A Gallery built in Wartime

A small display on how & why the Shipley was built during WWI



Until Saturday 31 March

Visitor Information


Shipley Art Gallery Lounge

Open during Gallery hours

Free, donations welcome

Please note that the Shipley Lounge is sometimes used by community groups and may not always be accessible. Please call ahead to check availability on the day you plan to visit this display.


The Shipley Art Gallery is celebrating its centenary this year. One hundred years ago during November 1917, the doors opened to the public for the very first time. 

This small display tells the story of how Gateshead’s art gallery came about and why. 

Come and discover life within the North East at the turn of the twentieth century. Find out what  Gateshead was like during the First World War, and understand the circumstances which led to the Shipley’s wartime creation.