Leeds Art Gallery has been described as ‘Probably the best collection of twentieth century British art outside London’ (John Russell Taylor, The Times).
Leeds Art Gallery is a lively gallery in the heart of Leeds on The Headrow in Leeds' Cultural Quarter. Offering displays of Leeds' stunning collections as well as a dynamic programme of changing exhibitions, the Gallery is an innovative and exciting place to visit for people of all ages and tastes.
At Leeds Art Gallery you can see a rich variety of art on display from Leeds’ impressive collections. See nationally acclaimed prints, watercolours, paintings, sculptures, photography, and contemporary art .Wander between rooms and see well-known artists from our region, such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Atkinson Grimshaw, Jacob Kramer, as well as work by a range of contemporary artists including Paula Rego, Bridget Riley, Georgina Starr, Tony Cragg, Antony Gormley, Francis Bacon.
Sir Henry Spencer Moore 1898 - 1986 was an English artist and sculptor. The son of a mining engineer, born in the Yorkshire town of Castleford, Moore became well known for his larger-scale abstract cast bronze and carved marble sculptures. Substantially supported by the British art establishment, Moore helped to introduce a particular form of modernism into the United Kingdom.
Moore had strong connections to Leeds. Being Yorkshire born and studying at Leeds Art College in 1919. Moore become the first student of sculpture as the college had set up a sculpture studio especially for him. At the college Moore met Barbra Hepworth, a friendship that would last for many years.
Leeds Art Gallery displays a number of important works by Moore and has worked closely with The Henry Moore Foundation to develop the sculpture collections of Leeds Museums and Galleries. In recognition of this partnership, Leeds Art Gallery is linked by an adjoining bridge to the internationally important Henry Moore Institute, a centre dedicated to the study of sculpture.
Leeds Art Gallery is home to a world of treasures and contains items by famous artists such as Rodin, Henry Moore, Jacob Kramer and Dame Barbara Hepworth, as well as work by less-known and newly emerging artists.
In 1997 the collection was designated by the government as of national importance. The internationally acclaimed collection of works on paper features Turner, Cotman, Cozens and Girtin.
The Gallery has always tried to support the work of living artists. Early gifts included Lady Butler's Scotland Forever. The enduringly popular Leeds artist, Atkinson Grimshaw, is represented by numerous evocative, moonlit scenes. French pictures include celebrated works by Derain and Sisley.
The Art Gallery continues to collect contemporary art. Recent acquisitions include works by Bill Woodrow, Paula Rego, Mark Wallinger, Stephen Willats, Alison Wilding and Bridget Riley. Through the generous support of the Henry Moore Foundation, the Gallery has bought many important sculptures and can boast a modern sculpture collection second only to that of the Tate.
Find out more about our Designated Fine Art collections by following the link at the top of the page.