Be part of the Laing Art Gallery

There are many ways in which people of all ages can get involved in the life of the Laing Art Gallery. There are opportunities through classes, activities, volunteering and the friends' groups occur througout the year.

There are plenty of volunteering opportunities available including acting as a guide, working with the learning team on family fun days or cataloging information.


Friends of the Laing Art Gallery
The Gallery has a thriving Friends group which has been established for over 40 years. By joining the Friends you will be supporting the Laing Art Gallery and will receive:

Regular information about the Gallery and related activities through the Friends' newsletter
Invitations to prestigious exhibition openings
Visits behind the scenes in the Gallery
Art trips both at home and abroad
Lively talks and special events
Visits to other collections and exhibitions
A vote at the Friends' annual general meeting
A gallery calendar of events.
For an application form call in at the Gallery, telephone (0191) 261 0962 or email:

A yearly membership is:
Adults: £12
Joint membership: £18
Families: £21
Students under 21: £5



Interested in art? Want to pursue a future career in the arts? Well then, L-ink would be perfect for you!

The group meets once or twice a month to organise events and exhibitions, work with artists, interpret and discuss art and much more! It is a very useful experience for anyone who are considering studying Art or pursuing a career in the arts, but most importantly, it is just a great way of meeting new people and learning new skills!

If you’re aged 15-21 and are interested in joining L-ink or would like to find out more about the group email

Check out the 'what's on' pages for more information on forthcoming meetings!

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Laing Exhibition Partners
Be part of the Laing family

Exhibitions are the lifeblood of the Laing Art Gallery and every year we aim to bring the best art to the region.

The reality of planning big exhibitions is that they require significant investment and we depend heavily on our family of funders, Friends and individual donors to put them on.

More than ever, we need your help to bring important exhibitions to the Laing and keep admission free. That is why we are asking you to consider becoming an Exhibition Partner of the Laing Art Gallery.

If you share our passion for great art please give what you can because working together we can deliver an exciting programme of free exhibitions long into the future.

If you would like to get involved, please call (0191) 277 2172 or email More information can be found here.


Adult Classes
There are many short adult classes linked to our temporary exhibition programmes. Activities in the last year have included life drawing and talks by contemporary artists.


Family Fun
The learning team provide regular events at weekends and during the children's holidays to keep children of all ages entertained.