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LOCAL ART: Hatton Gallery reopens with exciting exhibition plans for 2021

LOCAL ART: Hatton Gallery reopens with exciting exhibition plans for 2021

Expanded Interiors installed at Pompeii. Photo by Amedeo Benestante

Newcastle University’s Hatton Gallery reopens for the first time in 15 months on Saturday 5 June with an exciting 2021 programme, including a blockbuster autumn exhibition of Pop artists like Andy Warhol.

The reopening exhibition in June will celebrate the work of Newcastle University’s BA Fine Art students, who have completed much of the last year of their degree remotely due to COVID 19. The emerging artists will display their varied work across the entire gallery, and Newcastle University’s Fine Art department, from 5-19 June.

Three years after it was first displayed among the ancient ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii in Italy, Catrin Huber’s Expanded Interiors is being transformed into a new multimedia exhibition at the Hatton. Expanded Interiors Re-Staged, which explores how artworks interact with their surroundings, will be on show from 3 July – 10 August.

The exhibition’s original art installations focused on two Roman houses: the House of the Beautiful Courtyard at Herculaneum and the House of the Cryptoporticus in Pompeii. These houses formed the basis to explore connections between contemporary art, Roman wall painting and archaeological remains.

For this new exhibition, Huber will re-stage her striking geometric artworks in a fresh way that explores their connection with the architecture of the Hatton Gallery. She will also introduce new physical and digital artworks, including an incredible real-time 3D environment that will enable visitors to virtually ‘walk around’ ancient houses in Herculaneum and Pompeii. The exhibition will also include a brand-new commission by fellow Newcastle-based artist, Rosie Morris.

After the success of the Artist Rooms by Roy Lichtenstein exhibition in 2019/20, the Gallery will see more Pop Art legends brought to the region with its Print Goes Pop exhibition this autumn.

Print Goes Pop, 25 September 2021 – 22 January 2022, will be a colourful exploration of the way artists have used the screen-printing method in their work, particularly during the 1960s when many ‘pop’ artists embraced the technique to make vibrant large-scale prints embracing imagery from popular culture. Artists on display will include Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, Victor Pasmore, Bridget Riley, Parviz Tanavoli and Andy Warhol.

The exhibition combines loans from the Arts Council Collection, Tate and the V&A with rarely seen works from the Hatton and Laing collections, such as Eduardo Paolozzi’s Bunk! series. Key loans include several examples from Warhol’s iconic ‘Marilyn’ series.

All of Hatton Gallery’s exhibitions are free entry, with a suggested donation of £5.


Summary of exhibition programme:


  • 5-19 June - Newcastle University Fine Art Degree Show 2021

A celebration of 56 emerging artists that are graduating from the Newcastle University School of Fine Art


  • 3 July – 10 August - Expanded Interiors Re-Staged

A contemporary art exhibition exploring how artworks interact with their surroundings


  • 21 August – 4 September (TBC) - Newcastle University Masters of Fine Art exhibition

An exhibition of work by artists completing their Master’s degree at Newcastle University.


  • 25 September 2021 – 22 January 2022 - Print Goes Pop

An exhibition exploring how ‘Pop’ artists, such as Andy Warhol and Richard Hamilton, used screen-printing to create their iconic artworks.






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