Queen’s Hall Arts is a charity and multipurpose arts centre based in the heart of Hexham serving West Northumberland, the wider North East and beyond. 

October 2023 marks our 40th Anniversary as an Arts Centre. Read on to find out a little more about what we do and if you’re not already, follow us on Facebook, X (formally Twitter) and Instagram or sign-up to our newsletter to be the first to hear about our exciting plans!

What does Queen's Hall Arts do? 

We develop and deliver a vibrant arts programme, support artists, provide opportunities for our community to take part in the arts and offer a valuable creative resource to our local area.  
Queen's Hall is established as a strong base for an extensive range of artistic activity, attracting the best international and national artists from music, drama, dance and national touring comedy to non-professional shows put on by local community groups.

How do you work with local communities?
In addition to activity in the building, we deliver an extensive outreach programme bringing workshops and performances to communities, schools, charities and other organisations throughout Northumberland. Take a look at some of our current projects here.

We support rural film clubs, Tynedale Community Choir and work in association with Hexham Amateur Stage Society and Queen’s Hall Theatre Club.

How do you support professional and early career artists? 

We’re committed to supporting professional and early career artists. We offer rehearsal space, advice and other resources to allow the creation of new work inspired by our local area and the people who live here. 
We also host a free monthly co-working day for artists based in the Tyne Valley to get together, network and share ideas. 

Who are your partners? 

Queen’s Hall works with many partners, both regionally and nationally. We really value working in collaboration with other individuals, groups and organisations by pulling together ideas, skills and expertise through co-creation and collaborative support.  

Our local partners include Core Music, Hexham Book Festival, Hexham Community Partnership, Hexham Abbey, Museums Northumberland, Forum Cinema, Alnwick Playhouse and Hexham Library among others. 

In partnership with other cultural organisations in Hexham, we also lead the Hexham Culture Network.

Our impact

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In 2022, we programmed 387 live performances, talks and workshops, attracting over 32,000 people, through ticket sales alone.

Outside of this, we lead on a programme of events and projects in collaboration with local communities including Festival of Flame, Hexham Lantern Parade, Animating Hexham and Illuminated Sheep

Our Building

We are located in the heart of Hexham, opposite Hexham Abbey on Beaumont Street. We have a 350 capacity Theatre, a state-of-the-art Studio Theatre, two gallery spaces and our stunning White Room which overlooks Sele Park... 

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We’re also home to Hexham Tourist Information and Hexham Library which is managed by Northumberland County Council and provides an additional performance space in the evenings and for our Sunday Jazz sessions.  

Our Funding

We’re an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and receive funding from multiple sources.

23% of our funding comes from Arts Council England and 18% comes from Northumberland County Council. 57% of our income comes from ticket sales, room hires, bar takings and ice cream sales and other income sources. And an additional 2% of our income comes from individual donations. 

All of our work is achieved by our small staff team and our fantastic volunteer stewards with support from our Board of Trustees


Our History

Our History

Our building is a magnificent early Victorian building on Beaumont Street. It overlooks the beautiful Sele Park and faces Hexham Abbey (dating from 647AD).  

Read more about our history.

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