Arts & culture

This is a region at the heart of art!

This is a region at the heart of art!

Traditional or modern, serious or funny, indoors or outside – there's a wide choice in Newcastle-Gateshead.

Angel of the North

Angel of the North

Rising 20 meters from the earth near the A1 in Gateshead, the Angel dominates the skyline. Made from 200 tonnes of steel, it has a wingspan of 54 metres. Getting up close and personal with the Angel is an experience you’ll never forget!

Baltic

Baltic

Expect a dynamic, diverse and international programme of contemporary visual art, with a changing calendar of exhibitions and activities designed to give a unique and compelling insight into contemporary artistic practice.

Baltic 39

Baltic 39

A vibrant community of practising artists located on High Bridge in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. The former Ward’s printing warehouse and distinctive Grade II listed building at 39 High Bridge Street is home to Baltic’s project space.

Blagdon Gallery

Blagdon Gallery

At the Blagdon Gallery you can discover two floors of original paintings, limited edition prints, handmade glass, ceramics, jewellery and much much more. Find it within the grounds of the Milkhope Centre.

Cheeseburn

Cheeseburn

Cheeseburn supports creative projects and presents sculpture in the elegant grounds of Cheeseburn Grange.It provides a showcase for sculpture, design and art, where the public can encounter new and established work.

Discovery Museum

Discovery Museum

Immerse yourself in the history of Newcastle and Tyneside told through permanent displays and temporary exhibitions over three floors focusing on the area’s maritime, scientific and technological importance to Britain.

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral is a place of worship, welcome and hospitality. It forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features breathtaking Romanesque architecture. Guided tours and self-guided tour leaflets are available.

Gallagher & Turner

Gallagher & Turner

Gallagher & Turner is a specialist picture framer and art gallery. The aim is to provide an extensive and high standard of craftsmanship in framing. The gallery also hosts a changing programme of exhibitions.

Gateshead Council

Gateshead Council

While imposing sculptures like The Angel of the North have put Gateshead firmly on the cultural map, there’s a lot more to see. Gateshead is fast becoming an open-air art gallery with more than 50 works of public art and more in the pipeline.

Gateshead International Jazz Festival

Gateshead International Jazz Festival

Gateshead International Jazz Festival’s programme is packed with something for jazz fans of all kinds – from the casual listener to the hard-core jazz devotee. There’s also lots to tempt fans of funk, soul and blues.

Great North Museum: Hancock

Great North Museum

Discover a life-size T-Rex dinosaur replica skeleton, an interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall, displays of the animal kingdom, objects from the Ancient Greeks and mummies from Ancient Egypt, a life size elephant and a planetarium.

Holy Biscuit

Holy Biscuit

Working with schools, community groups, artistic collectives and others, the Holy Biscuit aims to enrich the cultural and social landscape of Newcastle. It welcomes collaborations with like-minded organisations or individuals.

Laing Art Gallery

Laing

The Laing Art Gallery is home to an impressive collection of art and sculpture with it’s programme of displays and events renowned for bringing the biggest names in historic, modern and contemporary art to the North East.

Live Theatre

Live Theatre

Live Theatre is recognised as one of the great new writing producing theatres on the international stage. It aims to contribute to a creative and just society, a population full of aspiration with a thirst for learning.

Mary Ann Rogers Gallery

Mary Ann Rogers Gallery

Visitors are welcome to browse the ever changing exhibition of paintings, prints also cards, scarves, and other exclusive gifts. Awarded ‘Best Selling Published Artist’ in 2009, Mary Ann’s work is highly collectable.

National Glass Centre

National Glass Centre

National Glass Centre is a cultural attraction with a difference. With glass at the heart of everything it does, it celebrates Sunderland’s glass making heritage and explore the creative potential of this extraordinary material.

Newcastle Arts Centre

Newcastle Arts Centre

Newcastle Arts Centre offers exhibitions, music and even some theatre. The centre has studios to make music, shoot photography and exhibit ceramics, architectural glass and graphic design. Find The Jazz Cafe here, too.

Newcastle City Hall

Newcastle City Hall

Newcastle City Hall prides itself on showcasing the finest acts from around the world – the biggest names in the business play the City Hall. You can find this venue in a central location with plenty of transport links close by.

North East Art Collective

North East Art Collective

North East Art Collective is situated on the upper level of Eldon Garden Shopping Centre, comprising of 11 display areas packed with the region’s most representative art. It is the perfect location to purchase something unique.

Northern Chords Festival

Northern Chords Festival

Northern Chords is one of the most exciting North East musical events of the year. The festival brings together artists from around the world to play unique concerts that aim to excite, surprise and inspire audiences across the region!

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

Expect changing exhibitions of work by artists from around the world, bringing new art to new audiences at The Northern Gallery. The gallery offers opportunities to emerging and established artists to present work.

Northern Print

Northern Print

At the heart of Northern Print is a printmaking studio. It’s a welcoming space with professional facilities and technical support. For those that want to learn printmaking or develop their skills, the studio has a programme of classes.

Northern Stage

Northern Stage

Northern Stage is an exciting, dynamic powerhouse of theatre and creativity in the heart of Newcastle. Bold and ambitious theatre, sunny family shows, a raft of participatory work and a cracking cafe bar; you’ll find them all here.

