Pioneers of Pop

The inaugural exhibition following the Hatton Gallery's £3.8million redevelopment

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Until 20 January 2018

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Monday - Saturday

10am - 5pm

Free entry, donations welcome


The Hatton Gallery at Newcastle University re-opens on 7 October 2017 following a 20-month, £3.8million redevelopment funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with a ground-breaking exhibition that will firmly – and correctly - position Newcastle as the birthplace of Pop Art.

The Hatton has played a unique role in the development of British Art, with its history intimately entwined with some of the most influential artists of the 20th century. The exhibition Pioneers of Pop revolves around the numerous artists and writers, activities, projects and ideas which had at their centre artist Richard Hamilton, during his time teaching at Newcastle University (1953-1966).

Pioneers of Pop includes around 100 works by some of the leading British artists associated with both Pop and abstract art - Eduardo Paolozzi, David Hockney, Richard Smith, Ian Stephenson, R.B Kitaj, Joe Tilson and, of course, Hamilton himself. 

The exhibition will include works created in a wide range of media, including paintings, prints, collages, magazines and photographs – from lenders across the UK, such as Tate, V&A, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Abbot Hall, Pallant House, and Arts Council England. 

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Image: Richard Hamilton. Just what was is that made yesterday’s homes so different, so appealing, (Upgrade) 2004. © R. Hamilton. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017. Photo: Richard Hamilton Archive