About Us

The Kemble Gallery & Art Shop

We are a specialist independent Gallery & Art Shop in the historic City of Durham, home to Durham Cathedral, a World Heritage Site. The Kemble Gallery has three floors of Fine Art, Prints, Gifts & Art Supplies. We also offer a bespoke framing service. 

Our staff are a team of creative folk and artists who can offer help and advice on Art Supplies, Art, Gifts & Framing.

 

The Kemble Gallery Collection of Fine Art

We have a range of fine art paintings in our collection including the impressive original oil painting The Wear at Durham by H. J. Boddington, a signed original watercolour of Durham Cathedral by Lilian K. Tuke, 1905 and our favourite the signed original watercolour, Two Hounds at a Stable Door by Charles Edward Brittan.

Recent additions to our collection are the two Damien Hirst prints the limited edition Aurous Iodide and his Red Butterfly print. We also have a David Hockney, Glass Table and Objects, limited edition print, 1969.

Alongside the The Kemble Gallery Collection of 18th Century Fine Art the Gallery exhibits work by local Artists and Craftspeople. 

 


The History of the Kemble Gallery

The Kemble Gallery & Art Shop has been in business for around 40 years. The Gallery is named after Stephen Kemble, Theatre Manager & Actor. The building itself is over 500 years old and is one of the last timber framed buildings left in Durham.

‘Behind No. 61 Saddler Street a theatre stood from 1792 to 1850. Stephen Kemble, who lived at “The Grove” opposite Durham School, was the manager for some years. His famous sister, Mrs. Siddons, is said to have appeared more than once at his theatre. He is buried at the east end of the Cathedral. He is said to have weighed 30 stone at one time and was able to play Falstaff without padding’

Text from A Short Tour of Durham by B. Colgrave and C.W. Gabby, first published, 1947.

 

We support local independent Artists:

If you are interested in exhibiting with the Kemble Gallery, please email digital images of your work for consideration. If you are successful you will be invited by appointment only to come into the Kemble Gallery to show some samples of your work. 

Please contact: Sophy Nixon, Manager | email: kemblegallery@gmail.com