Announcing our ambitious 2018 programme

Featuring artists such as Claude Monet, William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Glenn Brown

The Laing Art Gallery has announced its ambitious 2018 programme, which will see work by outstanding artists such as Claude Monet, William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and David Bomberg brought to the region as well as portraits of famous sitters such as Naomi Campbell, Germaine Greer, John Lennon and Yoko Ono.  

The programme will also feature an exhibition and re-hang of the Laing's collection gallery by Hexham-born, internationally acclaimed artist Glenn Brown to coincide with Great Exhibition of the North. 

In brief, the programme includes: 

Paul NashUntil 14 January 2018

Sean Scully: 197010 February – 28 May 2018 (Presented across the Laing Art Gallery and Hatton Gallery)

Bomberg17 February 2018 - 28 May 2018

Glenn Brown16 June – 21 October 2018

The Enchanted Garden23 June – 7 October 2018

Exposed: The Naked Portrait - 27 October 2018 – 3 March 2019 (more information coming soon)

Dressed to Impress - 10 November 2018 – 3 March 2019 (more information coming soon)


In detail: 

Paul Nash

Until 14 January 2018

With four and five star reviews including Guardian, The Times, Londonist and Time Out London, this exhibition of work by Paul Nash comes to the Laing Art Gallery from Tate Britain, London.

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 the iconic war paintings to his powerfully emotional final landscapes.

This exhibition is organised by Tate Britain in association with the Laing Art Gallery and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Supported in Newcastle by the Friends of the Laing Art Gallery.

Admission charges apply to this exhibition.

NB: If you buy a ticket to the Paul Nash exhibition during December you’ll be entered into a free prize draw to win an exhibition guidebook worth £24.99. See website for full terms and conditions.


Sean Scully: 1970

10 February – 28 May 2018

A major retrospective presented across the Laing Art Gallery and the Hatton Gallery.

Sean Scully is renowned globally as the master of Post-Minimalist Abstraction.  In 1968 Scully moved to Newcastle University, it was here that he made breakthroughs which laid the foundation for the rest of Scully’s career.

Presenting paintings and drawings from 1968-1974, this exhibition demonstrates the remarkable early confidence of Scully’s work and the genesis of his continued fascination with stripes, and the spaces in between.

Now in his seventies, Scully has been twice shortlisted for the Turner Prize and his work is in the collection of virtually every major museum around the world.

Free entry, donations welcome.



17 February 2018 - 28 May 2018

Despite scandalous critical neglect within his own lifetime, David Bomberg (1890 – 1957) is nowadays recognized as one of the 20th century’s leading British artists. This major reassessment of his life and career is the first full Bomberg exhibition for more than a decade, and marks the 60th anniversary of the artist’s death.

 The exhibition examines all the major phases of Bomberg’s career, including his audacious early contribution to pre-war British modernism, his unhappy role as a commissioned war artist in both world wars, his masterly landscapes in Jerusalem and Spain in the 1920s and 30s, his penetrating self-portraiture and portraiture of friends and family and his astonishing mature achievements as a landscape painter.

The exhibition is curated by the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum in association with Pallant House Gallery, and comprises more than 60 works. Supported in Newcastle by the Friends of the Laing Art Gallery.

 Admission charges apply to this exhibition.


Glenn Brown 

16 June – 21 October 2018

In 2017, the Laing Art Gallery was the first recipient of the Contemporary Art Society’s ‘Great Works’ scheme. A spectacular work by Glenn Brown was gifted to the collection, and this exhibition will continue to build on the Laing's relationship with the artist.

Glenn Brown was born in nearby Hexham and is one of the most renowned British artists working today. Known for the use of art historical references in his paintings, Brown appropriates images changing their shape, form, colour, and dimension, traversing artistic time zones from the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo through to Impressionism, Expressionism and Surrealism and referencing artists such as Jean Louis Fragonard, Salvador Dalí and John Martin - who was also born in the north east.

This exhibition will feature new works created by Brown, shown alongside his own rehang of the Laing’s painting collection. Curated by the artist, together with Julie Milne, Chief Curator of the Laing, and generously supported by the Friends of the Laing Art Gallery. 

The artwork In the end we all succumb to the pull of the molten core by Glenn Brown was kindly donated to the collection as part of the Contemporary Art Society’s Great Works scheme, with the support of the artist and the Sfumato Foundation.Free entry, donations welcome.


The Enchanted Garden

23 June – 7 October 2018

The Enchanted Garden will bring the Laing’s painting ‘The Dustman or The Lovers’ by Stanley Spencer into the context of major works by British artists from across the UK which explore the garden as a ‘stage’ for the extraordinary, the magical, the atmospheric and the nostalgic.

From the Pre-Raphaelites and French Impressionists to the Bloomsbury Group and 20th century abstraction, artists have taken inspiration directly from the gardens around them. These secret, enveloping and sometimes mysterious spaces are seen through windows, in panoramas and often repeated in different lights and seasons. The Enchanted Garden will include loans from across the UK with artists including Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Beatrix Potter, Pierre Bonnard, Lucien Pissarro, William Morris, Patrick Heron, Francis Bacon, Stanley Spencer, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Claude Monet.

This exhibition is curated by the Laing Art Gallery, with generous support from the John Ellerman Foundation. Supported in Newcastle by the Friends of the Laing Art Gallery.

Admission charges apply to this exhibition.


Exposed: The naked Portrait

27 October 2018 – 3 March 2019

The naked human figure has been a preoccupation of art from prehistory to the present day. This cross-period display of unclothed portraits from the National Portrait Gallery collection raises questions about identity and gender, the real and ideal.

This exhibition is curated by the National Portrait Gallery in association with the Laing Art Gallery.

Admission charges will apply. More details to follow in 2018.


Dressed to Impress

10 November 2018 – September 2019

To accompany ‘Exposed: The Naked Portrait’, this exhibition showcases a wide range of portraits of clothed sitters from the art collections at the Laing, Hatton and Shipley Art Galleries.

Free entry, donations welcome. More details to follow in 2018.


Notes to editors:

About the Laing Art Gallery

The Laing Art Gallery is home to an internationally important collection of art, focusing on British oil paintings, watercolours, ceramics, silver and glassware. 

The Laing Art Gallery holds regularly changing exhibitions of historic, modern and contemporary art, and events including artist and curator talks and family activities. 

The Laing Art Gallery is managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums on behalf of Newcastle City Council and is supported by Arts Council England and the Friends of the Laing Art Gallery.


About the charging exhibition programme

The Laing Art Gallery aims to bring outstanding art to the north east of England. All income generated from exhibition admissions is used to help fund the ambitious exhibition programme.