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Shipley Art Gallery

Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4JB, United Kingdom | 0191 477 1495 | Website

Venue Description

The Shipley Art Gallery opened in 1917 with a collection of 504 paintings bequeathed by local solicitor Joseph Shipley. Since then the collection has grown to include nearly 800 paintings and collections of works on paper, decorative art and contemporary craft. The Shipley’s art collections were designated as being of national importance in 1998 and include local favourite, William Irving's painting The Blaydon Races. In 1977 the Shipley began collecting contemporary art made in Britain. Over the last 25 years the venue has become established as a national centre for contemporary craft and has built up one of the best collections outside London, including ceramics, wood, metal, glass, textiles and furniture.


There are four steps to the main entrance at the front of the Gallery. To the left on the main entrance, on the side of the building, there is a 10 metre long ramp to an automatic door leading to the reception and shop area. Once at the top of the ramp there is level access to shop, reception and galleries. There is level access around the ground floor of the Gallery. The lower ground floor is accessible via a staircase but can also be reached by wheelchairs around the side of the building. Please alert staff on the front desk if you require this access.

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Accessible Performances

Occasionally we offer relaxed exhibition openings


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COVID Precautions

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Assistance dog facilities

Assistance dog exercise facilities

We welcome assistance dogs. The front desk can provide a bowl of water.

The venue says it has...

  • Accessible Format
  • Dedicated Seating
  • Disabled Access
  • Large Print
  • Disabled Parking
  • Access Statement

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