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Newcastle Upon Tyne

January – June 2010 Free entry


Situated in the centre of Newcastle, the Laing is home to an impressive collection of art and sculpture. Its exhibition programme is renowned for bringing the biggest names in art to the North East and includes historic, modern and contemporary art. The Gallery’s permanent displays feature important 18th and 19th century paintings including dramatic landscapes by John Martin. Image: Isabella and the Pot of Basil (detail) by William Holman Hunt


Newcastle Reinvented: Views Over the Ages 19 September 2009 – 26 September 2010 Watercolours and drawings spanning more than 200 years celebrate the heritage and renewal of Newcastle upon Tyne. Image: Bigg Market, Newcastle upon Tyne (detail) (about 1945-48), Byron Eric Dawson

No Such Thing As Society Photography in Britain 1967 – 1987, from the British Council and Arts Council Collection 31 October 2009 – 7 February 2010 Recording Britain’s state of transition and civil unrest between the 1960s and the 1980s, this exhibition brings together work by documentary photographers including Martin Parr, Keith Arnatt and Victor Burgin. A Hayward Touring exhibition from the Arts Council Collection, on behalf of Southbank Centre, London. Image: Tish Murtha, Untitled (detail) 1980 - 81 From Youth Unemployment In the West End of Newcastle, Arts Council


The Great British Art Debate: Rebel Nation 16 January – 7 March Artist Luke Caulfield’s portraits of heavy metal fans will be on show alongside a karaoke booth – come and listen to some records, sing some songs and find out how British art has links to popular culture today including alternative music culture. Part of the Great British Art Debate, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and by the MLA’s Renaissance programme. Lightning Strikes Twice (detail) by Luke Caulfield © the artist


Beatles to Bowie: the 60s exposed 6 February – 18 April Exploring the leading pop music personalities who helped create ‘Swinging 60s’, the exhibition brings together classic images of groups such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Who plus early portraits of Cliff Richard, Billy Fury, Marianne Faithfull, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie. Organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London. Image: The Beatles,1964 by Robert Whitaker. Robert Whitaker Archive © Robert Whitaker


Great British Art Debate: Turner versus Martin 13 March – 2 May Turner or Martin - who is your great British artist? See John Martin’s The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah on show alongside Hannibal Crossing the Alps by JMW Turner and put yourself in the shoes of an art critic. Cast your vote and find out about John Martin’s place in art history. Part of the Great British Art Debate, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the MLA’s Renaissance programme. The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (1852)

Japanese Wave 1 May – 5 September Drawing on the Laing’s impressive collection of Japanese art, this exhibition focuses on images and artefacts from the 19th century. It includes prints from Hiroshige and Hokusai’s series Eight Views of Lake Biwa, The Fifty-three Stations on the Tokaido Road and Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, as well as depictions of theatre and geisha. Image: Ishibe from the series The Fifty-three Stations (of the Tokaido Road) by Two Brushes, (detail) Utagawa Hiroshige and Utagawa Kunisada.


Lucy Skaer 8 May – 12 September To complement Japanese Wave, the Laing will be showing works by Turner Prize nominee Lucy Skaer whose work is inspired by Hokusai’s most famous print Under the Wave, off Kanagawa. Image: The Great Wave (Expanded) 2007. Ink and pencil on paper, 141 x 350 cm. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. Courtesy of the artist and doggerfisher, Edinburgh.

Contemporary Art Society Centenary Exhibition 15 May – 24 October An exhibition by artist Michael Dean. Dean grew up in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and was strongly influenced by his visits to the Laing as a child, in particular his interest in David Bomberg’s Sunset, The Bay, North Devon, 1946. Dean will be exhibiting his work in conversation with this painting. Image: Sunset, The Bay, North Devon (detail), 1946 by David Bomberg © the artist’s family.


The Late Shows Saturday 15 May 7 – 11pm The North East’s free culture crawl returns with an evening of late-night events at the Laing. Check The Late Shows website at www.thelateshows.org.uk for more details. The Late Shows marks the international event ‘Museums at Night’, which takes place across Europe.

POSITIONS: CAVEGIRL 3 April 2010 – 2 September 2011 The second part of this new project curated by the Laing Art Gallery and artists CullinanRichards, centred around an iconic sculpture by British artist Rachael Whiteread. This will be complemented by newly commissioned artworks. Image: © CullinanRichards (detail)


Coming soon… The Great British Art Debate: Vision & Imagination 18 September – 5 December Look out for this major new exhibition of rarelyseen British watercolours by artists including William Blake, JMW Turner and William Morris. Part of the Great British Art Debate, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the MLA’s Renaissance programme. Image: JMW Turner, A Lake: Evening (detail) circa 1830. © Tate, London 2010

Café Laing A wide range of freshly prepared meals and snacks are available in the Laing’s popular café.

Laing shop The shop is full of gift ideas inspired by our collections, including jewellery, books and postcards, with a free gift-wrapping service.


Free Talks & Events Wednesday 24 February, 12.30 – 1.30pm A free talk on the exhibition Rebel Nation. No booking required. Wednesday 17 March, 12.30 – 1.30pm Henry Swaddle of Haydon Bridge Development Trust talks about John Martin, his work and his links with the North East. No booking required. Wednesday 24 March, 12.30 – 1.30pm Hear the other side of the Turner v Martin debate with this talk on JMW Turner and his work. No booking required. Wednesday 7 April, 12.30 – 1.30pm See Beatles to Bowie and enjoy some lunchtime live music. Drop-in event. Friday 16 April, 6 ­– 8pm Turner v Martin – the debate! Drop in to this lively evening event and vote for your Great British Artist. Refreshments provided. Wednesday 19 May, 12.30 – 1.30pm Lunchtime talk on the exhibition Japanese Wave. No booking required. Wednesday 26 May, 12.30 – 1.30pm Contemporary Art Society - meet the artist. No booking required. Every Saturday, 11am Picture of the Month – free guided tours by the Friends of the Laing. Free tours at other times can be arranged by calling the Friends of the Laing on (0191) 261 0962.


Free Events for Families Family ARTventures Saturdays and every weekday during the school holidays, 1.30 – 3.30pm. Free drop-in activities for all ages. No need to book - just come along!

Special ARTventures sessions include: February Half Term (15 – 19 February) John Martin Spectacular! 5 -16 April Turner v Martin - take part in creative colour-themed activities. 31 May – 4 June Japanese Wave

Little Artists Every Tuesday during term-time, 10.15 – 11.30am Fun hands-on sessions for under 5s and their adults.

Saturday Art Class for over 8s First Saturday of each month during term-time, 10.30am – 12pm

Under Fives’ Area Open daily. A stimulating environment where children can learn through play. Contact the learning team on (0191) 211 2104 for more details.

Support Us Support our work and help keep admission free. You can donate in person at the Laing, online at www.twmuseums.org.uk/supportus or call (0191) 277 2173. Tyne & Wear Museums Development Trust is a registered charity. Charity number 1055974.


Open Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm Sunday 2pm – 5pm.

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Cover Image: Under the Wave, off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai


Laing Art Gallery exhibitions leaflet Jan 2010