If you are trying to learn about art in Newcastle upon Tyne you are definitely in the right place and our first section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, local sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
You can jump straight to any section that interests you most by using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Newcastle upon Tyne art map with all of the spots we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
You can take a look at our other posts on art around the UK at that link.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Newcastle upon Tyne
If you want to check out the best art galleries and museums in Newcastle upon Tyne you can head to:
- Laing Art Gallery at New Bridge St
- The Biscuit Factory at 16 Stoddart St
- Vane Gallery at 39 Pilgrim St
- Hatton Gallery at Kings Rd Newcastle University
- Gallery North at Sandyford Rd Northumbria University
- Side Gallery at 9 Side Quayside
- Newcastle Art Centre at 67 Westgate Rd
- Gallagher & Turner at 30 Saint Mary’s Pl
- Abject Gallery at Bamburgh House Market St E
The Laing Art Gallery is open from 10am to 7:30pm daily and has been around since the start of the 20th Century displaying a wide selection of British oil paintings, watercolours, ceramics, silver, and glassware. You can find many works that are hundreds of years old that were created by famous artists like Paul Gauguin, John Martin, and Burne-Jones while Laing also provide local lessons for students of all ages.
The UK’s largest independent contemporary art, craft, and design gallery can be found at The Biscuit Factory which is open from 10am to 5pm daily. They works from over 250 artists on display and you should be sure to check out one of their popular The Late Shows Events.
The Merz Barn Wall by Kurt Schwitters is one of the main attractions at The Hatton Gallery which is open from 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday. Every Saturday from 10am to noon they have free art workshops and activities for all ages.
Almost 100,000 visitors head to the Newcastle Art Centre each year which is a good place to go to get custom picture framing plus they have art lessons in the fall and winter. Head over from 9:30am to 5pm Monday through Saturday to take in all they have to offer.
Another good place to go for specialized picture framing is Gallagher & Turner which is open from 10:30am to 5pm Tuesday through Friday and 11am to 4pm on Saturday.
Materials & Supplies Near You
The best places to buy art supplies and materials in your area are:
- Hobbycraft at Silverlink Point
- Blackwell’s Art Shop at 141 Percy St
- Turpentyne at 10 Ashburton Rd
- Details Art Shop at 67 Westgate Rd
- The Works at 5 Eldon Way Intu Eldon Sq
At Turpentyne you won’t only find a variety of supplies but they also provide Fine Art Drawing and Painting Courses in addition to School Break Workshops for children and teens of any experience level.
Details Art Shop is a part of the Newcastle Arts Centre and they have a nice selection of fine materials available.
Shows & Events
Some of the best local art shows and events in town are:
Every year in mid-May be sure that you don’t miss The Late Shows at NewcastleGateshead which is a free event that usually gets tens of thousands of visitors throughout the weekend. There will be workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, performances, and parties held by local artists, galleries, and historical building around town.
In March and November The Ouseburn Open Studios Events feature several Ouseburn Valley galleries and there will be plenty of art for sale as well as lots of cool workshops and things to do going on.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
When you are ready to find a new piece for your collection or when you want to know how much a piece is worth you can go to art dealers and appraisers near you like:
- Jim Edwards Studio Gallery at 59 Lime St
- The Globe Gallery at 39 Pilgrim St
- North East Art Collective at 45 Eldon Garden
- Castle Fine Art at 61-67 Grey St
- Whitewall Galleries at 39 Northumberland St
You will find a wide variety of works in all kinds of mediums from hundreds of local and regional artists at the North East Art Collective and every week they are adding and updating their current stock.
For contemporary fine art and consultations in your area head to Castle.
The Whitewall Galleries are part of a major national network consisting of over 40 galleries and they can help with sales, consultations, and reviewing your work.
Buying art near you is also possible at many places from our best Newcastle galleries and museums list like the Laing Art Gallery, The Biscuit Factory, Vane Gallery, Gallagher and Turner, and the Abject Gallery.
While not exactly an art walking tour the Ouseburn Graffiti Wall on Maling Street is definitely worth checking out. You would probably also enjoy the Artful Newcastle private walking tours which will take you to some lesser known galleries in the Gateshead area and will include a visit to the Baltic Arts Centre.
Remember that some of the art events like The Late Shows are good times to walk around looking at cool collections as well.
Sculptures & Statues
These cool sculptures and statues around town are fun to take pictures of:
- Alan Shearer Statue at St James’ Park
- Queen Victoria Statue at 44 St Nicholas Sq
- Yesterday Today Forever on Fowberry Rd
- Stephenson Monument at 48 Westgate Rd
- Man with Potential Selves on Grainger St
All the way back in 1903 the Queen Victoria Statue was designed by Alfred Gilbert.
Right near the Central Station around Neville Road you will find the Stephenson Monument that was designed by John Graham Lough in the 1860’s.
Sean Henry created the Man with Potential Selves around the turn of the last century.
Newcastle upon Tyne Art Classes
Whether you need lessons for kids or are an adult who wants to grow his skills you do have choices. In our opinion the best Newcastle art schools and classes near you can be found at:
- The Pottery Experience at 81 Fern Ave
- Just Add Creativity at 9 Jubilee Rd
- NU School of Arts and Cultures at King’s Rd
- Canny Crafty at 147-149 Salters Rd
- Newcastle College School of Art & Design on Scotswood Rd
Not only can you take local classes at The Pottery Experience but they also have fun group parties for kids and adults.
Do you know what many believe the top school for Art and Design in the UK is? NU School of Arts and Cultures.
Another good spot for painting pottery is Canny Crafty.
One of the best colleges for art in the country is the Newcastle College School of Art & Design.
Laing Art Gallery and Newcastle Arts Centre from our first list as well as Turpentyne from our art supply list also offer classes for all ages and skill levels.
Studios For Rent Near You
If you want to rent an art studio in your area try out:
- Cobalt Studios at 10 Boyd St
- 36 Lime Street at Studio 4D, 36 Lime St
- Brick Works Studios at 4 Hannington St
- The Biscuit Tin Studios on Warwick St
- Mushroom Works at 8 St Lawrence Rd
Other places to try and rent local art studios that we have already discussed on this page are The Hatton Gallery, The Biscuit Factory, Vane Gallery, Newcastle Art Centre, and Abject Gallery.
Sometimes the right frame is all you need and some of the best places for art framing in Newcastle are:
- Newcastle Art Centre Frameshop at 69 Westgate Rd
- Factory Framing Centre at 8 St Lawrence Rd
- Reid Framing at Hoults Estate on Walker Rd
- Digitalab at 8 Stepney Bank
The Newcastle Art Centre Frameshop can help you design your own custom frames, do the custom framing for you, and provide consultations.
The Factory Framing Centre is loaded with all kinds of varieties and styles.
For over 30 years Reid Framing has been serving your area.
Gallagher & Turner from our first list also does custom framing and restoration plus you can find more at Hobbycraft from the supplies and materials stores list.
In case you might be interested we have written other posts on:
- Manchester Art Museums, Studios & Classes
- Liverpool Art Museums, Studios & Classes
- Glasgow Art Museums, Studios & Classes
- London Art Museums, Studios & Classes
Have Fun Enjoying The Newcastle upon Tyne Art Scene
We did our best to cover the full art scene near you. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area that you may want to check out.
If you made it this far you likely love the local art as much as we do. If so go ahead and use the comments to share your own tips or to let us know if you think we got anything wrong.
We hope you enjoy your time at the best Newcastle upon Tyne art galleries, museums, supply stores, or doing whatever else you plan to do with the info.