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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.


The Young Cultural Ambassadors scheme has been developed to engage young people with arts and cultural opprtunities 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.


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: 

Artist: Andrew Sanders & David Wallace

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: Tracey Ann Burns

Artist: Tracey Burns. 

Rosebud Casson

Artist: Rosebud Casson.




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


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 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.

 Lucinda Grange

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


Bob Watson

Artist: Bob Watson. (HBC Permanent Collection)

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 potatos 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.

Please click here to view our Christmas Menu.

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


Click here for our current Exhibition...  Amusements

Hartlepool Art Gallery and Information Centre

Access Statement 2017


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 are eight blue badge holder parking spaces directly outside the Art Gallery.  This is the only parking immediately outside of the Art Gallery. The surface of this car park is paved and is flat with a very slight incline into the building.

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.

Please click here to view our Christmas Menu.

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 Jean Hogg for a copy of our venue pack.

01429 869706


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