All posts by Sarah Richardson

About Sarah Richardson

I’m Keeper of Art at the Laing Art Gallery. With my colleagues, I work with the collections of oil paintings, watercolours and sculpture, which include many important artworks. One of my favourite parts of the job is curating exhibitions and also displays from the collections, and trying to make sure visitors enjoy them as much as possible. Snatching some time to research pictures is really rewarding. There’s quite a lot of behind-the-scenes work on records, insurance, research, arranging transport and so on, as well as liaising with colleagues who help make these events possible. We play our part in making exhibition loans to other galleries, and many loans go to prestigious exhibitions in national galleries and abroad. I and my colleagues also work on widening access to the collections through web projects such as this.

Paul Nash, artist of powerful First World War paintings

The fighting in the Ypres Salient in 1917 and the aftermath of the Battle of Passchendaele had a major effect on Paul Nash, and also made a big impact on his art. We are Making a New World is one… Read more

Danger and adventure for Tyne and Wear ships’ crews in the Spanish Civil War

This photograph of the devastation of the Basque port of Bilbao in April 1937 was taken by Captain Still of the Newcastle ship Hamsterley, on a mission to take food to the beleaguered city and rescue refugees during the Spanish… Read more

Newcastle and the River Tyne in 1895: Bridges and Ships

This magnificent panorama shows Newcastle in 1895, at the height of the city’s industrial development. Hundreds of ships left the Tyne every month for destinations in Britain, Europe and America. Newcastle dominated the British coal trade and its shipyards built… Read more

Marc Chagall’s ‘Apocalypse in Lilac’: Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on January 27th to remember the millions of victims of the Holocaust and other genocides around the world. This blog features pictures by three artists, working in very different styles, who were part of the… Read more

The Great Frost of 1784, Newcastle upon Tyne

In March 1784, Newcastle was still gripped by the frost and ice of an exceptionally hard winter. The frost and snow was so bad, said local historian John Sykes in 1824, that ‘the Tyne was three times frozen over in… Read more