Our Collections

One of the most important pieces in our collection is the Kurt Schwitters' Merz Barn Wall. Constructed in a barn in the Lake District during 1947-48, the Merz Barn was Schwitters' final, and in his own estimation, 'greatest', piece of work.

The wall was transported to the gallery in 1965 and incorporated into the fabric of the building, considered as a work of international significance it is permanently displayed in the gallery.

Our painting collection includes works from the 14th century to the present day. Key pieces include work by Francis Bacon, Richard Hamilton, Palma Giovane, Thomas Bewick, Eduardo Paolozzi, Camillo Procaccini, Patrick Heron, William Roberts, Victor Pasmore and Richard Ansdell. Watercolours by Wyndham Lewis, Thomas Hair and Robert Jobling are also held.

Limitations of space and the extensive programme of temporary exhibitions means that it is not possible to have the whole collection on permanent display; however pieces from the collection are often used in conjunction with internal and touring exhibitions.

The Hatton Gallery is dedicated to facilitating the research and development of its collection on all levels and welcomes those interested in the permanent collection.

For more information tel: (0191) 208 6059 or email info@hattongallery.org.uk.

Donations to the collection or bringing in items for identification

Please get in touch with us (via phone, email or letter) before bringing in your items to describe what you would like to offer, or what you need help with identifying. Send us a photograph if possible.

We’ll reply letting you know if your offer is something we can accept, if we need more information, if we cannot accept your offer or to arrange a time for you to bring your item in.

There are a variety of reasons that we may not be able to take your donation. We have a Collections Development Policy that we must use when making a decision.

Please note that unless there are compelling and legitimate reasons, hazardous objects and substances will not be accepted.