CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Excess and the Everyday

The Shipley is currently CLOSED due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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


Until Wednesday 30 September

Visitor information

Closure notice

Following new advice in response to the COVID 19 pandemic and in line with other cultural organisations, we have taken the difficult decision to close Shipley Art Gallery from 4pm on Wednesday 18 March. 

 This is provisionally until 1 May 2020 but we will be reviewing the situation and updating if anything changes. 

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Thank you for your support and understanding at this challenging time. Stay well and we look forward to welcoming you back in due course.

Donations welcome, free entry

No booking required

This exhibition is located in our Maker Space (Gallery C).


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.