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  • *Important Announcement about Hartlepool Art Gallery*

    In line with Government advice on avoiding non-essential social contact, Hartlepool Borough Council has taken the decision to close Hartlepool Art Gallery and cancel all (events/activities) until further notice.

    This decision has been made in the best interests of customers and staff, and while we are sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment this may cause, we are sure you will appreciate that we have a responsibility to try to minimise the spread of Coronavirus.

    We thank you for your patience and understanding at this challenging time.

    We will continue to review the situation in line with future Government guidance and will issue updates as appropriate.

    We will be contacting customers directly in due course to provide refunds for tickets.

    For further information and updates, visit

    Hartlepool Art Gallery

    Hartlepool Art Gallery sits centrally within the cultural quarter of the town and  is part of  the Church Street innovation and Skills Quarter (ISQ). It is a stunning and beautifully restored Grade II Victorian church, formerly known as Christ Church which was built in 1858. The gallery opened 1996 and is within a minutes’ walk from Hartlepool Railway Station and close to Hartlepool Town Centre, the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool, and Town Hall Theatre. Church Street and Church Square are the centre of the towns revitalisation with it moving towards a cafe culture and thriving daytime economy based around the new campus for Cleveland College of Art and Design The Northern School of Art since 1879.

    The gallery has two exhibition spaces available The Main Gallery and The Apse Gallery. It has an extensive exhibition programme which aims to be ambitious and creatively diverse. The gallery’s programming group strive to ensure the exhibition line-up chimes with the town, is inspiring for future artists but also the audience feels that there is something there for them. This is achieved through a programme mix of  in-house curated exhibitions, open artist proposals and exhibition developed in partnership.

  • Exhibitions

    To see our current events and exhibitions please click here . To view our digital leaflet please click here.

  • Learning

    The Young Cultural Ambassadors scheme has been developed to engage young people with arts and cultural opportunities in Hartlepool. The gallery has free school resources; if you want to learn more about the Young Cultural Ambassadors programme there are free downloadable leaflets available.


    For more information about YCA for Schools then please click here.


    For more information about YCA for Junior Schools then please click here.


    The Learning Team provides carefully structured, curriculum linked workshops, accompanying the Gallery's temporary exhibition programme. We have a teacher's pack for the Gallery containing worksheets aimed at KS1 and KS2.


    All workshops are 1 hour long (unless otherwise stated) with an additional hour of topic related self-led activities.

    Workshops can be adapted for different Key Stages and children with additional learning needs.  Please call to discuss your requirements.

    To book a workshop or for further information call the Learning Team on 01429 523483.


    We also offer guided tours of Hartlepool Art Gallery to school and colleges by arrangement for a small donation.

  • Shop Stock

    Looking for that perfect gift? The Gallery gift shop carries a wide range of books, art, gifts and jewellery, with a focus on the work of talented local makers. The Tourist Information and the Theatre Box Office are also located in the Gallery. You can also contact the Box Office on 01429 890 000.

    Some of our current stock includes:


    Andrew Sanders and David Wallace in the gallery gift shop. The artists work together in their small workshop producing an interestingly diverse range of studio glass, including perfume bottles, vases, bowls, drinking glasses, candlesticks and paperweights using recycled glass.


    Artist: Rhianne Siân


    Rhianne graduated in Summer 2017 with a First Class Honours Degree in Textiles and Surface Design. Whilst studying, she interned in both London and Kent working closely with other designers, whilst also working on live projects with companies such as River Island, Liberty of London and Feathr. After Graduating, she exhibited her work in London at New Designers 2017 to later design and work with Moon Pig Ltd. Rhianne is now focusing on 

    her own design business where she gains inspiration from her rural surroundings within the North East. She combines her love of illustration and surface design and creates a range of contemporary and detailed designs ranging over limited edition art prints, gift, interior and fashion.

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    Artist: Rosebud Casson.

  • Own Art

    Hartlepool Art Gallery is a proud member of the Own Art Scheme. Own Art makes buying art easy and affordable by letting you spread the cost of your purchase over 10 months with an interest free loan.

    For further detail please visit the Gallery or call: 01429 869706.

  • Tour, Talk, Tower, and Tea

    Enjoy a tour around the Gallery, a talk with our own tour guide, a visit to the top of the tower and delicious cream tea for just £8.00 per person.


    To book call: 01429 869706


    Tours must be pre-booked, maximum group size is ten. Tours last approximately 30 minutes depending upon current exhibition.

  • Tower

    Please be advised due to essential maintenance the Tower will be closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.




    Enjoy a tour around the Gallery, a talk with our own tour guide, a visit to the top of the tower and delicious cream tea for just £8.00 per person.


    To book call: 01429 869706


    Tours must be pre-booked, maximum group size is ten. Tours last approximately 30 minutes depending upon current exhibition.


    The Tower


    Please be advised due to essential maintenance the Tower will be closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


    The Viewing Tower, a unique feature of the Gallery - if you are feeling fit and you time it right you can see the workings of the tower clock and hear the quarterly chimes from its peak of six bells. You can climb the stone tower and have the best vantage point of the town for a small fee. Looking out to sea you can see for miles.


