Customs House Gallery

Customs House Gallery
Mill Dam
South Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE33 1ES



Curator - Visual Arts


0191 454 1234


0191 456 5979

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The Customs House Arts Centre lies on the South bank of the River Tyne in the historic Mill Bank area. The complex has a cinema, theatre, bar and gallery. The Gallery consists of two spaces dedicated to the exhibition of visual arts; The Sandford Goudie Gallery (the Main Gallery), which shows work by artists of regional, national and international significance, and the Fusion gallery space, which shows work by local and regional artists and material related to the arts development programme.

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Opening hours

Mon-Fri 1000-2000
Sun 1200-2000

The Customs House has a small collection of works from contemporary artists who have at some time participated in exhibitions or projects at The Customs House

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Film and Media, Fine Art, Music, Performing Arts, Photography

Key artists and exhibits

  • Bob Olley
  • Bruce McLean
  • Eyestorm
  • Martin Richman
  • Irene Brown
  • Kathryn Wakeman
  • Tom Moore
  • Lindsay Duncanson
  • Jilly Edwards
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Be Drawn In: Year of Drawing 2015

  • 24 January — 28 February 2015 *on now

We each perceive our world differently, and recall events in our own individual way. We can shoot film, take a photograph, report news stories, translate a language into ten other texts, but what does each human mind actually hold inside?

‘Be Drawn In’ is an exhibition of artists and writers who have come together to describe their memories on paper, delving into the depths of their memories to record what they find. Which memories are shared and what is only remembered by one person? The exhibitors, who have been drawn together by curator Emma Holliday, are from a wide geographical area and each has a unique and fascinating voice.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Urban Lines

  • 24 January — 28 February 2015 *on now

Jack Coates will start the Year of Drawing with an exhibition of new architectural drawings made on paper and canvas. The latter, being a medium not traditionally associated with drawing practice and one which provoked a degree of self-analysis and enquiry for the artist.

Comparing earlier drawings with later work produced specifically for this exhibition you can see the transition the artist has made from very tight, detailed drawings to more alive and expressive drawings. This development parallels Jack’s progression from drawing from photographs to drawing from his own quick sketches made on and of the streets of Newcastle. Taking his drawing practice back to line and shade rather than colour and focusing on what interests his own eye.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly