds pride of place. I will certainly return when another show is installed.
Written May 9, 2019
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Thank you for the great review and I'm so pleased you plan on visiting again. We look forward to seeing you. Julie Milne, Chief Curator of Art Galleries
Written May 13, 2019
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