Saturday Art Classes for over 8s

10.30am - 12pm.

On the first Saturday of each month, come and join us in some Saturday art fun for the over 8s! Work with an artist to develop different art techniques, using the Laing's exhibitions as inspiration.

Saturday 2 November-Over 8s' Art Class are invited to join in with a free illustration workshop led by professional illustrators Helen Ward and Niroot Puttapipat, from Pictura colouring books and join in and help to create a giant art wall with artist Simon Terry.

Saturday 7 December - no class. Join in with our Big Reindeer Saturday instead!

The classes are 4 and if you bring a sibling it is 2. Places are limited to 25 places on a first come first served basis. Meet in the All About Art room to take part and there is and there is no need to book. For more details contact the learning team on (0191) 211 2102 or email


Hi everyone, hope you all had a nice Easter with lots of eggs. It's a bit rainy out there so here's a rainy central station painting to match. 'Central Station, Newcastle upon Tyne' by M Norman.

1:07pm 22 Apr 2014


Matthew Darbyshire: Oak Effect

Artist Matthew Darbyshire talks to us in his studio about creating Oak Effect. This major new installation at The Shipley Art Gallery (25th January - 17th May 2014) by one of Britain's most exciting artists Matthew Darbyshire consists of a huge variety of wooden objects arranged in a home interior, itself constructed wholly from oak veneer. The objects were chosen by Matthew Darbyshire from the venues and stored collections managed by Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums including those of the Natural History Society of Northumbria. Oak Effect explores a world of collisions between objects, styles and eras and creates an unsettling tension between the authentic and artificial. The installation was displayed at Bloomberg Space, London in April 2013 and is a collaboration between Bloomberg SPACE, Tramway Glasgow and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.


The Berengaria visits the River Tyne

17 Apr 2014

Over the past couple of months, work has been progressing steadily on the ‘Workshop of the World’ project. I’ve been working through the…