From day one, we have made every effort to make art accessible to all and aspired to engage with as many people from different backgrounds as possible; our work has never been defined by the boundaries of gallery walls and we have always been keen to take art out into the community. By taking an open-door approach with artists and audiences, we endeavour to cultivate a socially-connected practice that is dynamic, responsive and engaging.
We first opened our doors in 1994 in the former Globe Boot Company, familiar to the local community as one of the first shoe shops in North Shields. Setting out with a strong belief in community spirit we decided to keep the name, and Globe Gallery has since maintained close ties with the community.
We celebrate our 25th year anniversary now in the 7th location and from the 7th floor of Commercial Union House. Based in the former Northern Constitutional Club HQ which from 1961 until 2013 was exclusive in its use as a ‘members only’ venue. With not many visiting or even knowing about the space, we had planned to throw our doors open and invite you all to an event in March 2020. Sadly, this was not possible due to the pandemic.
We now have a brief window of time to invite you to this unique space to view The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far, featuring the work of father and daughter, Amy South and the late Tony Whitfield. With a lot of hard work and support from ACE Recovery Fund round 1 we were fortunate enough to install this show between the second and third lockdown and we are very much looking forward to finally opening our doors in the coming weeks.
2021 will see us in another venue as together with the rest of the occupants of Commercial Union House we are scheduled to move from our current space and continue on our nomadic journey, making way for development proposals for the East Pilgrim Street. Although we are accustomed to moving and adapting to the ever-changing landscape of the creative sector, we are still very saddened that our time on floor 7 has been fleeting and cut short by the pandemic. In spite of these challenges, we are confident that our next adventure will offer great experiences for artists, visitors and our committed team of supporters.