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


A John Martin print from our collection which you may not have seen. This is 'Seventh Plague of Egypt' (1828) and it's an etching illustrating one of the biblical plagues

11:01am 24 Jul 2014

More young visitors busy making space-age accessories. We'd love to see your photos of what you've made

3:30pm 23 Jul 2014


The Secret Bunker

Kitty Brightwell, a former plotter in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) during World War II, tells the fascinating history of Newcastle's Secret Bunker. Find out how this RAF Fighter Command Headquarters in Kenton played a hugely significant role in the Battle of Britain. The film can be used alongside a Box of Delight (our free artefact loan service for schools) from Discovery Museum, and ends with Kitty setting a Secret Bunker Challenge to participants using the artefact box.

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.