Leeds Art Gallery
Leeds Art Gallery is located in the centre of Leeds. It houses some of the most important examples of British art outside of London. In 1997 the collection was designated by the government as being of national importance.
The gallery has a large collection of contemporary art exemplified by its policy of supporting the work of living artists. Some recent acquisitions include works by Bill Woodrow, Paula Rego, Mark Wallinger, Stephen Willats, Alison Wilding and Bridget Riley. Leeds Art Gallery receives support from the Henry Moore Foundation and this has enabled the Gallery to purchase many important sculptures and now has a modern sculpture collection second only to that of the Tate Gallery in London.
There are, of course, a number of moody, low light paintings by local Leeds artist, Atkinson Grimshaw. French artists include Derain and Sisley.
As well as oil paintings there is usually a selection of watercolours, drawings or prints from the permanent collection on show in the Watercolour Gallery. Leeds Art Gallery has examples of the work of such leading watercolourists as J M W Turner, John Sell Cotman and Thomas Girtin. There is space to show only a small fraction of the total collection owned by the gallery. It is possible to view items that are not on public display by making an appointment to view.
In 1915 the gallery was bequeathed the personal art collection of Sam Wilson. This collection consists of paintings, sculpture, pastels, furniture and ceramics focusing on 'English Impressionism'.
There is also a wide range of sculpture with works by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Alexander Calder, and more recent sculptors such as Anthony Gormley, Alison Wilding and Bill Woodrow on display. As mentioned Leeds Art Gallery has been in a position to build up a major collection of sculpture thanks to the assistance of the Henry Moore Foundation. There is always sculpture from the permanent collection on display.
Refreshments are available from the cafeteria and the restaurant serves more substantial meals. There is a gift shop selling books, postcards and souvenirs. Toilets, including baby changing facilities are provided.
Leeds Art Gallery
0113 247 8256