The Shipley is the North East's leading gallery of design and contemporary craft.
The Shipley began collecting contemporary art made in Britain in 1977, and over the last three decades has become an important centre for contemporary craft, with holdings that include ceramics, wood, metal, glass, textiles and furniture.
The Gallery also houses an outstanding paintings collection, which is particularly strong on and Dutch and Flemish works of the 16th and 17th century. It has an important collection of Victorian paintings, together with works of more regional and local interest. William C Irving's The Blaydon Races illustrates one of the most celebrated sporting events in the North East's history, the 1862 meeting made famous by the song called ‘The Blaydon Races’, written by the Tyneside music-hall singer Geordie Ridley.
A particularly outstanding work is Tintoretto's Christ Washing the Disciples’ Feet. It was originally painted for the church of San Marcuolo in Venice, eventually given to St Nicholas’s Cathedral in Newcastle, and purchased by Tyne & Wear Museums in 1986.