We have a great variety of art and culture in the North East of England, ranging from Contemporary and Modern Art to traditional oil paintings and watercolours. Many of the art galleries offer free entry, exhibitions and events. In addition to this, some galleries have cafes and offer guided tours. For more information on what is available and upcoming exhibitions please follow the link to the organisations listed below.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is a major international centre for contemporary art. BALTIC has no permanent collection, providing instead an ever-changing calendar of exhibitions and activities that give an insight into contemporary artistic practice. In addition to galleries, BALTIC houses a cinema, artist studios, Quay learning facility, library & Archive, shop, cafe and a rooftop restaurant with stunning views.
Admission to the BALTIC is free, and they run daily tours for the public at various times throughout the day.
The BALTIC also run Creative Age sessions every Monday from 10.30am – 12.30pm. These are friendly, creative and inclusive sessions for older adults exploring contemporary art in a dementia– friendly environment. Contact Equal Arts for more information.
The Biscuit Factory is Britain’s biggest original art store. They sell paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, photography, ceramics and glass by artists from all over the world. The displays are constantly changing as work is sold. There is also a restaurant attached to the gallery. Admission to The Biscuit Factory is free.
Gallery North is a large gallery on the site of Northumbria University, showcasing big international names as well as emerging home-grown talent; and cutting edge new art as well as exhibitions of a broader, more historical nature.
The Globe Gallery is a contemporary arts organisation with artists and the community at its heart. Globe’s new base in a disused bank in Newcastle city centre. They host exhibitions and encourage participation from the community through workshops with artists. It is a uniquely vibrant art space providing great conditions for experiencing art and challenging audiences.
The Hatton Gallery has a permanent art collection on display which includes paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings including the iconic Merz Barn Wall. It also hosts regular family activities, events, exhibitions and Newcastle University student’s work every year. Donations welcome, admission free.
The Laing Art Gallery houses an internationally important collection of art, focusing on British oil paintings, watercolours, ceramics, silver and glassware. It holds regularly changing exhibitions of historic, modern and contemporary art, and events including artist and curator talks and family activities. It has a play space for children and a café. Donations welcome, admission free. Admission charges may apply to some exhibitions.
Chain Reaction run a Sunday social club at the Laing Art Gallery every Sunday at 2.30pm. The group is free and open to anyone who would like to pop along for some company and a cup of tea.
The Side Gallery showcases documentary photography and there are talks and events organised around most of the exhibitions.
The Shipley Art Gallery has a range of art and design on show and has permanent collections including fine art, ceramics, wood, metal, glass, textiles and furniture. They also have a varied programme of temporary exhibitions. Admission to The Shipley Art Gallery is free.
Workplace Gallery is a commercial gallery run by artists. It represents a growing portfolio of emerging and established artists through curatorial projects, the gallery programme and art fairs.
The Links Art Gallery is an art gallery which stocks a wide range of quality art and craft with the emphasis on work by North East artists.
The National Glass Centre has a changing programme of glass exhibitions and you can watch artists at work. There is also a restaurant and a shop where you can purchase glass products. Admission to the National Glass Centre is free.
The Newcastle Arts Centre houses a variety of exhibitions, pottery studio, classes, music events, dance classes and an arts and crafts shop. Their website also contains listings of all of the upcoming art exhibitions across the North East.
The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art presents changing exhibitions of new work by artists from around the world. There is also a craft shop where you can purchase a wide range of goods including jewellery and ceramics. Admission is free.
Northern Print is a studio, gallery and education space all dedicated to printmaking. They support artists who make original prints in their professional practice as well as working with school groups and running a programme of classes and events for everyone.
Last updated: February 18, 2021