Art Galleries in Newcastle

Art Galleries in Newcastle

Newcastle upon Tyne hosts some of the top art galleries in the UK and is fast becoming the cultural capital outside of London. The city is now home to an energetic art scene, which has been inspired by the presence of creative students from Northumbria and Newcastle University.

Below you can find information about the most popular art galleries in the area, but keep your eyes open for small exhibitions popping up everything!

Laing Art Gallery

Laing Art Gallery

Laing Art Gallery holds oil paintings, watercolours and Newcastle silver. In the early 1880s, Newcastle was the greatest glass producer in the world and enameled glasses by William Beilby 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.

Admission to the art gallery is free to all visitors.

Hatton Gallery

Hatton Gallery Newcastle

With a permanent collection boasting more than 3,500 works from the 14th to the 20th century, including paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings – and starring the Merzbarn, the only surviving Merz construction by Kurt Schwitters. The Hatton Gallery, located in the Fine Art building on Newcastle University campus, has a wide range of work to be appreciated.

Admission to the art gallery is free to all visitors.

The Biscuit Factory

Biscuit Factory Newcastle

The Biscuit Factory opened in 2001 and has fast become one of the largest commercial art galleries in the country. Visitors are welcomed to come and have a look around at the wide collection of paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, glass, furniture and jewellery that are being hosted at the gallery.

You can buy a piece of art for between £20 – £10,000 — giving you the opportunity to come home with a unique memento of your visit to Newcastle. Check out the latest collection at the online on the Biscuit Factory Website.

Admission is to the art gallery is free to all visitors.

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art is an international centre for contemporary art located on the Gateshead side of the River Tyne. The art centre attracts artists from around the world to contribute to exhibitions and events that are constantly changing.

The international reputation has seen world-renowned artists such as Damien Hirst and Yoko Ono feature on its superb exhibition programme. In 2011, the BALTIC played host to the Turner Prize, which attracted more than 150,000 visitors to the art centre.

Admission to the art centre is free to all visitors.

Shipley Art Gallery

Shipley Art Gallery Gateshead

Shipley Art Gallery is located in an Edwardian, Grade II listed building, in the heart of Gateshead — only 10 minutes bus journey from Newcastle.

Over the last 25 years, the gallery has become established as a national centre for contemporary craftwork. It has built up one of the best collections outside London, which includes ceramics, wood, metal, glass, textiles and furniture.

In 2008, the Shipley opened its new Designs for Life gallery which showcases the gallery’s collections of contemporary craft and design. The Gallery also hosts a varied programme of temporary exhibitions and has a strong partnership with the V&A Museum in London.

Admission to the art gallery is free to all visitors.