Welcome to the Arts Society Tyneside  (Tyneside Decorative & Fine Arts Society). We promote the enjoyment and conservation of our artistic and cultural heritage by providing regular lectures, study days, visits and voluntary activities including Church Recording, Heritage Volunteering and  the support of Arts in the Community.





Newby Hall is one of Britain’s finest Adam houses.  Built in the 1690s by Sir Christopher Wren the house was later enlarged and adapted by John Carr and subsequently Robert Adam.  Today it is the family home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Compton.


Newby Hall houses a rare and celebrated collection of Chippendale furniture. In the late eighteenth century Thomas Chippendale was commissioned to provide the furniture, including the renowned Tapestry Room where chairs are uniquely covered with fabric from the Gobelins Factory in Paris. This is the only Chippendale suite with its original covers and still in its original setting, and the Tapestry Room is the most complete Chippendale interior in existence. Together with dining chairs, hall chairs, card and Pembroke tables, the Newby Hall collection is internationally celebrated as one of the largest and most complete in private ownership anywhere.


On arrival at Newby Hall there will be coffee and biscuits included in the price.  There will then be two tours of the house whilst the alternative group have lunch.  This is not included in the  price.


The piece de resistance are the gardens and last year Newby Hall was awarded the accolade of Historic House garden of the year.  It has a stunning 172 metre double herbaceous border sloping down from the house to the River Ure with garden rooms running off from its sides.  The border is one of the longest in England and is a case of once seen never forgotten.


Newby Hall also has a dolls house museum which houses nearly 70 houses of all shapes, sizes and styles and is one of the most important private collections on display anywhere in the world.  Also available is an optional 25 minute trip on the river, price £5 per person.

Application forms will be available at the lecture on Monday 10th February or download one by clicking here.







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Our Work with Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Newcastle.

The Arts Society Tyneside is supporting asylum seekers and refugees in Newcastle as part of our charitable work.  We have engaged Sam Slatcher, a singer song writer, to work with a group of people in the west end of Newcastle to help them tell their stories through words and music, helping them to make friends and feel more settled.

Sam has worked very successfully with similar groups most notably in Durham where his first group of asylum seekers gave a concert to a packed Durham Cathedral in 2018. Since then the group has made a CD and toured the country with their songs and stories including in their tour a visit to the House of Commons.

We look forward to hearing how Sam gets on this year. Watch this space for up-dates.