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Picture Lending Selection Day

Picture Lending Selection day at Leeds Art Gallery.

26 April 2014 11:00am - 3:00pm

Enjoy original art at home.


Established in 1961, the Picture Lending Library was set up 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 600 works and 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. passport or driving licence) and proof of address.  All works are insured by Leeds City Council, but standard charges apply for damage or loss.


Contact details:   To find out more, call us on (0113) 247 8256 or call into the Gallery.

Additional information:  

Leeds Art Gallery 

The Headrow

t.   0113 247 8256


Explore and enjoy a world of art in the heart of Leeds. Leeds Art Gallery is home to one of the best collections of 20th century British art outside London.


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Public transport  

Getting to Leeds Art Gallery. 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. Please contact Metroline for up-to-date travel information on (0113) 245 7676 or visit www.wymetro.com. By car: The Art Gallery is well serviced by all routes travelling to the city-centre. If you are using a route planner, our postcode is LS1 3AA.


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, which are a 5 or 10 minute walk from the Gallery.

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