BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Gateshead Quays, Gateshead
Tel: 0191 478 1810
This vast ‘factory’ of contemporary visual art (no permanent collection), is the largest gallery of its type in the world. Housed in a converted 1950s grain warehouse overlooking the river Tyne, it hosts temporary exhibitions by leading international artists that are innovative, provocative and fun.
Further information: www.balticmill.com
Stoddart Street, Newcastle
Tel: 0191 261 1103
Britain’s largest commercial gallery, in a Victorian building and former biscuit factory, sells original art, prints, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewellery and furniture by national and international artists, from £20 to £20,000.
Admission: Free entry
Further information: www.thebiscuitfactory.com
Laing Art Gallery
New Bridge Street, Newcastle
Tel: 0191 232 7734
With a renowned Pre-Raphaelite collection, plus works by early 20th-century artists (including Spencer, Nicholson and Auerbach), John Martin, LS Lowry and Henry Moore, as well as fine watercolours (including JMW Tuner and John Girtin), and a growing contemporary collection, the gallery also hosts touring national exhibitions.
Further information: www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing
Dozens of public artworks including Thomas Heatherwick’s Blue Carpet (outside Laing Art Gallery) and sculpture trails along Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides.
Shipley Art Gallery
Prince Consort Road, Gateshead
Tel: 0191 477 1495
A national centre for contemporary and 20th century craft and design, the gallery has built up one of the best collections outside London of ceramics, glassware, jewellery, textiles and furniture. Plus Design for Life gallery (showcasing the unique and the mass-produced from around the world), Old Masters and temporary exhibitions.
Further information: http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/shipley
Northumbria University, Sandyford Road, Newcastle
Tel: 0191 227 4424
Changing exhibitions of 20th century and contemporary art, sculpture and photography with a strong northern European and regional emphasis, as well as touring national and international shows.
Further information: http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/universitygallery/