Julie Milne, chief of art galleries (L) stands with Maggi Hunt (R), a founder member of the Laing Exhibition scheme.

Julie Milne, chief of art galleries (L) stands with Maggi Hunt (R), a founder member of the Laing Exhibition scheme.

Exhibitions are the lifeblood of the Laing Art Gallery and every year we aim to bring the best art to the region. The Laing's exhibition programme in 2012/13 includes the stunning exhibition of royal photographs from the V&A followed by an exhibition of work from the Newlyn School in March 2013 and a major exhibition of Old Master Paintings in June 2013 called Divine Bodies.

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.

The Exhibition Partners of the Laing Art Gallery is a membership scheme for people who share a passionate interest in art and wish to support the Gallery's exhibition programme.

For a contribution of £30, members of the Laing's Exhibition Partners scheme will receive exclusive preview tours of exhibitions, regular updates about forthcoming events and their name included on the Laing Art Gallery website.

Maggi Hunt, pictured, a founder member of the Exhibition Partners scheme explains why she got involved:
"I joined the Laing Exhibition Partners because I think the Gallery is a very special place, and I wanted to play my part in supporting the wonderful exhibitions that it provides free to visitors.

"I believe it is important that everyone has access to great works of art, and becoming a Laing Exhibition Partner gives me a direct opportunity to help the Laing deliver an exciting programme of free exhibitions in the future."

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. Click here to become a member for £30, or to give another amount please call (0191) 277 2196 or email

Current Laing Exhibition Partners:

Mr P Atkinson

Mr John Beesley

Mr & Mrs Tim Binmore

Dr G Blessed

Dr Helen Brooke

Mr Trevor Burbidge

Mrs Christa Clemmetsen

Dr S J Cleverly

Mr Daryl Dowdall

Mr Anthony Downing

Mr Richard John Dugdale

Mr Anthony Edwards

Mrs Vera Fletcher

Ms Lesli Godfrey

Mr John Gray

Ms Carole Howells

Ms Maggi Hunt

Mr James Jonas

Mr Mark Keville

Mr & Mrs John Kinghorn

Mrs Anne Kirkman

Prof Henricke Laehnemann

Dr Ian Laing

Mr James Malpas

Mrs Valerie Metcalf

Dr Barbara Morden

Mrs Janet Murrell

Mr & Mrs A M Rowland

Dr Brien Ridley Roy

Mr Michael N Rudden

Mrs Janet Rutherford

Mrs Ros Share

Ms Annie Simpson

Ms Janet Simpson

Mr Peter Skevington

Fr Leonard Skinner

Mr Steven Smith

Ms Irene Soulsby

Mrs E C Storey

Mr Jonathan Storey

Mr James Tarn

Miss C Thompson

Mrs Mary Warner

Mr & Mrs W H Watson