Shipley Art Gallery


Telephone: 0191 477 1495


We're Good to Go

The measures we have put in place:

  • Please be aware that some areas of the gallery will be closed until it is safe to open them. These include: the lounge, the Henry Rothschild Study Centre, the workshop.
  • We are admitting fewer people into the gallery so we can provide enough space for social distancing.
  • There is a one-way system in place around the building.

How you can help when visiting us:

  • There is no need to book your visit in advance. If we reach capacity you will be asked to queue outside.
  • Please wear a mask.
  • Please pay with contactless only.
  • Please use the hand sanitiser which is provided around the building.

Shipley Art Gallery is now open and is Good to Go accredited.

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.

Useful Information

Opening Hours

Shipley Art Gallery is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions and will reopen on 18 May


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


Telephone: 0191 477 1495



Events at Shipley Art Gallery

Winter Wellness - Activities for you to...

1 Dec 2020 to 31 Mar 2021

Family Arts Festival

27 Jul 2021 to 2 Sep 2021


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