Sheila from Shields, her cat and the rainbow

81 years of Sheila Graber’s inspirational art and animation

Herd Groyne painting.


Until Saturday 30 October

Visitor information

Open during normal gallery opening hours

Donations welcome, free entry

Further information about planning your visit.

Please note, on Monday 4 October, this exhibition will be closed to the public from 10am-12:30pm due to a school workshop taking place in the gallery. 


Sheila Graber’s major retrospective exhibition marking her 80th birthday, which was originally scheduled for May 2020, was unveiled when the museum reopened on 17 March 2021. During the Covid 19 pandemic Graber reflected further on her artistic journey and re-shaped the themes and content of the exhibition to heighten their relevance for today. 

This family-friendly exhibition brings together the full range of Graber’s engaging and passionate work, including landscapes, portraits and delightful animations. Her playful and humorous cartoon cat companion features throughout. The South Shields artist is also a great champion of the creativity that exists in us all and has encouraged and inspired countless others. As well as celebrating Graber’s own work, the exhibition will capture her wider impact and offer the opportunity for everyone to try their hand at creating an artwork. Find out further information about this exhibition.


Visit Sheila Graber’s website to find over a dozen on-line workshops all linked to the show. Workshops range from print making to psychology, animation to art and tips on how to write for publication.


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