Five venues available to hire for art lovers

Art galleries offer event organisers the chance to host unique and memorable events, as guests enjoy reception drinks or a seated meal in the company of renowned artworks through to edgy, on-trend pieces.

Artzu Gallery is situated within Manchester's Old Granada Studios (
Artzu Gallery is situated within Manchester's Old Granada Studios (

Artzu Gallery

Situated within Manchester’s Old Granada Studios, Artzu Gallery is a 1,500 sq. foot space that features floor to ceiling windows, with paintings and sculptures are located throughout the venue.  

The main gallery is suitable for events of up to 130 people for standing affairs, or 200 when a marquee is placed outside, on the gallery’s terrace. It is also available for hire for seated meetings and conferences of a smaller size. The gallery is able to provide catering, from pastries and coffees through to bowl food.

Where: Old Granada Studios, Quay Street, Manchester M3 4PR
Contact: 0161 827 1717

Oxford Modern Art

Situated within an old brewery, Oxford Modern Art is made up of five separate rooms, all of which are available for hire.

The Lower Gallery can host up to 200 standing guests or 120 seated, meanwhile The Basement is well suited to corporate events of between 65 and 100 people, and it comes complete with a projector, as well as screens and microphones. Event packages can include exhibition tours, and onsite catering is available.

Where: 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP
Contact: 01865 722 733


RCA Kensington

The Royal College of Art’s (RCA) Kensington outpost offers a range of spaces to hire for events. These include the Entrance Gallery, which can accommodate up to 150 people and is best suited to reception-style events, meanwhile blank canvas spaces The Upper and Lower Gulbenkian galleries can be hired either separately or together.

The Hockney Gallery is available to hire for staff and students and can be used as a backdrop for small exhibitions and private views, meanwhile the Senior Common Room is an exclusive members’ club that showcases works from by the likes of David Hockney, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, among others. 

Where: Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU
Contact: 020 7590 4118 or 020 7590 4548

Hoxton Arches

Hoxton Arches was originally created as an exhibition venue, and as such it is ideal for those looking to showcase their own works or the works of others as part of an event.

The venue provides over 2,000sq. feet of hanging space, for both 2D and 3D artworks. The space features adjustable flood lighting, and the majority of its walls are over 10 feet high. Hoxton Arches is also able to host product launches and fashion shoots, and it can be used as a photography or filming studio.

Where: Arch 402 Cremer Street, London E2 8HD
Contact: or 020 3051 5087


The Biscuit Factory 

Situated within an old Victorian-era warehouse in Newcastle, The Biscuit Factory is said to be the UK’s largest art, craft and design gallery.

The building’s recently revamped Biscuit Room can accommodate up to 300 standing guests or 250 seated, and it adjoins the Ouseburn gallery, which is ideal for pre-event welcome drinks or standing receptions. All artwork remains in place for events, enabling attendees to peruse its contents at their leisure.  

Where: Bermondsey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1BS
Contact: 0191 261 0015

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