Newcastle University’s Hatton Gallery will re-open on 7 October 2017 with an exhibition that will position Newcastle as the birthplace of Pop Art.
The Pioneers of Pop exhibition is based on the several artists and writers, activities, projects and ideas, which were centred around artist Richard Hamilton during his time teaching at Newcastle University, between 1953 and 1966.
The Hatton Gallery will reopen after 20 months following a £3.8m redevelopment made possible thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Professor Eric Cross, Dean of Cultural Affairs, Newcastle University said: “For almost 100 years, the Hatton has been a major cultural resource, important not only for the North East but also nationally and internationally. Unfortunately, the gallery had become tired and no longer fit for purpose; this welcome redevelopment now allows it to resume its rightful place as a significant gallery of modern and contemporary art."
Julie Milne, Chief Curator of Art Galleries said: “Many people think Pop Art started in the USA with Andy Warhol – but in reality, a lot of the thinking and work behind it was happening in the UK, and not just in London but also Newcastle. With the important redevelopment of the Hatton and Richard Hamilton’s strong association with the gallery ‘Pioneers of Pop’ presents the opportunity to explore Newcastle’s role in the origin of this pivotal art movement.”
Press release adapted with thanks from Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums