SEND Provision

Meeting the needs of your group

At the Laing Art Gallery we are dedicated to supporting all learners including those who have special educational needs and disabilities. To support these learners we are keen to work in partnership with teaching staff to adapt, as appropriate, our core workshop offer to provide inclusive learning experiences. You can find information about the workshops we offer groups here.

In our downloadable resources we have a pre visit information PowerPoint which you might encounter on your visit. To see our resources click here. These can also be used to help prepare your group for their visit in a pre-visit activity.

Large print labels can be provided on request for all temporary exhibitions and most of the permanent displays.

The Laing also has a number of tactile artworks for you to explore and a 'Touch Trail' to guide you around for free:

  • A tactile reinterpretation of the Gerrard Robinson woodcarving is available in the Northern Spirit gallery.
  • A tactile interactive explaining the different textures within a portrait of Thomas Bewick.
  • A tactile reproduction of the bust of the Gallery’s founder Alexander Laing.
  • A bronze and marble tactile piece which explains the Frosterley Marble tiles in the Marble Hall.
  • A tactile piece to help explain the stained glass window in the Rotunda.

Our exhibitions and displays are intended to be accessible for as wide a range of visitors as possible. Labels are written in clear print. Light levels are usually good, but some areas may have low light levels in order to avoid damage to the objects on display.

To organise a visit that will fully support your group then please speak to one of the experienced members of the learning team on 0191 278 1939 or email