Newcastle Art Galleries
(Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, UK)
Newcastle has rapidly become a city of culture and vibrancy, with many art museums and intimate galleries reflecting this status. Particularly notable in Newcastle is the Buddle Arts Centre on Station Road, which is a Grade-II listed building and formerly operated as a primary school, before being used as an exhibition venue for art, music and theatrical productions.
Just a short distance from Newcastle and opened in the summer of 2002, the acclaimed Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art stands right next to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, where international contemporary pieces of the highest standard are showcased. Each year, the Baltic gallery attracts well in excess of 500,000 visitors and continues to offer a variety of changing exhibitions. In 2007, the learning centre named the 'Quay' opened in the Baltic gallery, being designed to allow visitors to interact with the art works more closely.
Buddle Arts Centre
Address: 258B Station Road, Wallsend, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE28 8RG, England
Tel: +44 (0)191 200 7132
The Buddle Arts Centre is situated in the North Tyneside area of the city, being close to the Wallsend Golf Club and the Forum Shopping Centre. Home to a number of temporary exhibitions of paintings, sculptures, arts and crafts exhibits, ceramics and many seasonal events, the Buddle Arts Centre stands on Station Road (A186) and is just a short distance from both the Wallsend Memorial Hall and the Segedunum Roman Fort Baths.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 13:00 to 17:00
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Address: South Shore Road, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE8 3BA, England
Tel: +44 (0)191 478 1810
The recently developed Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art resides in nearby Gateshead and ranks as nothing short of a world-class art institution. Located in a restored flour mill, next to the River Tyne, the prestigious Baltic Centre cost almost £50 million to create and has become a major tourist attraction in its own right. Particular highlights include a rooftop restaurant, large exhibition spaces, workshops, studios and a gift shop.
Open hours: Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday - 10:00 to 19:00, Thursday - 10:00 to 22:00, Sunday - 10:00 to 17:00
Address: Ouseburn Warehouse Workshops, 36 Lime Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 2PQ, England
Tel: +44 (0)191 230 4474
The Cluny is a lively café with an interesting dedicated gallery area, occupying the Ouseburn Warehouse Workshops on Lime Street, next to the River Tyne. Also featuring regular live music, good food and many temporary art exhibitions, the Cluny has become one of the city's most trendy eateries.
Open hours: Monday - 12:30 to 15:30, 17:30 to 23:00, Tuesday to Saturday - 11:00 to 23:00, Sunday - 12:00 to 22:30
Address: The Quadrangle, Claremont Road, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 7RU, England
Tel: +44 (0)191 222 6057
The Hatton Gallery can be found standing on the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne's Quadrangle and is just a short distance from Exhibition Park and the Eldon Garden Shopping Centre. Featuring a large and impressive collection, including a number of paintings by many world-famous artists, the Hatton also hosts frequent rotating exhibitions of art.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 10:00 to 17:30, Saturday - 10:00 to 16:30
Laing Art Gallery
Address: Higham Place / New Bridge Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 8AG, England
Tel: +44 (0)191 232 7734
The Laing Art Gallery, in the city centre, is a spectacular venue with paintings by many world-famous artists, including the likes of Henry Moore. Located on the southerly outskirts of the University of Northumbria campus, the Laing comes with a permanent collection of paintings and sculptures, and also hosts many temporary exhibitions each year.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00, Sunday - 14:00 to 17:00
Newcastle Arts Centre
Address: 55 - 57 Westgate Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 1SG, England
Tel: +44 (0)191 261 5618
Located on Westgate Road, in the city centre, the Newcastle Arts Centre occupies a series of previously abandoned buildings and features temporary exhibitions, a well-stocked shop area and various theatrical events. Each year the centre attracts close to 100,000 visitors and makes around 80,000 sales. Various studios are based here, specialising in everything from pottery and photography, to music, glass and graphic design.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 17:15
Shipley Art Gallery
Address: 1 Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE8 4JB, England
Tel: +44 (0)191 477 1495
The Shipley Art Gallery resides in the neighbouring city of Gateshead and dates back almost 100 years, being one of the most outstanding in the Tyne and Wear area. Featuring a Contemporary Craft Gallery with many wonderful exhibits, other attractions at the Shipley include seasonal events and workshops. Visitors may also like to take a stroll around the nearby Saltwell Park, which is within easy walking distance.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 17:30, Saturday - 09:00 to 17:00
Address: 548 - 560 Shields Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE6 2UT, England
Tel: +44 (0)191 265 6857
Partnered with the City Council, the Waygood Gallery has recently relocated to Shields Road, on the easterly outskirts of the city, close to the Byker and Heaton suburbs. Visitors should expect regular changing exhibitions by local artists.
Open hours: Wednesday to Saturday - 11:00 to 17:00