ARt Galleries In Leeds
If you enjoy seeing things from a different perspective
Leeds has a wide range of art galleries, offering everything
from fine art and watercolours to modern art involving
old milk cartons and deceased frogs. If you’re a
culture vulture, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
The Leeds City Art Gallery [map] is probably Leeds’ most famous and respected gallery.
Centrally located at The Headrow, the City Gallery aims
to “awaken your senses” with its many collections
of watercolours, paintings, sculptures and traditional
prints. This gallery boasts some of the most outstanding
works of British art outside of London.
Next door to the City Gallery is the famous Henry Moore
a unique resource devoted exclusively to sculpture, with
a programme comprising exhibitions, collections and research.
The centre was established by the Henry Moore Foundation
as a partnership with Leeds City Council in 1982.
Staying in The Headrow, a less grand but equally impressive
gallery space can be found at Artspace [map],
part of Leeds Central Library. This gallery provides a
great insight into the minds of local artists and offers
a range of exhibits from digital prints to film installations.
Another gallery in the city centre is the Leeds University
in Woodhouse Lane, which offers a programme of exhibitions
as well as a permanent collection room given over to the
display of selected items from the university art collection.
The collection was gathered together over more than 100
years and is of particular appeal to those interested
in 17th century art, ceramics and photographs.
Meanwhile Leeds Metropolitan University [map] based at Calverley Street, is home to regular multimedia
exhibits and provides a great opportunity to witness the
work of visual artists of the future.
If contemporary art is more your style Artco [map],
Meanwood Close, stages regular fine art exhibitions and
has access to a full range of limited edition prints as
well as offering custom picture framing services.
Moving out of town Browns Gallery [map] of Otley is one of the leading picture galleries in the
area. It supplies pictures of modern art, stocking both
original and limited edition prints by artists such as
David Shepherd and Kaye Boyce as well as many local, national
and international artists. If you’re looking to
purchase art, Browns is an ideal place to begin. As well
as selling art and collectable items it also offers a
bespoke framing service.
If you’re keen to see the efforts of regional artists,
then a visit to The Brahm Building [map],
9a Alma Road, Headingley, is a must with its ever-changing
programme of exhibitions by regional artists.
But if you’re looking for something more unusual,
a visit to Horsforth and The Art & Design Gallery [map] should be high on your list. Opposite the Horsforth railway
station, The Art & Design Gallery has built up a reputation
for, in particular, its permanent exhibition area of kiln
formed glass by Paul Mazza, who’s own studio is
located next door to the gallery.
And heading out of the city altogether, you'll find one
of the regions true hidden delights: the West Yorkshire
Sculpture Park [map],
at Bretton Hall, Wakefield. Next to University College
Bretton Hall, the park has hundreds of acres of land on
which to display changing work from some of the world’s
most respected sculptors. The Sculpture Park provides
a great educational day out for all the family.
A little further a field is Salts Mill [map],
located in Shipley, Saltaire, West Yorkshire. This huge
gallery is home to a permanent exhibition of David
Hockney art. The Mill has three public floors of massive
space, which have been converted from the original wool
textile mill into a world of art, music, books, flowers,
shops, and a laid-back inviting attitude.
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