Missed our submission days and want to join?
Just email us for an appointment. Not joined before? Just read the T&C (membership) and bring your work to the appointment. We don't judge, if your presentation is professional it's what we want.
We are here primarily, to provide exhibition space, entrepreneurial opportunity and education for local artists and the Gallery is run and staffed entirely by volunteers. Membership normally runs from February to December each year. In 2021 the membership fee was waived to 2020 members due to government restrictions and lockdowns. In 2022 the membership fee will be £30 for the year, the first increase in many years which is still only approximately 62 pence a week for the privilege of having your work displayed to the general public for 9 months.
We take 25% commission on any of your work which sells. Your fee and any commission help collectively with running costs; mainly rent to Northumberland County Council, and public liability insurance. The rent is due to increase considerably, backdated to 2021
Submissions from new members and members wishing to swap work or bring multiple items should email for an appointment, normally outside opening hours for safety. Members replacing one sold painting are welcome to leave it with the custodian when the Gallery is open.
The Gallery has hand sanitiser available at the foot of the stairs, by the entrance, by the entrance to the rear room and on the custodians desk. We also have NHS QR codes. All members are expected to wear a face covering when visiting the gallery at any time.
Each year, members remove their work on collection days and bring new work on submission days when they also rejoin the Gallery. New members are welcome on these days.
In 2022 submission days are 5th February and 12th February, 11am - 3pm. Prospective members must read the terms and conditions carefully, we don't want you to bring pictures that are too big, badly strung, with the wrong tape on or crafts that fall apart or call 6 assorted items a set. If we have to tape and add cord to your framed work we will make a small charge of £5.
You will need to fill in our paperwork at the gallery unless you bring your paperwork with you, quicker and safer, so have prices and titles ready. Bring a pen, glasses and a face cover.
We do not judge your work but we do check the presentation. Mounts must be well cut and clean, frames must be unshipped and scratched, correctly strung and taped. Crafts must be fit for purpose and safe. If you are bringing paintings they should be ready to hang on the wall - you are bringing your work to exhibit and hopefully sell after all. If you are bringing crafts, think about how they will be presented. Most items will sit on a shelf or in a display case so jewellery should be in a box for example. If you can, visit the Gallery so you get a good idea of what our members do and what our standards are.