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Published February 2nd 2013
Contemporary craft and design in Edwardian surroundings
A patchwork deckchair, mushroom lamp, and studio ceramics from Lucie Rie are only some examples of the objects on display at the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead,
home to one of the largest collections of contemporary craft and design outside London.
As well as showing more than 300 objects from around the world, this gem of a gallery, with its lovely Edwardian surroundings, also houses a collection of fine art, bequeathed by its founder Joseph Shipley, in 1909, and
Portrait photographs on display at Shipley Art Gallery
'Collected Threads: Textiles from the Shipley Craft Collection' and 'Daisy Green's Autumn Fair'. Family workshops and talks are run throughout August and into the Autumn months.
You can explore the Henry Rothschild Study Centre, which houses one of the UK's most important collections of 20th century studio ceramics, or relax over a cup of coffee in the lounge. Children can have fun in the Blaydon Races interactive corner of the gallery, where they can dress up in costume and learn about the characters in the William Irving's painting depicting the Blaydon Races.
Apart from talks and workshops, which cost £2, it is free to visit Shipley Art Gallery, which is located about a mile from Newcastle/Gateshead's iconic Sage centre. There is free parking outside the gallery and there is a shop with a variety of reasonably priced gifts, including contemporary jewellery and ceramics by local crafts people.