North-East England Art Organisations, Galleries and Places of Interest

I have probably missed some please add any others as comments.
Some of these are suitable for students others are aimed at art professionals/ artist-teachers.

A-N The Artists Information Company

“Exposing the diversity and complexity of artists’ practice, we’re providing an inspiring critical space to research, analyse and debate contexts for practice now and in the future.”

Non-members have limited access whereas members can carry out detailed searched of the archive. I think this website is particularly useful for teachers to find challenging contemporary artists to link into their AS or A2 schemes of work or more able KS4 students.

Allenheads Contemporary Arts

“Allenheads Contemporary Arts is an independent art/education organisation that provides opportunities for the development of new ideas and work.”

Allenheads is only a small gallery but present interesting challenging contemporary artists and they are in the process of re-vamping their online presence so even if you can’t take your students you may be able to use their resources.

Arc, Stockton on Tees

I’ve never been to Arc but their ‘What’s On’ section shows a wide variety of visual contemporary art forms.

Artimis, Northumberland’s Art in Eduction Agency

“In April 2000, Northumberland LEA created a partnership with ISIS Arts to establish an Arts in Education Agency for Northumberland. The agency is called ARTEMIS. Three fifths of the funding for the agency comes from the Standards Fund Schools Causing Concern Budget.”

Arts Centre, Washington

“Challenging, surprising and unusual, the Art Gallery’s temporary exhibitions programme includes a variety of different art forms and could feature anything from Picasso to local school children’s work. The gallery is dedicated to supporting the work of local artists as well as showing art of national and international significance.”

Artworks Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

“A new and innovative space to see buy display enjoy and talk about art. The Art Works Galleries houses five dynamic galleries where exhibitions change every month.”

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gatehead

I don’t need to write anything here if you are an art teacher you will know about Baltic!

Bede’s World, Jarrow

Looking at the life and work of Bede. Beautiful artefacts and a farm.

Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery

Resident internationally acclaimed artists exhibit here.

Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne

“Welcome to The Biscuit Factory, Britain’s biggest original art store. 35,000 square feet with two floors of exhibition spaces and two floors of artists’ studios. We sell paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, ceramics and glass by artists from all over the world. It’s a fun, relaxed place to buy original contemporary art in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. Entrance is free.”

A great source of images of work by contemporary artists. I have visited the gallery with students and if you let them know you are coming and with how many teachers/supervisory staff they are great.

Bowes Museum,  Barnard Castle

The Bowes has a fantastic selection of fine art paintings, ceramics and textiles. A fascinating place to visit.

Culturelab, Newcastle upon Tyne

“Culture Lab is a unique research infrastructure providing an environment for academics and practitioners working beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. We promote socially and economically valuable synergies with artists, creative industries, and cultural and scientific institutions, and the development of innovative research with digital tools.”

They have interesting talks and occasionally CPD opportunities. This is more aimed at art professionals and post-graduates.

Customs House, South Shields

“Sandford Goudie Gallery at The Customs House showcases the very best of national, international and regional contemporary arts practice.  With a changing programme of nine exhibitions a year, it is the only contemporary gallery space in South Tyneside, enabling the broadest spectrum of audiences and communities to participate and engage with contemporary art. Whether you like figurative or abstract painting, sculpture or installation art, every time you visit the Gallery there will be something exciting, inspiring and perhaps challenging for you to see.  If you would like more information on the Visual Arts Programme, please contact Esen Kaya, Visual Arts Development Officer on 0191 427 8199 or email”

There is usually something fairly interesting on in the Sandford Goudie gallery and there is a nice selction of craft/jewellery for sale in the café.

Design Event

“The North East’s annual design festival is back! DE08 includes exhibitions, walking tours, a fashion show, workshops, talks, a design day out and the opportunity to buy work from the region’s design talent, there’s sure to be something to entice and inspire!”

Not a place to visit but an annual event that highlights design.

Designed and Made gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne


A relatively new venture located above the Live Theatre so maybe potential for Engliish/Art and Design joint visits/projects.

Doorman Museum, Middlesbrough

Durham Light Infantry Museum and Art Gallery

Several galleries showing a variety of traditional and contemporary art forms.
The DLI permanent collection focuses on WW1 and WW2. Possibilities for history and art & design joint visits/projects.

Gallagher and Turner, Newcastle upon Tyne

A small commercial gallery.

Great North Museum (opens 2009) Newcastle upon Tyne

“The new museum, opening in spring 2009, will be a flagship visitor attraction showcasing internationally important collections”

Including the Hancock collection and Newcastle Uni’s museum of Antiquities ☺

Hartlepool Art Gallery

Quite small doesn’t change that often but sometimes houses little gems.

