The Design Gallery

Gallery 19 was originally built on the top floor of The Athenaeum as a theatre. Many of the original architectural features remain and a programme of exhibitions showing the Decorative Arts and Design Collections now call this space home. An ideal space for a drinks reception with a unique and dazzling backdrop.

This stunning Gallery showcases the Design and Decorative Arts Collections through a programme of changing exhibitions. With ornate cornicing and panelling, the architectural features of this exhibition space make it a truly unique space and an ideal location for a memorable event.

Currently on display- Trading Station: How hot drinks shape our lives

Food & drink

Our in-house catering team offers food and drink for any event thrown at the gallery – and anything’s possible. Simply tell us what you’re after and leave the rest to us. We prepare everything from canapés to business lunches to lavish dinners – always with an eye on fresh, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients – and you can wash it all down with our fine selection of wines, soft drinks, and Fairtrade coffees and teas.

One off extras

We are also able to offer you the opportunity to create a unique experience for you and your guests whether it be a guided tour, art workshop, wine or gin tasting or a cocktail making class. Please talk to us about your requirements and our team will work with you to ensure that you and your guests have a truly memorable and distinctive experience.

Let us help you craft the perfect event

Call the Events Team to discuss your exact requirements or fill out the form, and we will advise you on which combination of event spaces would work best for your special day.

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