Shipley Art Gallery weddings

A stunning backdrop to your celebration

Ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and evening receptions

This fine example of Edwardian architecture houses a variety of beautiful art, design and crafts which would make a stunning backdrop to your celebration.

Our elegant main gallery space is licensed for wedding parties of up to 120 guests and can also accommodate up to 120 guests for a drinks reception. The smaller side galleries are also licensed for more intimate groups of up to 15 guests and can be used as an alternative space for drinks receptions. The adjoining exhibition space showcases over 300 objects from the Shipley’s craft and design collection and makes a wonderful setting for drinks and canapés.

Download our wedding brochure or take a look at the Shipley Art gallery wedding guide for inspiration. 

Contact us

To find out more about hiring the Shipley Art Gallery please contact us on:

Telephone: (0191) 277 2152 or email: and state that you're interested in hiring a space at the Shipley Art Gallery.

Our unique rooms and galleries

Gallery A

A stunning setting with original features, wooden floors and grand piano. The gallery shows a range of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. 

This stunning gallery space will create the perfect backdrop to your special day and you will have exclusive use of the gallery. 

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Gallery B

This gallery offers an exhibition of objects from Saltwell Park Museum's collection. This new display will create a unique setting for your ceremony, it features glassware and ceramics, taxidermy, bird eggs, insects, minerals, fossils and geology.

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Gallery C

A stunning smaller gallery with original features and wooden floors. The gallery shows a range of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

Ceremony hire includes, chairs for the bride and groom, registrar tables and PA system.  

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Shipley Lounge

We offer a lovely room with wooden flooring and lots of natural light, ideal for intimate ceremonies. The space is 35sqm without the bay window.

Ceremony hire includes chairs, registrar tables and PA system. 

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Room capacities

Wedding breakfast Evening receptionDrinks reception
Gallery Aup to 120up to 50/60up to 120up to 120
Gallery B15 - standing--25 
Gallery C15 - standing--25 
Shipley Lounge


Join us in this wonderful setting for your wedding breakfast for up to 60 guests, a buffet reception for up to 120 guests, or a drinks and canapés reception for up to 120 guests. 

Our approved caterers Sodexo Prestige are currently reviewing their catering offer for The Shipley Art Gallery; however, a bespoke menu can be offered.  Please contact us for information, email: 

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