Old Low Light

Old Low Light

The Old Low Light is the north east’s latest heritage centre, exploring the story of North Shields’ maritime history and the courageous communities for whom the river and sea has been an essential lifeline.

Paul Stangroom

Paul Stangroom

Paul Stangroom captures the remote landscapes, fells and forests of the North Pennines. He is known for his Windows series of views looking out from the long abandoned farmhouses and cottages of the region.

Playhouse Whitley Bay

Playhouse Whitley Bay

Playhouse Whitley Bay boasts 638 luxury auditorium seats, a 10 seater corporate viewing suite and a contemporary look and feel to its bars and lounge area, which also features a superb sea view.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum

RNLI

The RNLI Grace Darling Museum commemorates the life of Victorian Britain’s greatest heroine and the story of the wreck of the steamship SS Forfarshire on 7 September 1838. A model of the Longstone Lighthouse is on offer too.

Roman Vindolanda Fort & Museum

Vindolanda

Roman Vindolanda Fort & Museum is situated amongst some of the best preserved sections of Hadrians’s Wall. The fort and museum offers visitors a unique look at the past with stunning displays and with annual live excavations.

Sage Gateshead

Sage Gateshead

An international home for music and musical discovery, bringing about a widespread and long-term enrichment of the musical life. It has an inclusive approach to all its performances, classes and participation programmes.

Seven Stories

Seven Stories

Seven Stories celebrates children’s books. How books are made, where they come from and how we can all enjoy and share them. The centre is situated Victorian mill and offers beautiful views of the Ouseburn River.

Shipley Art Gallery

Shipley

There are five gallery spaces here, showing a range of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. There are also regular events including artist and curator talks, family activities, concerts and vintage and craft fairs.

St Mary’s Heritage Centre

St Mary's Heritage Centre

Celebrating 900 years of Gateshead’s history, St Mary’s Heritage Centre gives visitors the chance to explore local history and family history with a range of exhibitions, resources and activities for all the family.

St Nicholas Cathedral

St Nicholas Cathedral

St Nicholas Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Newcastle and the “mother church” for the Church of England Diocese of Newcastle. The Cathedral is a historically significant building and a spiritual place of quiet serenity.

Star and Shadow Cinema

Star and Shadow Cinema

The Star and Shadow Cinema, in Ouseburn, show a truly independent programme of inspirational and inspired films as cheaply as possible, as well as providing a venue for artists and musicians of all varieties.

SummerTyne Americana Festival

SummerTyne Americana Festival

An immensely popular weekend event that attracts visitors from across the world for a sizzling celebration of Americana music in and around the spectacular setting of Sage Gateshead, on the south bank of the River Tyne.

Sunderland Empire

Sunderland Empire

The Sunderland Empire stages season after season of dazzling entertainment featuring West End musicals, ballet and dance productions, cutting-edge comedy and drama, plus music concerts and family shows.

The Biscuit Factory

Biscuit Factory

The Biscuit Factory is the UK’s largest art, craft and design gallery located in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter. Housed in a former Victorian warehouse, the gallery exhibits a broad selection of original artwork.

The Customs House

Customs House

This 441 seat theatre provides a perfect setting to enjoy a vast range of theatre, community and musical productions! It also offers the best value cinema on Tyneside, bringing you classic films with the very latest blockbuster movies.

The Glamorous Owl

Glamorous Owl

The Glamorous Owl has over 40 local artists showcasing their work in the gift shop and gallery from painters, printers and photographers to ceramics glass textiles and jewellery. The shop has an open workshop, too.

The Globe Gallery

The Globe Gallery

The city centre’s Globe Gallery is a not-for-profit organisation, and have a long history of working with regional, national and international artists. Its aim is to bring contemporary art to as wide an audience as possible.

The Hatton Gallery

The Hatton Gallery

The Hatton Gallery has occupied a place at the forefront of British art practice for over 90 years. Its highly-regarded programme of modern and contemporary art exhibitions are a must-see for anyone interested in art.

The People’s Theatre

Peoples Theatre

The premier amateur theatre company in the North of England and one of the largest and oldest established in the country. The theatre stages up to 12 in-house productions a year in the 500-seat main auditorium.

The White Room Gallery

The White Room Gallery

The White Room Gallery has discovered a wealth of new and talented artists who are delighted to have had the opportunity to exhibit their works next to already established contemporaries in this warm, friendly gallery.

Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal hosts some of the finest drama, the brightest West End musicals, the cream of the comedy circuit, award winning ballet and dance, family friendly shows, sensational opera – and the best Pantomimes in the country!

Tower House Gallery

Tower House Gallery

The Tower House Gallery is a quirky gallery in a historical, octagonal mini castle in Seaton Sluice, with a varied mix of originals, prints, ceramics, bronze work, wood sculpture, mosaics, glass art, textiles art and jewellery.

Tyne Theatre & Opera House

Tyne-Theatre_Opera-House

This theatre’s Grade I listed building has key elements of national importance, including the auditorium and wooden stage machinery. It is a social hub of entertainment, hosting a variety of performances.

Tyneside Cinema

Tyneside Cinema

With four auditoria, an art exhibition space, workshop/meeting rooms and three onsite bar-cafes, Tyneside Cinema is an inclusive, well-used and much-loved cultural venue and social destination for everyone.

Vane

Vane

Vane represents the work of a number of artists, both from across the UK and internationally, as well as showing the work of invited artists in collaboration with other galleries. Entry to the gallery is free.