Shipley Art Gallery - Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

Shipley Art Gallery - Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums
Shipley Art Gallery
Prince Consort Road
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear




0191 477 1495


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Shipley Art Gallery
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The Shipley Art Gallery is home to a collection of over 700 breathtaking pieces by the country's leading craft makers. A dazzling selection of this collection is on permanent show and includes studio ceramics, glass, metalwork, jewellery, textiles and furniture. The Gallery also houses a collection of historical paintings including Dutch and Flemish old masters. Visit Made in Gateshead which explores the history of the town’s industry, its people and their skills.

William C. Irving’s spectacular painting capturing the spirit of the Blaydon Races is now on show in its new home at the Shipley Art Gallery. Following the nail-biting auction at Sotheby’s in London, Tyne & Wear Museums successfully bid £110,000 to keep this unique record of one of Tyneside’s most famous events in the region.
The gallery is home to The Henry Rothschild Study Centre which includes over 100 ceramic objects from this nationally important collection. The study centre offers experts, students and visitors the opportunity to view a survey of the major movements in British studio ceramics during the 20th century, along with a group of ceramics from European potters.

With a temporary exhibition programme and a wide range of regular events and activities there is something for all the family to enjoy.

This gallery has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Opening hours Tues-Fri 10-4
Sat 10-5
Closed Sun & Mon

Admission charges

Admission is free.

This gallery has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Collection details

Social History, Science and Technology, Fine Art, Design, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Family Feast by Barnaby Barford

Craft Now

  • 31 May 2014 — 7 February 2015 *on now

Some of the UK’s newest and most exciting contemporary textiles, glass and ceramics are brought together in Craft Now.

Makers included are Michael Brennand Wood, internationally regarded as one of the most innovative and inspiring artists working in textiles; Felicity Aylieff, whose ceramic work is informed by an artist’s residency in Jingdezhen, China, the worldwide centre for porcelain production; and influential quilt artist Pauline Burbridge.

Displayed together for the first time, this exhibition presents works purchased for the gallery using funding from the Northern Rock Foundation.

Jeweller Nora Fok works entirely in non-precious materials and her Million Dollar Collar is created entirely from the seed heads of artichokes. The accompanying Artichoke Parachute magnifies and recreates the seed heads using nylon.

Artist Paul Scott has been instrumental in demonstrating the creative potential of ceramic and print, a combination which has been used in industry for hundreds of years. His Gateshead in a Box was commissioned for the Shipley Art Gallery in 2010, consisting of individually printed tiles representing Gateshead’s past, present and future, many of which are based on the artist’s work with school pupils and members of the Gateshead community.

Also on show will be Family Feast by Barnaby Barford who works primarily with found ceramics, manipulating both mass-manufactured and antique figurines to create acerbic narratives about contemporary society.


Gateshead Art Society

  • 15 November 2014 — 21 February 2015 *on now

Be inspired by this exhibition of paintings by members of Gateshead Art Society, featuring new work produced over the past year. Many of the works on the show are available to buy.


Image from Blooming Marvellous.

Blooming Marvellous

  • 7 March — 5 September 2015

This truly magical, life-sized knitted garden was created in 2011 by over 2,500 knitters and crocheters in Dorset. People of from the age of 2 to 99 created elements of the garden, complete with woolly flora and fauna, garden gnomes and small creatures. An exhibition guaranteed to put a smile on your face!


Acts of Making

Acts of Making

  • 8 — 21 March 2015

Six artists - Catherine Bertola, Keith Harrison, Owl Projects, Mah Rana, Clare Twomey and Richard Wheater – will present works at the Shipley Art Gallery and community venues in Gateshead. These works celebrate performance and collaborative work, and showcase often unseen aspects of craft.


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