Essential Information

About the Gallery

Situated in the centre of Newcastle University Campus and described in recent years as ‘one of the most impressive exhibition spaces in Britain’, the Hatton Gallery has been at

the heart of cultural life in the North east since the early twentieth century.

The Hatton stages a highly regarded programme of historical, modern and contemporary

art exhibitions. On permanent display is Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbarn Wall , considered by many to be one of the seminal artworks of the twentieth century.

The Hatton also has a permanent collection of over 3,500 works ranging from the renaissance to the twentieth century and includes works by Francis Bacon, Walter Sickert, Tiburzio Passarotti, John Martin, Patrick Heron, William Roberts, Richard Andsell, Richard Hamilton and John Graham Lough.

Work from the collection can be viewed by arrangement in the Archive Space.


The shop sells an attractive range of art books, periodicals, cards, jewellery and much more. It also sells a range of affordable items for children.

Toilet Facilities

There is a single toilet with disabled access on the same floor as the gallery.


Admission to the gallery and most workshops is free.

Planning a Visit

Contact Hazel Barron-Cooper, Learning Officer by emailing or call 0191 208 6059

School Groups

  • Visit the gallery before you bring your group
  • Produce a risk assessment for your visit using the gallery’s Hazard Identification Sheet
  • Groups must book in advance of their visit. Early booking is recommended
  • Groups may be self led or a workshop can be booked on request. There is an option of workshops for each exhibition.
  • Each group of 10 children should have a minimum of 1 adult to accompany them.
  • It is recommended that a group size should be no larger than 35.
  • Please explain to your group the purpose of the visit
  • Please remember that you are responsible for your group at all times
  • Please inform the learning staff of any access requirements members of your group may have.
  • Unfortunately we do not have facilities for packed lunches.

Booking a Visit

It is advisable to book well in advance to secure a visit to the Hatton.

Contact Hazel Barron-Cooper, Learning Officer, by emailing or call 0191 208 6059 to arrange visit.

You will need to give the following information:

  • Date and time of visit. Visits are available 10.00-11.30and 1.00-2.30
  • Name of school, college or group
  • Address, post code, telephone , email details
  • Type of group e.g. primary, secondary, college, community group
  • Year group if school
  • Number of children and adults in group
  • Access requirements
  • Travelling by coach or public transport
  • Workshop required.

You will then receive a confirmation of your booking by email.

When you Visit

Please report to main reception desk and sign in on behalf of your group.

Coaches may drop groups off in the parking bay alongside the Great North Museum.

Workshop Format

The workshops are led by a member of the learning team and sometimes practising artists.
A tour of the current exhibition and discussion about the artworks .
Practical session based on the works they have looked at

N.B. Workshops can be tailor made for you if you wish to work to a particular theme.

Self Led Visits

Self led visits by primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and all community groups are very welcome. Please phone to inform learning staff of your planned visit.

Hazard Identification

We do not have a Risk Assessment you can download, as the Department of Education's publication 'Safe Keeping' states, ‘the group leader should carry out a risk assessment’. However each venue has a Hazard Identification Sheet which, along with your preliminary visit, will help you write your risk assessment.

The Hazard Identification Sheets can be downloaded from here. For further help please contact the venue Learning Team directly.