gallery 1

main gallery

gallery 2

with glass cabinets

gallery 3

with shelving units

You can hire this large beautiful gallery by the week.  It is situated on the 4th floor of Waterstone’s bookstore and is normally open for public viewing during store opening hours 7 days/week.   Since the opening in September 2005 it has been in constant use hosting diverse group shows; touring exhibitions from major galleries in the UK and US; to showcase creative businesses and for important community information exhibitions.  An adjacent smaller gallery is ideal for solo or small exhibitions and the two galleries can be hired together at a reduced rate.

Have a look at the previous shows hosted at VIEw from the top.

Small gallery

small gallery 1

entrance to main gallery

small gallery 2

from the stairs

small gallery 3


Hire charges
A weeks hire runs from Tuesday - Monday inclusive, with Tuesday normally used to set up and Monday to take down. These days are the quietest in store and ensure that exhibitors get the full benefit of public viewing over the weekend. The size and versatility of the gallery can be appreciated from the downloadable plan. There is a very simple hanging system and lockable cabinets and shelving units available to show textiles, jewellery, glass, ceramics and other medium.
Main gallery £600 per week, £500 for successive weeks (Not For Profit organisations £500 and £450) large gallery plan
Small gallery £150 per week small gallery plan
Both galleries hired together £700 per week and £600/week for successive weeks (NFP £600 and £550)
Different charges apply during December - please enquire. The hire charges include assistance with installation and take-down, private view within store opening hours (not catering), promotion on the website, gallery mailing list, poster sites throughout the store and advertising screens on ground floor and in the window (from 2008). The gallery does not take any commission on sales except where our card facility is used.

Additional services
We offer a range of additional services to help you make your show a success. These include:

  • Hire of lockable cabinets suitable for jewellery, ceramics, glass etc 15 per cabinet per week
  • Hire of large open shelf units suitable for textiles, ceramics, glass etc 20 per unit per week
  • Additional invigilation or sales staff 10 per hour
  • Use of our card payment facilities by your customers 10% of sale price
  • Assistance with additional marketing and promotion by negotiation
  • Extension of gallery hire outside store opening hours (up to 9pm) for preview parties/receptions 150. Catering for preview parties by arrangement.

The gallery area is also used for serving refreshments to people using our meeting room thus increasing visitors to your exhibition.

Check availability for 2007 calendar

Check out our guide for exhibitors

To take your enquiry further please complete the gallery enquiry form