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

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A spacious, alternative location for a variety of celebrations, functions, dinners and concerts

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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.

Contact 

To find out more about hiring the Shipley Art Gallery for evening events, please call (0191) 277 2152 or email: leann.hay@twmuseums.org.uk

Booking is essential and subject to availability.

Capacity guide

Reception

Theatre

Cabaret

Dinner

Reception/buffet

Whole gallery

up to 120

up to 120

up to 48

up to 60

up to 120

Weddings

Shipley Art Gallery Wedding Ceremony

Photo: Jeff Jones

The Shipley Art Gallery is also available as a wedding venue

Meetings, training sessions or practical group activities

The Shipley 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. 

Contact 

For booking enquiries, please contact the Shipley Art Gallery on (0191) 477 1495 or email: learning@shipleyartgallery.org.uk. Booking is essential and subject to availability.

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

Capacity guide

BoardroomTheatreStanding

Workshop (42.7sqm)

20

25

35


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. 

Contact 

For booking enquiries, please contact learning@shipleyartgallery.org.uk.

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

Capacity guide

Board room

Theatre

Standing

Lounge

15

20

30

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.

For further information about bookings please contact learning@shipleyartgallery.org.uk.