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Relax, unwind and discover the fantastic range of arts and design on show in the friendly surroundings of the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead.

The Shipley Art Gallery is the North East's leading gallery for contemporary art and design and has one of the best collections of ceramics, wood, metal, glass, textiles and furniture outside of London. It is also home to William Irving's painting The Blaydon Races and The Henry Rothschild collection of studio ceramics. This includes work by all major makers and studios working in ceramics during the 20th century in the UK.

The Shipley's permanent exhibitions include:

  • the Designs for Life gallery, a showcase featuring more than 300 objects made over the past 2,000 years.
  • the Saltwell Park Museum, a display of objects from the old Saltwell Park Museum.
  • Stories of Gateshead through the ages.
  • Treasures From The Shipley Art Gallery

Other gallery spaces show a range of exhibitions throughout the year. There are regular events including artist and curator talks, Get Crafty family activity days, concerts and fairs. Donations are welcomed, but entry is free to the gallery.

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Opening Hours


Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00

Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00

Thursday 10:00 - 16:00

Friday 10:00 - 16:00

Saturday 10:00 - 17:00


Bank Holidays CLOSED

Telephone: 0191 477 1495


Events at Shipley Art Gallery

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May 28th to July 22nd

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Excess and the Everyday

May 28th to July 22nd

Excess and the Everyday

Behind-the-scenes tours

May 28th to July 22nd

Behind-the-scenes tours

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