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Picture lending day

Lady choosing a painting at the Picture Lending Library at Leeds Art Gallery.

27 April 2013 11:00am - 3:00pm

Enjoy great art at home.


Established in 1961, the picture lending library was set up as a way for people to enjoy original works of art in the privacy of their own homes. Since then Leeds Art Gallery has continued to loan works of art to people across Yorkshire.

From its earliest beginnings Leeds has continued to add to the picture lending collection which now boasts over six hundred works and it is still growing. There are oils, watercolours, drawings, photographs and a variety of prints available for loan; whether you like landscapes or abstracts, Henrie Matisse or Henry Moore, there is something to suit every taste.

How does it work?

It couldn’t be easier, once you have signed up to the scheme just come along to one of our special selection days, choose a work and take it away that day. A small hire fee is payable when you take the work away and you can keep the work for three months. On the selection days you will be able to learn more about the artworks, meet art gallery staff and also get involved in family activities.

How much does it cost?

There is no membership or joining fee, you pay for what you borrow. This is £4 per month for one artwork and then £2 per month for any additional works. Loans of artworks are for a minimum period of three months.

How to become a Member

Becoming a member is simple. You sign up in person at one of our selection days that are held four times a year.

When joining the Picture Lending Scheme you will need to provide photographic identification (i.e. your passport or driving licence) and proof of address. All works are insured by Leeds City Council, but standard charges may apply for damage or loss.

Price:   £4 per month

Contact details:   To find out more, either call us on 0113 2478256 or call in to the Gallery.

Additional information:  


Leeds Art Gallery 

The Headrow

t.   0113 247 8256


Leeds Art Gallery is currently closed in order to carry out essential repairs to the original roof of the historic Victorian building. The Tiled Hall café and the Visit Leeds & Gallery shop will remain open throughout the period of the building work. During 2016, the Gallery will maintain an active profile through extensive loans from its art collections and seek to engage audiences through external programmes.


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Public transport  

By bus: Leeds Art Gallery is a 15 minute walk from the city centre bus station. By train: The Art Gallery is a 10 minute walk from Leeds Railway Station. By car: The Art Gallery is well serviced by all routes travelling to the city-centre.


Metered street parking is located nearby on Cookridge Street. Secure car parking is available in Woodhouse Lane, The Light, Merrion Centre and Rose Bowl car parks, a 5-10 minute walk away.

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