The Shopfront Gallery has been operating as an artist run initiative since 2008, with changing monthly exhibitions. It is supported by the property owner, artist and master printmaker Mike Phelps. It offers artists an exhibition space which is a unique one within the Newcastle art scene - a small space within which to explore their visual ideas in ways that can differ substantially to a larger, more traditional gallery space. With no exhibition fee, Shopfront poses no barriers to artists who may otherwise feel restricted in their exhibition opportunities. Volunteer curatorial support is available where required.