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18th and 19th Century Gallery
Important Pre-Raphaelite paintings by William Holman Hunt and Edward Burne-Jones are on display alongside a group of paintings by Newcastle’s outstanding historical painter John Martin. The 18th and 19th century collections at the Laing are extensive, including works by nationally and internationally-renowned artists…
Art Class: Drawing in Watercolours
Join us at the Laing for an art class focusing on adding fluid watercolour to drawings, inspired by the Quentin Blake: Inside Stories exhibition. The aim of the class is to learn, express and enjoy. Beginners are very welcome. Materials will be provided. Artist Tracey Tofield is an Associate lecturer with the Fine…
Art class: Story, Sequence and Illustration
Join artist Tracey Tofield for a practical workshop exploring the basics around illustration: line, drawing, composition, colour, shape and form. Participants will develop their own draft paper booklets – for ideas & illustrations already worked on, or, for complete beginners who would like to explore image and text.
Big Wednesday: Tall Tales
Are you good at telling tales, spinning a yarn or fabricating fiction? Be inspired by the Quentin Blake: Inside Stories exhibition and join us for some storytelling fun. Create some fantastical characters, creatures and more for your own tall tales.
Ceramic Button and Jar Making workshop
Design and make your own range of ceramic buttons and matching button jar in this new workshop from Muddy Fingers Pottery. Using porcelain clay and underglazes you can make your buttons to your own design. Use them any way you please - make button jewellery or use them on a bag, cardigan or hat. All materials…
Create your own Hanging Garden
Inspired by the hanging baskets in artist Paul Noble's commission in the Laing's Marble Hall, create your own hanging garden with experienced florist Pins Petals Powder. The type of hanging garden this workshop will help you create is called Kokedama, meaning ‘wrapped in moss’. Create an interesting miniature garden…
Create your own Terrarium
Create a tiny landscape inside a pickle jar. This workshop is perfect for anyone who loves to observe plants. A terrarium is an entire ecosystem, a great experiment and a lovely addition to a side table or windowsill. Learn about the plants suited to a closed terrarium environment and the soil mix that will ensure…
Curator-Led Tour Of Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck And The Artists'eye
Curator Madeleine Kennedy gives an informal tour of the exhibition 'Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck and the Artists' Eye', sharing insights into each of the works on display and the broader themes addressed.
Thu 11 May
£4–£5 / 0191 232 7734
Thu 1 Jun
£4–£5 / 0191 232 7734
Exploring Genius: Genius, Creativity and Disease
Professor Clark Lawlor, Professor of Eighteenth-Century English Literature at Northumbria University, will discuss the fascinating cultural history of ideas of genius and creativity, and their complex relationship to theories about melancholia and disease. This event has been programmed to accompany the exhibition…
Fused Glass Workshop
Create a colourful glass panel in this workshop.
Into the Shadows: Painting with Narbi Price
Internationally acclaimed painter Narbi Price looks at the techniques seen in Bomberg's brooding self-portrait, which is currently on display in Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck and the Artists' Eye. You will then work, with Narbi's guidance, to achieve the power and depth of chiaroscuro in acrylic paint.
Laing's Little Artists
Art workshops for ages 1–5.
Late at the Laing: Whipple Scrumptious Food and Drink
Join us for a phizz-whizzing good time with a Late at the Laing, Quentin Blake style. Enjoy some gloriumptious grub, sample some frobscottle and hear some wonderful tales. More information coming soon.
Thu 15 Jun
£15 / 0191 232 7734
The Late Shows: Everyone's an Artist
‘Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up’ - Pablo Picasso Inspired by Picasso’s famous motto, the Laing becomes a playground to explore your creative side, with music, art and hands-on activities for young and old.
Magic, Mad or Modern: How to Think about Artistic Genius
What is artistic genius? Does it really exist? Is artistic genius magical, mad, modern or something else? Is great art possible without genius? These are just some of the questions raised by the exhibition Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck and the Artists' Eye, which has at its centre the last self-portrait painted by Sir…
Thu 25 May
£2 / 0191 232 7734
Modern Visionaries events programme
Enhance your experience of Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck and the Artists' Eye by checking out our varied events programme, which includes curator-led tours, artist talks, late events and exciting new classes to try. Selected Thursdays throughout the exhibition, 12:30–1pm Curator Madeleine Kennedy gives an informal…
Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck and the Artists' Eye
Inspired by the remarkably innovative style of Sir Anthony van Dyck's last self-portrait, acquired for the nation in 2014, this exhibition pairs the painting with stunning works by major artists of the 20th and 21st century. Like Van Dyck's self-portrait, the selected works offer the viewer direct eye-contact with a…
Sat 29 Apr
Sun 30 Apr
Mon 1 May
Nele/Nellie by Fiona Tan
An elegant video work by contemporary artist Fiona Tan joins the Laing's 18th and 19th century display, having been acquired through a partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, with the support of the Sfumato Foundation and the Art Fund, with the generous assistance of the artist and Frith Street Gallery…
Sat 29 Apr
Sun 30 Apr
Mon 1 May
Northern Spirit is a major permanent exhibition celebrating the achievements of artists, manufacturers and makers from the North East of England. Here you can find out more about some of the objects which are on show in the new Northern Spirit display. Internationally acclaimed art from the Laing Art Gallery’s…
The Painted Face: Part 1
Join us at the Laing for a practical session exploring 'self', using charcoal drawing to investigate bone structure, eye shape, lip shape, light, texture and tone. The class will form the foundation from which to explore makeup artistry in the afternoon workshop, The Painted Face Part 2.
The Painted Face: Part 2
Join us for a practical session exploring the 'self' through make-up artistry that celebrates you as an individual. Building on techniques learned in the morning session, The Painted Face: Part 1, you will learn how to apply colour, light, shade and texture to enhance and define your features using a variety of makeup…
Paul Nash (1889 –1946) was one of the most distinctive British artists of the 20th century and was a key figure in British Surrealism. His art forged an important new connection between surreal and mystical ideas and the English landscape. This significant exhibition spans Nash’s lifework, from his earliest drawings and…
Print and Book Making Workshop
Working with celebrated artist Theresa Easton you will explore a variety of printmaking techniques, which you will then transform into a hand-stitched book. All materials will be provided. Theresa Easton is a printmaker at 36 Lime Street in the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle.
Spotlight on: Picasso's Self-Portraits
Professor Elizabeth Cowling, curator of the National Portrait Gallery’s acclaimed recent exhibition Picasso Portraits, will share insights into Picasso’s unique engagement with self-portraiture throughout his career. This event has been programmed to accompany the exhibition Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck and the…
Teapot Making Workshop
Participants will be able, using the facilities and materials provide, design and make a teapot of their very own.
Under 5s' area
Our under 5s' room is especially for our youngest visitors, where they can dress up, run around and explore. The big mirror and painted landscape means dressing up becomes even more exciting and there are plenty of toys as well. You'll also find a place to park push chairs and seats where you can feed babies.
Unique, Ubiquitous or Unappreciated: How to Value Art and Artists
Can anyone be an artist? What, if anything, is special about the work of artists? Do artists have a unique perspective; do they see things differently? How might self-portraits reveal how artists see themselves, their audience or the world around them? Responding to the exhibition Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck and the…
Wed 10 May
Wanderlust: the World in Watercolour
This exhibition of the Laing’s watercolour collection will take you on a journey through three centuries and increasingly distant parts of the world, starting from a scene of Newcastle. The ever increasing popularity of watercolour combined with new travel routes defined where artists could visit. The artists, along…