Behind-the-Scenes Tours

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Delve into the Shipley stores to learn more about the history and stories behind the portraits

Treasures from the Shipley Art Gallery Collection


Thursday 16 April

Thursday 21 May

Thursday 18 June

Thursday 16 July

Thursday 17 September

Thursday 15 October

Thursday 19 November

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Join the U3A on a series of tours of Shipley Art Gallery’s archives and stores and find out more about our collection of paintings. This is the eighth year of Gateshead U3A’s Art Appreciation Group tours of the Shipley. Each year a theme is chosen, this year’s theme being ‘Telling a Story’. To book onto a tour please see dates and further information below.

 The monthly tours will start in April 2020 and continue throughout the year. Each tour is on a Thursday and starts at 1.30pm and lasts 1.5 hours, including time for tea, coffee and biscuits. 

  • We accept a minimum of 4 participants for a tour.  The maximum number of participants is 10.
  • Groups who wish to book a bespoke tour may do so if U3A members are available.  

Gateshead U3A’s Art Appreciation Group is volunteer led and supported by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museum’s.

Visitor review August 2019

"May I say a big thank you to the volunteer guides who undertook so much research on the theme of 'Water' in order to provide such a thoughtfully varied and well-informed tour around the stacks, plus looking after us all with care and consideration. The refreshments provided at the end were very much appreciated, too, and gave a few of us an opportunity for further discussion, a real bonus! "