Art Deco by the Sea

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The first major exhibition to explore how the Art Deco style transformed the British seaside during the 1920s and 30s.

"Summer" 1929.32, Thomas Martine Ronaldson © Manchester Art Gallery / Bridgeman Images.


Until Saturday 27 February

Visitor information

Temporarily closed until 2 December

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday10am-4.30pm
Bank holidaysClosed

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Alternatively you can purchase tickets on the day from the gallery. Plan your visit here.


Donation ticket£12
Standard ticket£10
12 and underFree
Family ticket**£20
Multi-visit ticket£19
Membership ticket***£5
Multi-visit ticket for members***£12

All funds raised from the sale of tickets for this exhibition go towards directly supporting the work of the Laing Art Gallery.

Max Card holders, members of NMDC and Museum Association and exhibition lenders: Free

*Concessions include senior citizens, 12-18 year olds, students, registered unemployed, disabled people (plus free entry for one carer).

**Two adults and two 12-18 year olds or one adult and three 12-18 year olds.

***Membership discount applies to Friends of the Laing, Art Fund members and Laing Exhibition Partners.

To be eligible for discounts you must show proof of age/status/membership


Art Deco by the Sea is the first major exhibition to explore how the Art Deco style transformed the British seaside during the 1920s and 30s.  Art Deco became the style of pleasure and leisure, as coastal resorts were modernised, new resorts established and transport networks modernised, to meet the needs of a new age in mass tourism. The show will celebrate iconic examples of seaside architecture, from hotels and apartment blocks to lidos and cinemas, and it will show how the Art Deco style permeated all aspects of life by the sea from fashion and furniture to fairgrounds and funfairs.  The exhibition will include around 120 works drawn from public and private collections across the UK.

This exhibition has been developed by The Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. Admission charges apply.

Watch a short film about the exhibition - part of BBC Arts' Culture in Quarantine series. 

Exhibitions Unpacked: Art Deco by the Sea

Keeper of Art, Sarah Richardson unpacks Art Deco by the Sea at the Laing Art Gallery. Watch below:


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