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 The Leeds Collection



While the roof repairs take place we are unable to display any artworks on site for conservation reasons. However, over 150 paintings and sculptures from Leeds Art Gallery’s nationally Designated collections will go on loan to over 70 international, national and regional venues.

Building on our already extensive loans programme, this period of closure allows even more artworks from the Leeds collections to be enjoyed by people beyond the city, with some works going on loan for the first time.

Major works on loan:

  • Edward Armitage’s huge canvas ‘Retribution’, presented to Leeds Town Hall by the artist in 1858, and William Joy’s iconic painting ‘General Gordon’s Last Stand’ are both included in Artist & Empire, Tate Britain’s much-applauded exhibition.

  • Francis Bacon’s ‘Painting 1950’ will go to Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain and Grimaldi Forum Monaco.

  • Seven works by Stanley Spencer will spend over a year at the Stanley Spencer Museum in Cookham, the Berkshire village where the artist spent most of his life.

  • Antonio Canova’s marble sculpture ‘Venus’ (1817) will travel to the artist’s home town Possagno in northern Italy, where the gipsotecha in the artist’s studio forms the Museo Canova.

  • Paula Rego’s larger than life 'The Artist in her Studio' will go to Casa das Histórias, Portugal and then to Brazil.

  • The Gallery’s much-prized Fauvist painting by Andre Derain will be displayed in Madrid.

(Image credit: Lady Elizabeth Butler (1846-1933), 'Scotland for Ever', 1881. Courtesy Leeds Museums and Galleries, given by Colonel T. W. Harding, 1888.)

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You can browse many of our paintings online via the BBC Your Paintings website!

Discover more about the range of artworks in the Leeds Art Gallery Collection and the history behind them. 

See our collections on the Art UK website