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Exciting new era for Hatton Gallery

The University’s historic Hatton Gallery has re-opened to the public after the completion of a 3.8m refurbishment.

The Hatton Gallery re-opened to the public on 7 October following an extensive redevelopment made possible with a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and donations from alumni and others.

The sensitive refurbishment has seen the Hatton undergo a spectacular transformation at the same time as retaining its architectural and historical appeal. Key developments include the reinterpretation of Kurt Schwitters’ culturally important Merz Barn Wall, as well as the creation of a dedicated multi-purpose learning space, improved lighting and environmental systems.

Commenting on the redevelopment, Fiona Watson, Newcastle University’s Philanthropy Manager (Trusts and Foundations), said: “We are very grateful to our alumni who supported this project through the ‘Hatton Future’ campaign and hope that many more are able visit the Hatton again soon to see the stunning refurbishment, restoration and exhibitions.”

The re-opening also offered guests the first opportunity to see the Gallery’s opening exhibition, Pioneers of Pop, which includes around 100 pieces by some Britain’s leading artists associated with both Pop and abstract art.

Also on display at the Hatton is a showcase of archive material from student life during the 1950 and ‘60s. Collated by Newcastle University Library Special Collections, the exhibition features an array of student memorabilia including photographs, snippets from The Courier and material from the Rag Revue. 

A video tour of the Hatton following the redevelopment can be viewed on Newcastle University's Facebook page.

Photo credit: Colin Davison

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