Venue hire

Crafting the perfect event

The art of fine events

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 events

Evening hire

Komatsu dinner in Gallery A

The main gallery and side galleries

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 PR events, functions, dinners and concerts.

The main gallery and side galleries can be booked exclusively for a range of events.

Download the Shipley venue hire guide here

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Contact us

To find out more about hiring the Shipley Art Gallery for evening events, please contact us:

Tel: (0191) 277 2152


Capacity guide:






Whole gallery

up to 120

up to 120

up to 48

up to 60

up to 120


The Shipley Art Gallery is also available as a wedding venue.

Photo: Jeff Jones

Daytime hire

The Workshop

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.

The Lounge

We offer a lovely room with wooden flooring and lots of natural light, with tables, chairs, sofas and floor cushions set up as you wish. The Lounge is suitable for meetings and art classes using dry materials. For booking enquiries, please contact Hannah Mackay-Jackson, Project Co-ordinator at The Shipley Art Gallery on 0191 477 1495.

The lounge is available from 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday, and 10am – 5pm on Saturday, at £15 per hour.

Capacity guide:

Board room



Workshop 42.7sqm








Contact us

For more information about hiring the Shipley workshop or Lounge please contact us:
Tel: (0191) 477 1495


Booking is essential and subject to availability.

Children's parties

Children's parties at the Shipley include:

  • Room hire for a 2 hour party plus set up and take down time
  • Use of kitchen facilities
  • Use of a CD player
  • Use of a projector screen and laptop to screen a film of your choice
  • All you need to provide is party food and a cake. Please note, birthday candles cannot be lit inside the building due to sensitivity of our alarms.

Price: £40.

Subject to availability, max 20 children per party.

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