Framing Icons

07 Dec 12 - 09 Feb 13

St Bartholomew and St John the Evangelist. (about 13600 after Giovanni del Biondo), Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University

St Bartholomew and St John the Evangelist. (about 13600 after Giovanni del Biondo), Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University

The Hatton Gallery collection includes a significant collection of Old Master paintings - historical works created between about 1300-1800. These paintings were bought by the Hatton, mostly during the 1950s, as important examples of painting from the past for the benefit of university students and the public alike.

60 years later, these works were showing their age, their brilliance hiding behind inappropriate frames, yellowed varnish and deteriorating, dated conservation treatments. With generous support from Newcastle University’s Conservation Fund and the Friends of the Hatton, the paintings and their frames have been the subject of careful conservation work and a number of the works have been re-framed.

The quality and beauty of the compositions and colours has been revealed, showcasing the skill and grace behind these works. Framing Icons puts the Hatton’s Old Masters back in the picture, demonstrating the enduring splendour of these important paintings.

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As part of the celebration of the final week of the International Print Biennale 2014, on Friday 8 August, 11am-4pm, the Hatton Gallery will be making available to view and handle a large selection of prints from its Permanent Collection, take this rare opportunity to come and view at close hand works from Whistler to Tapies, from 16th century woodcuts to 20th century pop art screenprints.

8:34am 24 Jul 2014

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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.

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