Customs House Gallery

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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
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: The Customs House Tour

  • 11 September 2015

Enjoy a tour of The Customs House and explore the venue that provides the community with a wide range of cultural events and activities. Also, learn about the history of this incredible building, which was established in 1848.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Local History Films at Customs House

  • 11 September 2015

Gary Wilkinson regularly makes films that reflect the history and heritage of South Tyneside. Two short films will be shown: Wildflower and Theatre of the Ordinary. The films last between 27-32mins.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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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