Leeds Art Gallery

A collection of national importance



At Leeds Art Gallery, you will find a collection of artwork ranging from the 19th Century. Paid for by public subscription, the gallery opened in 1888 in honour of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. The artist, Hubert von Herkomer, formally opened the building, and presented an example of his work to the collection.

In 1912, the Leeds Art Collections Fund was formed to support the gallery’s acquisitions, which it continues to do today. Although the gallery was forced to close in January 2016 for major renevation, it reopened in October 2017. Following this extensive refurbishment, for the first time in a generation, visitors can see the stunning glass ceiling that has been transformed into a new gallery. The skylight floods the gallery with natural light for the perfect art viewing experience, and perhaps a cheeky sun tan in the process.

For those who would like to use the space to actively learn, Leeds Art Gallery asks questions like: what does a colour taste like? What conversation is going on there? Can anyone be an artist? The answers to all are for you to discover.

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