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We've just confirmed our first Conservation Experience Day this Friday! You can go behind the scenes and work with our art conservation specialists. Find out more at the link below

Conservation Experience Day at the Laing - Laing Art Gallery
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes here at the Laing Art Gallery? Ever wanted to get even closer to some of our paintings?

1:53pm 21 Jul 2014

Sarah Richardson from our art team has written a new blog post about artist Victor Noble Rainbird who fought in WWI

A North-East Artist in the Trenches in World War 1 | Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Blog
This view of soldiers in a trench on the Somme battlefront around Péronne was drawn by Victor Noble Rainbird, a local artist who fought with various battalions of the Northumberland Fusiliers during the First World War. His sketch shows a trench bell, set up to warn of gas attacks. Both sides in the…

9:09am 21 Jul 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 Yemeni Riot in South Shields

18 Jul 2014

I am a MA Art Museum and Gallery Studies student at Newcastle University, as part of my degree I am completing an eight week work placement at South Shields…