Hidden Gems in the


The Bob Abley Art Gallery is a cultural gem – open seven days a week here at the Town Hall, it is constantly updated with thought-provoking and exciting works, many available for purchase.

Commercial and Facilities Manager, Colin Ranson, explains the gallery’s affinity with the great Norman Cornish, its importance to Spennymoor’s social history and how it promotes the ground-breaking work of pioneering local artists.

The Bob Abley Art Gallery at Spennymoor Town Hall is quickly becoming one of the biggest and busiest in the North East of England.

Located within Spennymoor Town Hall, across two floors, the gallery hosts a large selection of art for sale by over thirty of the country’s top regionally and internationally renowned artists, that si forever changing.  The large selection of stunning pieces will astound the art lover and buyer, and is a must see for those who invest in the very best of art.

Within the gallery there is also a large collection of original works for sale and prints by Norman Cornish, many of which have never been seen before.  Also on display is his original studio, depicting how and where he painted, re-created from his home in Spennymoor.

We are also privileged to host the permanent ‘Coming Home’ exhibition by Chris and Steve Rocks which includes an incredible selection of over 30 pieces of their original work and hand embellished prints.  The ‘award winning’ twins who uniquely both work on a painting at the same time are hosted on the top floor of the gallery and in over three rooms.

The Gallery continues to look for new exciting artists looking to see their work, as well as people who would like to sell their own art in the gallery.  For further information, please contact us on 01388 815276 or by email info@spennymoor-tc.gov.uk.





“Brilliant! Always exciting to see Cornish’s paintings and sketches. Very moving!”
“A great representation of a disappearing North East.”
“An amazing record of a way of life.”
“Spennymoor Town Hall – an excellent gallery.”
“Fantastic! Art that really speaks.”
“An inspiration to all of our local upcoming talent.”
“Very, very impressive. A gift! Remarkable collection.”
“A privilege to see work from a special artist and local man.”
“Our very own ‘Lowry’ genius.”
“A beautiful selection of work… personifies everything about the mining industry.”

Artists &


The art gallery is always looking for new artists to exhibit their work in the gallery.
It only needs to be a couple of pieces of work.
If you would be interested in exhibiting please contact us for further information.

The art gallery is facilitated on a daily basis by our fantastic volunteers to show you around and explain about each artist and their work. We are always looking for new volunteers to help, as our visitor numbers are increasing on a weekly basis.

To find out more about the role please contact us