Our Collections

Please note that we are now closed for redevelopment. Most of the artwork from the collection will be stored while work is underway and some items may go on display at other art galleries in the city.

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.