Venue hire at the Shipley Art Gallery

Crafting the perfect event

Shipley Art Gallery photograph by Colin Davison

Originally built to house the art collection of Joseph Shipley, the Shipley Art Gallery is an architectural jewel in the heart of Gateshead. The gallery is an excellent example of Edwardian architecture, which would add grandeur, and a sense of occasion to a range of corporate and private celebrations. 

The Shipley Art Gallery can be hired for wedding celebrations, corporate events, private celebrations, meetings, training sessions and practical group activities. 

Photograph by Colin Davison 

Corporate events and private celebrations

Enjoy exclusive hire of the Shipley Art Gallery for a range of events and celebrations. 

The elegant main gallery houses a variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions and, along with the adjoining Designs for Life and beautiful side galleries, provides a spacious, alternative location for a variety of celebrations, dinners and concerts. 







Entire gallery

up to 120

up to 120

up to 48

up to 80

up to 120


For corporate or private celebration enquiries, please call (0191) 277 2152 or email Booking is essential and subject to availability.

Parking facilities 

The Shipley is off the main A167 road into Newcastle and there is limited, free street parking outside the Gallery.

Public transport 

The Shipley Art Gallery is a twenty minute walk from Gateshead interchange for Metro and bus services and is on several bus routes. For more information on public transport telephone the NEXUS traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit the traveline website.

Photograph: Komatsu celebration Dinner at the Shipley Art Gallery


This fine example of Edwardian architecture houses a variety of beautiful art, design and crafts.

With its original features and wonderful displays, very little decoration is needed to add to the grandeur of the gallery.

The elegant main gallery space, which displays a variety of treasures from the Shipley collection, can be hired exclusively for wedding ceremonies for up to 120 guests, drinks receptions for up to 120 guests and wedding breakfasts for up to 80 guests.

The smaller side galleries are also licensed for more intimate ceremonies and can be used as an alternative space for drinks receptions.


For more information, please contact us on (0191) 277 2152 or email

Or visit our weddings website > 

Photograph by Jeff Jones Photography

Daytime meetings and practical group activities

The Shipley workshop/learning room

The Shipley has a fully equipped workshop/learning room, which is available for daytime hire. This room is an ideal location for a variety of meetings, training sessions or practical group activities. Equipped with a sink and durable flooring, this is an ideal space for hands-on, creative activities. There are adjoining toilets, and tea and coffee facilities, making it easy to facilitate breaks for your group. 


The Workshop can be booked from 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday, and 10am – 5pm on Saturday, at £30 per hour. Booking is essential and subject to availability.



Workshop (42.7sqm)





For booking enquiries, please contact the Shipley Art Gallery on (0191) 477 1495 or email: