Laing Art Gallery

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne: Hours, Address, Laing Art Gallery Reviews: 4.5/5

Laing Art Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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The Laing is home to an impressive collection of art and sculpture and its exhibition programme is renowned for bringing the biggest names in historic, modern and contemporary art to the North East. The Gallery has a packed programme of free events including gallery talks, family activities and artists’ events. Donations welcome, free entry. Charges apply to some exhibitions.
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paulac32
Manchester, UK242 contributions
Couples
This gallery is in the centre of town but doesn’t get as much publicity as the Baltic which is on the Tyne. It’s free to enter this - masks are preferred. More traditional art here than at the Baltic. I would also recommend the photography exhibition entitled The Last Ships about the end of this industry in this area which we found very interesting. The cafe was busy but we didn’t try it. Wanted to make a donation but don’t really carry cash anymore. Might be good if they offered the option where you can just ping your card. Definitely visit this gallery. If you like street food and live music you can then walk up the road to Stack where you will find both in abundance!
Written August 19, 2021
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Peter T
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Solo
I don't go to many art galleries however this one was short and sweet and had a decent experience in half an hour (although you could probably spend more time in the gallery). There were a range of pieces donated and bought displayed in a couple of the rooms including local art such as the northern spirit section. Also the exhibition room was interesting; displaying the history of industrial decline in Newcastle through photography.
Written March 6, 2022
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Paul R
Walton on Thames277 contributions
A high quality gallery with a strong eclectic collection of British art and the work of local artists. The current exhibition - Portrait of an Artist' - is alone worth a visit before it closes on 26 Feb 2022. Will definitely return when next in the city. Make sure you visit the cafe if only to see the artwork therein. Street meter parking within easy walking distance.
Written October 13, 2021
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martinmolloy72
Manchester, UK796 contributions
Solo
A small but nonetheless charming gallery that represents the life and culture of Newcastle and the Northeast.

Art works range across the ages and skilfully depict the region up to modern times.

It's free to enter but like with nearly every other gallery on the planet, certain exhibits have an entrance fee.

My favourite painting has to be the blinking cat. You can even buy him on a Tea Towel.
Written March 13, 2020
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sheepygold
london5,082 contributions
Couples
We had an hour here and focused our visit on the ground floor which focuses on local art. We especially loved the paintings including only one Norman Cornish unfortunately. There is plenty of information about each artwork which is great.
Written October 5, 2021
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LauraDaveJames
Solihull, UK3,624 contributions
Couples
This city centre art gallery is free to enter and housed in an interesting Victorian building. We thought it was very well curated and enjoyed the collection of paintings depicting scenes from the local area and history. We particularly enjoyed a Victorian biblical painting that was presented and enhanced by a modern light show.
Written June 2, 2022
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Hambro
London8 contributions
I travelled up from London especially to see the exhibition 'Challenging Convention'. A fabulous exhibition, but the bigger surprise was the Laing itself. I'd never heard of it. It's an eclectic collection of paintings, sculpture, photographs, silverware, glassware... all displayed with easy to read captions. It reflects the culture of both Newcastle and the North East and the civic pride of yesteryear. The staff are helpful and knowledgeable and the café is a delight.
Written August 5, 2021
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Traveller162014
Leeds, UK699 contributions
Family
I visited here with my father while my mother and sister did some shopping in town.
Entry was free although donations of course welcome.
Some of the art was worth seeing, particularly the Northern Soul (if I remember correctly) section and one where there were photographs of Newcastle's industrial decline. Some stuff, particularly the modern art, was rubbish. This is simply due to my opinion of modern art though - it gets me cross that people get paid loads for doing something that you'd expect a toddler to be able to produce. I'm sure fans of modern art would like it though.
Worth a visit though, we did enjoy it.
Written October 27, 2021
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Bryan S
1 contribution
Couples
Had a quick look around the gallery which was ok. Then went into the cafe. A £1 for a tin of pop (no glass, just a tin on a tray) and £3 for a small latte. The pop was chilled and thirst quenching. However, the latte was less desirable. It was awful, bitter and left a foul taste in my mouth... also, the staff seemed to be a bit blasè an uninterested. It was around lunchtime if the managers feel the need to speak with anyone.
Written February 3, 2020
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Hello Bryan S, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Sorry to hear you were disappointed with your latte, our team have had full coffee training and use popular local brand ‘Ringtons’, which we tend to only have great comments about. Did you bring this up to the Supervisor on site during your visit? We always prefer guests to bring this to our attention so we are able to rectify the issue with a replacement or a refund. We will investigate this matter further and discuss this with the team on site at the time of your visit and carry out further coffee training if needed. With thanks, Team Totally Delicious
Written February 4, 2020
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martinjolly45
Glossop, UK45 contributions
I'm not an art specialist but I really enjoyed this gallery. It wasn't overwhelming as many are, but concentrated on its own area's relatively recent life, particularly depicting the influence the sea and coal mining had on its people. I also liked the scenes of fairly primitive riverside life before the recent bridges.

There was also a very engaging set of of its own purchased or donated paintings undertaken by local artists.

The cafe was large and service, particularly if you like loose leaf tea with a strainer, was good.
Written February 1, 2020
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