    Artist: Lucinda Grange. Image is constructed from 8-12 images. Pictures taken from the top of the tower of Hartlepool Art Gallery in September 2011 (HBC Permanent Collection)


    Artist: Bob Watson. (HBC Permanent Collection)

  • Cafe

    Located inside Hartlepool's Art Gallery, The Vestry is run by the students of Catcote Academy as part of their education. The café serves a range of light meals, tasty treats and snacks, including freshly baked scones, cakes, cookies along with homemade soups, jacket potatoes and a variety of sandwiches.


    The café is open from 10am to 4pm, and specialises in afternoon teas and light lunches, meaning no matter what time you visit the Art Gallery there will always be something available to suit your mood!


    The café is also an official Fair Trade café, meaning all of the café's tea, coffee and food were fairly sourced and paid for.


    The cafe now takes card payment.


    Private functions can be catered for upon request, for all enquiries please call: 01429 523402

  • Access Statement 2019


    Hartlepool Art Gallery and Information Centre is situated in Church Square a two minute walk away from the Railway Station and the Transport Interchange.


    Many local bus services operate from Victoria Road which is a five minute walk from Hartlepool Art Gallery. Taxis are available at the railway station. There are some taxi firms with accessible taxis.


    The main entrance to the Art Gallery is in Church Square opposite Middleton Grange Shopping Centre where there is a Shopmobility Scheme. The Middleton Grange Shopping Centre is a few minutes’ walk from the Art Gallery and involves crossing two roads by pedestrian crossing.


    Car Parking and Arrival

    There is parking near Hartlepool Art Gallery at Hartlepool Interchange. Click here for more information. 

    There is a small area at the entrance doors with a stone floor.  The double entrance doors are always open when the building is open.


    The car parking nearest to the Art Gallery for non badge holders is the Transport Interchange which is a two minute walk away. There are 70 spaces in the car park and the charges are as follows:


    £1.50 for 2 hours

    £2.00 for 3 hours

    £2.50 for 10 hours


    There are four bicycle posts just at the entrance to the Art Gallery to which bicycles can be locked.


    Assistance dogs are welcome and a bowl of water can be obtained upon request.

    Entrance Charges

    It is free for everyone but there is a small charge for visiting the clock tower.


    Main Entrance and Reception Area

    The building is entered through double doors which are always open when the building is open.


    The main entrance is situated on the first floor with step free, level access. There is an anti slip mat in the first section of the entrance lobby. The entrance lobby has tourist information leaflets attached to the walls on either side.


    The Art Gallery is then entered through two sets of double doors which can be opened by a blue accessible button.


    The reception desk is located on the right immediately upon entering the Art Gallery after passing through then entrance lobby and double doors. 

    Reception is manned all of the time that the Art Gallery is open.  The reception desk is 80cm in height. The Theatre Box Office is situated at the reception desk.


    Wheelchair Hire

    A manual wheelchair is available on request from the main reception. There is no charge/deposit for this service.


    Fire Alarms

    The fire alarms give an audible bell warning.  All fire exits are clearly signposted.  If you are likely to need assistance to exit the building in the event of a fire alarm please tell a member of staff on your arrival.



    The shop is situated in the reception area of the Art Gallery.  It has a flat tiled floor.

    All merchandise is clearly priced and many items are at low level.  Assistance can be provided by staff if necessary. The total till display is visible to the customer.


    The ladies and gents toilets are situated on the left hand side of the Art Gallery not far from the reception desk. Both have baby changing facilities.

    There is a separate accessible toilet close to the cafe. This toilet has grab rails and a door which opens outwards. It is easily accessible by wheelchair.


    Getting Around

    There is step free level access throughout the Art Gallery.   Lightweight Walk and rest stools are available.

    There are 164 steps up to the viewing tower.  Unfortunately there is no lift as the Art Gallery is a former Victorian Church and a grade 1 listed building.


    Induction Loops

    The Art Gallery does have an induction loop


    Special Exhibitions and Learning Family Activities

    Throughout the year the Gallery holds a wide variety of changing exhibitions, events and activities.  For further information please contact the Art Gallery.


    The cafe is situated at the far end of the Art Gallery and there is step free level access from the entrance.

    Tables in the cafe are well spaced apart. There are mainly upright chairs with no arms and one table that has two sofas.

    The till’s display is visible to the customer.

    The cafe now takes card payment.

    All food is freshly made on the premises. Please speak to the staff about the ingredients in your meal when making your order. The cafe is a fair trade cafe.


    Contact Details


    Art Gallery and Information Centre Church Square Hartlepool TS24 7EQ

    Telephone Number: 

    Art Gallery and Information Centre  01429 869706

    Box Office  01429 890000

    Cafe  01429 523402



    Opening Hours

    Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 -  5.00 Closed Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays.

    The Cafe is open from 10.00 – 4.00 on the same days as the Art Gallery


    The next review date for the Access Statement is September 2018


    If you would like to hire the Art Gallery for your event or exhibition then please contact Andy Scott for a copy of our venue pack.

    01429 869706


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  • Green Commitment

    Hartlepool Gallery gift shop is committed to reducing our carbon footprint. We stock wares by local designer/makers, which means reduced transport emissions whilst supporting our community. Many of our suppliers use recycled or eco-friendly materials, with others making a conscious effort to reduce future plastic use. The shop uses paper or recycled plastic in packaging, eco efficient printing paper and environmentally responsible cleaning products. We continue to strive towards change for a better future.


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