Art bosses from Newcastle were in London this Tuesday to host a special event at 10 Downing Street showcasing the North East and its treasures.
Keith Merrin, director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, was among the team who travelled by train to London for a visit to number 10 where some of Laing Art Gallery’s prized collection is now on show. As part of an annual Museum in Residence initiative, nine artworks from the city gallery are on loan there until October, with an oil painting of the iconic Tyne Bridge among the chosen exhibits which will be greeting VIP guests to Rishi Sunak‘s official London residence.
The scheme is run by the Government Art Collection, which each year selects a museum or gallery from across the country to showcase some of its collection, and TWAM bosses see this as a prime opportunity to turn the spotlight on the Laing; Newcastle and also the wider region. This Tuesday was their first opportunity to officially visit number 10 and address a specially-invited audience of guests at an reception for the display.
Ahead of the reception, TWAM…