Gallery reopening November 7

Collage by artist Linder

The Gallery will reopen on November 7, with the Linder Sterling exhibition, Linderism. There will also be access to the Merz Barn.

To ensure visitor and staff safety through social distancing there will be a one way system.

Visitors will be limited to a maximum capacity of 40 (or 10 in any given space at any time) for the whole Gallery.

An online booking system will be in place (link to follow). It is proposed that the Gallery opening hours will remain the same.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for further announcements.

Health and Safety measures in the Gallery

New gallery entrance and shop, photo by Colin Davidson

To ensure your safety while visiting the Hatton Gallery a number of measures will have been put in place:

  • All high contact areas such as toilets, handrails, etc will be regularly cleaned throughout opening hours.
  • Signage will be installed on the toilet entrance door, lift and closed access, explaining the current measures.
  • Toilets and lifts will be signposted re usage and staff will be on hand to ensure distancing measures are maintained.
  • Hand sanitiser stations will be available at the entrance and exit to the Gallery, in the toilet and any other additional suitable locations.

A member of staff will greet visitors upon arrival and provide guidance about the visit and what to expect. Along with directional signage, staff will be available to direct visitors on their journey.

Toilets will be deep cleaned each morning and additional cleaning will occur throughout opening hours.

Keep an eye out for further announcements here and on our Facebook page.

Events cancelled due to Corona Virus/Covid 19

Really sad to have to do this but given the latest advice from the government we think it’s right that we cancel all of our planned events until the situation changes.
The events cancelled would therefore be:
  • AGM (April 18th)
  • All talks/lectures/workshops
    • Talk by Dr Mike Collier, The Dawn Chorus
      (31st March)

    • Ruth Bond, Outer Hebrides & Northumberland journey of colour
      (21st April)

    • Rag and Oil method workshop with Jenny Blayney
      (25th April)

  • Summer Exhibition 2020 is cancelled unless things change dramatically in a positive direction by then!

Keep an eye on further announcements here and on our Facebook page.

Member’s exhibition Shaun Flett

Assemblage: Persons and Location
The Old Lowlights, Clifford’s Fort, The Fish Quay, North Shields
19th of October until the 17th of November 2019

An exhibition comprising photographs, drawings and paintings by North Shields artists Shaun Flett and Peter Dixon.

Shaun has been a member of the Friends for many years and it is a pleasure to help promote a forthcoming exhibition of his works together with fellow artist Perter Dixon.

The focus of the work is centred on the depiction of the industrial River Tyne and North Shields and its people with works executed over a number of years.

Peter is a graphic designer, painter, photographer, historian and publisher while Shaun has taught art for over 30 years in Further Education throughout the north east. Shaun and Peter have both completed painting commissions and have shown their work in various exhibitions over many years.

Summer Exhibition 2019

Friends' Summer Exhibition poster 2019

Following another excellent response from our members, this year’s summer exhibition began with the submission of works on 13th July (see photos above). Thirty-one artists submitted 56 works. During the hand in members were invited for refreshments, hosted by the Contemporary Art Club in the Learning room. It was interesting to hear about the various views and opinions held by others on the art scene.

A group of volunteers set out the artwork to maximise on presentation then, working in two teams, proceeded to hang the works.  With some minor adjustments the exhibition was in place by 3pm the same day.


The perennial preview took place in the evening of 15th July.  Hosted by our Chairman, Geoff Mills, this was attended by over 70 members and guests who enjoyed the evening, viewing the work accompanied by a light buffet with drinks.

A good number of members volunteered to invigilate during the course of the exhibition, which at the time of writing is on-going. The Exhibition will end on 2nd August.

Many thanks to all those who submitted art work, our volunteer organisers and helpers and the galley staff for the loan of tools and equipment and other furniture and facilities that helped the process run smoothly.

Summer Exhibition 2019 is now on

Friends' Summer Exhibition poster 2019

The Summer Exhibition 2019 opened with a busy preview on last night between 6:30 and 8:30pm in the Long Gallery. Lots of the Friends and their partners (and friends) came along to enjoy a glass of wine and a chat on a beautiful summer evening.

Several Friends were photographed by their work and we are hoping to feature them in future bulletins and posts on the website and Facebook.

We noticed as well that the Long Gallery has recently added a frosted covering to the windows along one side of the gallery. This diffuses the light and makes it much easier to view the works on display.

The Exhibition is open Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm until 2nd August.