The Laing Art Gallery was our venue for the outing on Thursday, March 15th. One exhibition centred on Sting’s commissioned painting “Northern City Renaissance, Newcastle, England (2004-2008)” by leading contemporary American landscapist Stephen Hancock. The group found this impressive and very interesting. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the north east.

The rest of the exhibition showed scenes from the Laing Art Gallery’s collection depicting the Tyne’s sites of industrial, shipbuilding and coal-mining history. “Shakespeare in Art”, “Victorian Artists in Newcastle”, “AV Festival”-Torsten Lauschuman and some very nice watercolours provided a varied viewing experience. Some members then enjoyed lunch, shopping and the cinema to see “The Artist” so two U3A group activities joined together-great fun.