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Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle extends high profile exhibitions

Visitors are to be given extra time to see exhibitions of Jonathan Yeo portraits and Vivien Leigh photographs

John Millard Jonathan Yeo visiting the Laing Art Gallery with his latest exhibition
Jonathan Yeo visiting the Laing Art Gallery with his latest exhibition

Visitors to the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, have been given extra time to see two high profile winter exhibitions.

Jonathan Yeo Portraits and Starring Vivien Leigh, both from the National Portrait Gallery, will now run until February 15, a fortnight later than originally intended.

Starring Vivien Leigh looks at the career of the Oscar-winning British actress who was one of the biggest stars of stage and screen in the middle decades of the 20th Century.

© Clarence; Sinclair Bull / Kobal Collection Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind by Clarence Sinclair Bull, collection National Portrait Gallery
Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind by Clarence Sinclair Bull, collection National Portrait Gallery
 

The exhibition features film stills, studio portraits by celebrated photographers including Cecil Beaton and Norman Parkinson, and also magazines with the glamorous actress on the cover.

Leigh’s fame was enhanced by her marriage to Laurence Olivier and her starring role as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind, for which she won her first Academy Award and whose 75th anniversary coincided with the opening of the exhibition last year.

Leigh’s second ‘best actress’ Oscar came in 1951 for her performance as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire.

The Jonathahn Yeo exhibition is full of paintings of famous people including Tony Blair, Helena Bonham Carter and Kevin Spacey.

Jonathan Yeo Helena Bonham Carter, 2013, by Jonathan Yeo
Helena Bonham Carter, 2013, by Jonathan Yeo
 

There are also new portraits of Lily Cole and the Duchess of Cornwall done by the charismatic London-based artist who has many friends and acquaintances among the rich and famous.

A joint admission charge of £5 (£4.50 concessions) applies to both exhibitions and can be bought at the gallery or online via www.laingartgallery.org.uk

Jonathan Yeo, meanwhile, will be in conversation with his friend Alexander Armstrong at a special members only event at the Literary &a Philosophical Society in Newcastle next Wednesday.

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