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  • Visit the Laing Art Gallery for a stimulating, educational and fun trip learning about local and international art through exhibitions, talks, events and interactive displays.
  • Inspire your little ones and check out out the extensive programme of fun family events that you can get involved in, like painting, listening to curator talks and more
  • Don't miss out on the ever-changing and permanent exhibitions and interactive displays showcasing local people and the things that make Newcastle great.
  • Let off some steam in the play area where your kids can run about, let their imaginations run wild and have a blast.

The Laing Art Gallery offers a fantastic day out in Tyne and Wear, one of the great Newcastle museums, holding regularly changing exhibitions that feature art from history to present day, plus a jam-packed schedule of events that include family activities and artist and curator talks. Managed by Tyne Wear Archives & Museums, for Newcastle City Council, the Laing Art Gallery boasts a diverse range of art of local and international esteem, located in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. Art lovers, the curious and families alike will love the impressive collection of art and sculpture, along with the exhibition programme that is renowned for bringing the biggest and best names in the historic, modern and contemporary art world to the North East of England. This art gallery in Newcastle makes for a memorable day out.

The Laing Art Gallery has many impressive and significant permanent collection and displays that often become family favourites, and enjoyed all throughout the year, from , a sculpture by Henry Moore, the incredible landscape artworks by 19th-century painter John Martin, the watercolours of this display are of national importance, and there is a vast decorative art collection to enjoy, too. Plus, don't miss out on the wood carving by Gerrard Robinson and other magnificent artwork by J. M. W. Turner, Paul Gauguin and Stanley Spencer. The pieces that feature in the exhibitions at Laing Art Gallery change often to showcase the spectacular range of art in the collection as well as featuring the touring exhibitions that you definitely don't want to miss out on.

If you're looking for art and history relating to the north, then the Northern Spirit exhibition has you covered; a major permanent exhibition that celebrates the achievements of manufacturers, artists and makers from the North East of England, like the engraver and naturalist who is internationally acclaimed, Thomas Bewick, along with and the Beilby family of glass enamelers, too. On the ground floor of the Laing Art Gallery, for the the Northern Spirit you will find artwork and pieces produced locally by artists including Thomas Bewick, Ralph Hedley and more. So, for your dose of Northern art and history, this is the Newcastle Museum for you.

If you're wondering what to see in Newcastle, don't miss out on the popular programme of Laing Art Gallery events , many of which are free, all running throughout the year, including talks from the leading contemporary artists of our generation, plus Picture of the Month talks at the Laing Art Gallery and, of course, fun activities that all families can get involved in. From free exhibitions talks, to family friendly activities like Little Artists for your little ones, plus artist hosted events and talks, like the Art Deco by the sea talks, there's always something to keep the family entertained and informed at this art gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Visit the displays at the Laing Art Gallery that showcase local people and their photographs, stories and films. Working with the International Centre for Culture and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University, the Laing Art Gallery set out to explore the relationships that exist between art, identity and place among the local people of Tyne and Wear. What's great about this display is that it is interactive, really allowing your kids to engage with the information given on the pieces of art, which is all displayed via touch-screen computers and an interactive map of photos and text, providing an ever-changing image and record of the art and contemporary culture that exits in the North East. For more fun learning, with interactive displays and exhibitions, check out the Life Science Centre, which explores science, discovery and more through displays, live experiments, and more - they even have an ice-rink. There's also the Discovery Museum, which is another incredible Newcastle museum.

The Laing is visited by many people often who flock to come enjoy their great temporary exhibitions on offer, marvelling at paintings from all over world and from different time periods. Newcastle silver, glass and ceramics are also on display. Have a blast in the Playspace, which especially designed for the youngest visitors with the littlest of legs, where they can dress up, run around and explore in this wonderful space, fit for learning and and fun. Featuring new dens and items often, this circus-themed space has a light table, dress-up and new books and toys to discover and play with. You'll also find a place to put your pushchairs and seats for you to feed babies.

For more fun in galleries, at exhibitions, events, talks and more, then you absolutely have to check out Seven Stories, a charity bringing children's books to life through exhibitions, interactive, sensory displays, workshops and more.

What to know before you go

  • Laing Art Gallery opening times are 10am – 4.30pm.
  • When you're feeling peckish, visit the Laing Art Gallery Cafe, which serves both hot and cold drinks, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts.
  • There are toilets, accessible toilets, unisex toilets, located on the ground floor, some on the first floor, plus baby-changing facilities in the accessible toilets.
  • There are lifts and stairs providing access to the ground and first floors. Assistance dogs are welcome, water bowls can be provided.
  • Wheelchairs are available for use.

Getting there

  • Laing Art Gallery is located on New Bridge Street in Newcastle.
  • If travelling via public transport, the Gallery is right in the heart of Newcastle city centre and is a five-minute walk from Monument Metro station. The Gallery is well signposted from the station. All buses stopping at the Haymarket are around a 10-minute walk, alternatively, there are buses that stop at at Pilgrim Street and this is 3 minutes away from the gallery.
  • If travelling via car, the Laing Art Gallery is just off the A167 (M) on New Bridge Street and John Dobson Street in Newcastle City Centre.
  • Parking is available behind the Gallery. Alternatively, look here for NCP parking, which is also very close to the Laing Art Gallery.

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