Newcastle’s arty attractions you should check out this Easter

If you happen to find yourself with a little free time in Newcastle this Easter, why not visit some of its arty attractions? Here are a few city-centre options you might want to wander down to for a visit…

Maud Webster
23rd March 2022
Image credit: @hatton_newcastle on Instagram

HATTON GALLERY

On our very own Campus, the Hatton Gallery displays a new exhibition every three or four months in a relatively small venue. You’ve got the ‘The Ignorant Art School: Five Sit-ins Towards Creative Emancipation’ exhibition on at the moment and throughout Easter, which looks pretty cool.

Colourful artworks on a white wall at the Print Goes Pop exhibition at the Hatton Gallery.
Credit: Hatton Gallery via Facebook

DISCOVERY MUSEUM

Head West past the station and come to the discovery museum. If you can bear a bit of ‘kid-friendly’ activity (probably emphasised by the Easter school holidays) then I think it’s a pretty fun visit. They’ve got an exhibition taking you all the way through the development of the city right up to the present day - accompanied by funny but kind of scary mannequins. Anyway, it's worth a look (it’s free) if you're nearby.

SIDE GALLERY

Tucked away near the Quayside is this little photographic gallery, run by the Amber Collective who have been around since ​​1968. It hosts exhibitions on it’s second and third floors, though is currently closed until mid April… so maybe take a visit just before your return to academic routine? 

COLBALT

Credit: Colbalt Studios

Colbalt studios offer a wide showcase of different visual arts, performance film, and music events to the East of the city. Each day of the week has event themed on a different command - Mondays and Tuesdays for 'CHANGE', Wednesdays for 'LEARN & DO', Thursdays are ambiguously labeled 'FRESH', on Fridays it's 'LIVE' and Saturday is 'LEARN & DO'. It''s also a Club venue at the weekends. Check out their current programme here.

NEWBRIDGE PROJECT

Credit: NewBridge Project via Twitter

In their new home on Sheildfield Road, the Newbridge Project hosts exhibition and gallery space, bookshop, as well as workshop areas and artists studios. Similar to Colbat Studios, they have a variety of events going on throughout the month - so look at what's on here.


There you go, five ideas for places to keep you entertained over Easter (or, more realistically, to help you procrastinate deadlines). I even managed to avoid mentioning the Baltic...

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AUTHOR: Maud Webster
she/they | third year architecture & urban planning student @ newcastle | co-head of culture for the 21/22 academic year

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