Leeds art galleries and exhibitions have helped to launch the careers of Damien Hirst, Barbara Hepworth, Kenneth Armitage and Henry Moore. Partly that’s down to the success of the Leeds College of Art, which was originally founded in 1846 and has a long list of notable alumni.
Leeds Art Gallery originally opened in 1888 and hosts works from the 19th century and earlier, but is particularly celebrated for 20th century British art. For sculpture, the Henry Moore Institute is required, and The Tetley provides a centre for contemporary art and education in the art deco former headquarters of Tetley’s Brewery.
Within the University of Leeds resides The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, showcasing both the special collections from the university and student/graduate work.
And outside of these venues are a hive of contemporary and smaller independent galleries. The gallery at Munro House showcases everything from photography to illustration and fine art, Sunny Bank Mills Gallery is in a restored mill, and Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery is actually tucked away under Leeds Art Gallery.
Find out the latest exhibitions and what’s happening in Leeds art galleries, including the &Model gallery, Workshop Press Gallery, Old Grammar School Gallery and the latest pop-up and temporary art spaces.