Hartlepool Maritime Museum

There is a bit you pay for and a free bit last time went they had a fabulous exhibition on of children’s drawing.

Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

Curator Emily Marsden is very helpful and keen to engage with more schools.

Horsley Print Makers, Northumbria

Imagine-Tyne and Wear Museums’ Collections Online

“Discover 15,000 images of objects from Tyne and Wear Museums’ collections with IMAGINE. Enjoy interactive access to these extensive collections. Search and explore objects from Archaeology, Art, History and Natural Science.”

Isis arts, Newcastle upon Tyne

Kielder Partnership

Laing, Newcastle upon Tyne

Lazarides, Newcastle upon Tyne

A contemporary commercial gallery.

Lime Street Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne


Locus Plus (site specific art)

Maltings Art Centre, Berwick

Mima, Middlesbrough

Mushroom Works, Newcastle upon Tyne

Studios for artists…

National Glass Centre, Sunderland

Network Artists in Northumberland

The art tour.


If you are a practicing artist a useful email group that can sometimes be quite colourful/controversial and sometimes quite mundane.

“NewcastleGRAFT was established in 2003 by artist Cathryn Jiggens as a ‘creative community network’ for the Northeast. Between 2003 and 2007 she actively developed the network including the fundraising and organization for: A weekend networking event with artists from Newcastle, London and the SW on the theme of Complexity Theory; A weekend networking visit hosted and supported by Allenheads Contemporary Arts, Northumberland; Visiting artist speakers and events including Maf’J Alvarez, Irene Brown, Hetain Patel and Peter J Evans; An international Women’s Day event, applications workshop and peer review sessions for work in progress.

Administration, management and development of newcastleGRAFT is now undertaken by Pete Hindle. In 2006 Pete organized a newcastleGRAFT birthday BBQ; in 2007 he organized a group visit to the Transmediale festival in Berlin, supported by Arts Council England NE. He also delived a web design course for newcastleGRAFT members.

Members use newcastleGRAFT to share information about exhibitions, opportunities, ask questions and any thing else that crops up, and are invited to make creative use of the many possibilities opened up by the resource.”

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland

Excellent archive and really helpful education officer in my experience.

Northern Print, Newcastle upon Tyne

Really great teacher go on one of their print making courses if you haven’t already they are fabulous.

Northumbria Uni gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

One North East

Development agency- has some interesting info particularly if you are doing applied art and want to think about art for different purposes e.g. redevelopment.

Opus art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

Oriental Museum, Durham

I went here on my teacher’s recommendation when I was 17 and fell in love with Japanese painting, prints and ceramics.

Picture House, Belsay Hall

Last years Picture House was amazing and the grounds are spectacular too.

Queens Hall, Hexham


Rednile don’t have a permanent space but help recent graduates and professional artists take part in innovative projects. Michael (one of the founders) is a trained art teacher so I imagine he would be great speaking to kid about Rednils work.

Reg Vardy Gallery, Sunderland

Small but often really interesting shows. They’ve just lost their curator Rob to Baltic so expect the unexpected.

Segedunum, Wallsend


Often has shows of original illustrations. Next to Limestreet studios and Mushroom works so perhaps you could organize a whole day visit?!

Shipley Gallery, Gateshead

New improved display of the Craft collection. Been on several CPD courses here and they have been superb.

Side Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

South Shields Museum and Art Gallery

Star and Shadow, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

A temporary gallery space and permanent collection. Excellent selection of Lowry paintings.

Tees Valley Museum Single Point of Access

“The Tees Valley Museums Online resource has been developed with funding from the MLA’s ‘Renaissance in the Regions’ and Middlesbrough Council. The site gives access to the museum collections of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland & Stockton-on-Tees authorities.”


Tees Valley Arts, Teeside

The Globe Gallery, North Tyneside and Newcastle

“Globe Gallery is an independent contemporary art gallery showing the work of emerging and established artists. The gallery’s two venues are spaces of cultural exchange providing a welcoming, informative, challenging and accessible dialogue between artist, artwork and audience .Globe Gallery is committed to building and maintaining audiences through exhibitions, events, and opportunities to participate in projects.”

The Art House, Middlesbrough

Tyne and Wear Museums

Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne

Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne

The directors are really friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about getting kids to see contemporary art. Its one room but their website contains detailed info on all their artists.

Waygood, Newcastle upon Tyne
Facebook group:

Workplace Gallery, Gateshead

Workplace is amazing and is helping raise the profile of North-East artists on the international stage.


4 thoughts on “North-East England Art Organisations, Galleries and Places of Interest

  1. Kate Newall says:

    This is great, although, from my experience, Opus is definitely NOT child friendly, and frankly, irrelevent.

    PS – My website isn’t properly up and running yet, it’s brand new!

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