ARt Galleries In Harrogate
Sometimes the best way to find your feet in a new town
is to have a look at the art that it inspired, and there’s
plenty of places to do that in Harrogate.
One of the largest galleries is the Mercer [map]. The Mercer can be found in the building
that previously occupied the Promenade Room, Harrogate’s
oldest spa building which was completed in 1806. It
was originally built to house the large number of visitors
coming to Harrogate to take the waters from the sulphur
wells now housed in the Royal Pump Room.
The Gallery building has been used as many things, including
a theatre where some great Victorian performers visited
including Oscar Wilde and Lily Langtry. In 1991
the building was restored to its former glory and opened
as the town’s art gallery.
Visitors today will find an exciting and diverse range
of touring exhibitions and events covering painting, photography,
sculpture and crafts. Activities, workshops and educational
opportunities are held throughout the year and there’s
also a fine art collection which consists of more than 2,000 works of art from the 19th and 20th century.
If you’re looking for a smaller place to connect
to art, head to The Gascoigne Gallery [map] on Royal
Parade. Offering affordable contemporary paintings
with regular changing exhibitions, visitors here can enjoy
etchings from such luminaries of the art world as Picasso,
Turner, Miro, Chagall, Matisse, and Hockney.
Godfrey & Watt [map] in Westminster Arcade,
was founded in 1985 by Alex and Mary Godfrey with the
aim of bringing the work they love to members of the Harrogate
public. You can view and buy original work here by Peter
Blake, Patrick Caulfield, Richard Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin
and Ed Ruscha, and there’s also a constantly changing
range of ceramics, jewellery, studio glass and sculpture.
For an unusual gift that’s also very personal and
special head to the Walker Galleries Contemporary Art [map] on Montpellier Parade, which specialises in
19th and 20th century English and European paintings and
watercolours. Carrying the largest stock in the North
Of England, Walker Galleries covers a wide range of
subject matter including marine, sporting, figurative,
and still life.
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