Group visits

Introductory Tour of the Shipley Art Gallery

Decorative ceramic tea pot and cups

Whether you’re a club, tour group, or a gathering of friends, join us for your own guided tour of the Shipley Art Gallery. This is a great introduction to the Shipley and its collections: delve into the history of this unique gallery, which opened just over a century ago during WW1; find out about Joseph Shipley, whose bequest of art and design is at the heart of the gallery’s collection; uncover the mystery that surrounds the gallery’s famous Tintoretto painting; and discover how this art gallery was created for the people of Gateshead – an ethos that endures today.

Afterwards, enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits in the beautiful surroundings of the gallery, and look around the exhibitions at your leisure.

This guided tour is delivered by John Thompson who is a former Director of Tyne & Wear Museums. Previously, John was a curator at Whitworth and City Art Gallery, Manchester, and Director of Arts and Museums, Bradford.

These bespoke gallery visits are available for groups to book on Thursdays. Pre-booking is essential and subject to availability.

To book please email Hannah.mackay-jackson@twmuseums.org.uk / telephone 0191 477 1495. £5 per person, including refreshments.