Visitor tips

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We've compiled a list of handy tips to help explain why a visit to a cultural institution is special and unique. Education groups might like to get their students to explore this page as part of a pre-visit classroom learning, check out the  Pre & Post Visit page for other ideas.

Tip # 1: Experience with your eyes

Why? Works of art are precious things, and touching them puts them at risk. It might not happen with just one touch, but if everyone were allowed to touch the artworks, they would get damaged and dirty very quickly. Even clean hands are a risk to a work of art, because of the natural oils present in our skin. Gallery staff wear white gloves if they need to touch a work of art.

Did you know? Some works of art in the Newcastle Art Gallery collection are 200 years old or even older. This is hard to believe when you view them because they are in such great condition. This is because they have been well cared for, kept away from bright light, handled with gloves and not touched too frequently.

Tip # 2: Consume culture, not lunch

Why? Food and drink can be messy. Crumbs and food scraps invite creepy crawlies into our building, and spilled drinks might cause someone to slip or fall.

Did you know? Insects and vermin won't stop at eating your leftovers - they will happily have a nibble at oil paintings, and they particularly like the taste of paper. Newcastle Art Gallery has over 6,400 works of art in its collection; many of them are works on paper and we want to keep them safe.

Tip # 3: Capturing the moment (carefully)

Photography inside the Gallery is permitted, as long as it for personal use. Flash photography and use of tripods is not permitted.

Bright light - particularly flash photography - damages works of art and causes them to fade, so no flash photography is allowed. Tripods, and other professional equipment, might also be a trip hazard, plus setting up equipment and flash photography tends to detract from the experiences of other visitors, and we want all our visitors to have a great time while they are here.

Did you know? Even after a work of art has been sold to a new owner, the artist still owns the copyright of that image. Copyright is intellectual ownership protected by law, and it ensures that the ideas inside the work of art are respected. Your photographs must be for personal use only - if your photography is for professional or commercial reasons you must obtain permission from the artist and the Gallery.

Tip # 4: Hold your horses

Why? Running in the Gallery is a risk to both you and to the works of art on display. If you fall you could potentially hurt yourself. Please take it slow.

Tip # 5: Take a load off

Why? Large bags - especially backpacks - might accidentally bump or graze a work of art as you move through the space. Also carrying a large bag around can be uncomfortable and distracting, let us mind your bag for you so that you can properly enjoy your visit. School groups can use our bag trolleys, and individual visitors are sometimes asked to store their belongings with us at the Gallery Shop.