Workplace was founded by Miles Thurlow and Paul Moss in 2002 as an artist-led group. In 2005 they opened Workplace Gallery in Gateshead Town Centre to commercially represent a group of artists based in the region and help them access the international art world.

In 2017, after over a decade of successfully developing an international reputation, Workplace set up Workplace Foundation to support and exhibit emerging and under-represented artists - with a commitment to cutting through the excluding barriers that artists still face working on the margins of the art world and outside of London in England.

Workplace Foundation is a registered charity and is part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. Workplace Gallery continues to grow as a separate commercial gallery and is based in London and Gateshead.