gallery is housed in an imposing neo-classical building,
which was designed by William Burn in 1825.
John Watson's School, an institute for fatherless
children, it was adapted for the Gallery in 1984.
It now has bright, spacious rooms for both temporary
exhibitions and permanent collection displays,
and a print-room which is open by appointment.
It also houses the conservation workshop for
all the National Galleries, as well as a café and
The grounds of the Gallery provide an ideal setting
for sculptures by Tony Cragg, Barbara Hepworth,
Henry Moore and Rachel Whiteread, among others.
The lawn at the front of the building was landscaped
to a design by Charles Jencks to create Landform
Ueda, which comprises a stepped, serpentine-shaped
mound complemented by crescent-shaped pools of
A combination of artwork, garden and
social space, the landform was inspired by chaos
theory and shapes found in nature. It won the Gulbenkian
Prize for Museum of the Year in 2004.