Excess and the Everyday

The Shipley is reopening on 25 August

'Silver and Spode', by the artist Allan Douglass Mainds


Until Wednesday 30 September

Visitor information

Visitor information

The Shipley Art Gallery is reopening on Tuesday 25 August 2020.

Plan your visit and find out what measures we are taking to keep staff and visitors safe. 

Tuesday10am - 4pm
Wednesday10am- 4pm
Thursday10am - 4pm
Friday10am - 4pm
Saturday10am - 5pm

Free entry

No booking required


Still life has proved a popular subject in Western art since the 17th century. Historic still life paintings frequently pictured luxury items of the day in order to celebrate material pleasures such as food and wine, as well as to warn of the temporality of these pleasures and the brevity of human life.

Since the late 19th century, artists and makers have generally used simpler still life arrangements as a way of demonstrating skill or for formal experimentation. Some examples of still life from the Shipley’s painting and craft collections are on display in this gallery.