Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds Art Gallery
The Headrow
West Yorkshire






0113 247 8256


0113 247 8254

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At Leeds Art Gallery you can find some of the most outstanding works of British Art outside of London.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Museum

Opening hours

Monday Open from 10:00 - 17:00 except for bank holidays
Tuesday Open from 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday Open from 12:00 - 17:00
Thursday Open from 10:00 - 17:00
Friday Open from 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday Open from 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday Open from 13:00 - 17:00

Admission charges

Admission free.

Getting there

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.

Leeds City Art Gallery has a Designated Collection of national importance.

An outstanding collection of English watercolours; fine Victorian academic and Pre-Raphaelite painting; late 19th century French pictures and "probably the best collection of 20th century British art outside London" (The Times) Extensive collection of modern sculpture.

Collection details

Fine Art, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Atkinson Grimshaw
  • L.S. Lowry
  • Stanley Spencer
  • Andre Derain
  • Henry Moore
  • John Sell Cotman
  • J. M. W. Turner
  • Cozens
  • Girtin
  • Paula Rego
  • Gillian Ayres
  • Damien Hirst
  • Alison Wilding
  • Mark Wallinger
  • Annelies Strba
  • Tacita Dean
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Narrating Objects

  • 1 May 2014 — 1 June 2015 *on now

This sculpture collection display explores the relationships between sculpture and narrative; from the iconographies of portrait and figure sculpture, through sculptures which have words or text embedded, to constructions, assemblages and installations which suggest movement, process or a sequence of events.

A number of recent acquisitions are presented for the first time alongside important works of art that form the core of our ever-expanding sculpture collection. At the centre of the display is ‘Rebekkah’ (2011) by Simon Fujiwara, which was presented to Leeds Museums and Galleries by the Contemporary Art Society in 2013. Telling the story of a young British girl’s journey to China, ‘Rebekkah’ is surrounded by life-sized figurative sculpture dating from the early nineteenth century to the present day, including works by Antonio Canova and Antony Gormley.



Cross Currents

  • 21 June 2014 — 21 June 2015 *on now

The display which draws together works of French art from the Gallery’s permanent collection looks at the allure and excitement of new art from France that impacted on English artists, but also on Yorkshire-based collectors emerging from the enclosed world of late Victorian painting.

From early acquisitions at the end of the 19th century to the taste for Barbizon and the spirit of the outdoors, to paintings of modern life and Gallery director (1934 – 45) Phillip Hendy’s pioneering efforts to bring works by the post-Impressionists Derain, Vuillard and Bonnard into the Leeds collection. The display will also include works by Doré, Courbet, Lucien Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Henri Fantin-Latour and others.

Sculpture by Rodin and an acquisition new to Leeds and previously unseen - a bronze by Edgar Degas, ‘Portrait de femme, tête appuyée sur la main gauche (Portrait of a Woman: Head Resting on One Hand)’ given (2013) in lieu of tax from the estate of the notable British painter Lucien Freud, also feature in this display which draws together works of French art entirely from the Gallery’s permanent collection. Widely known for its collection of 20th century British art this display will bring to the fore a lesser known though nevertheless significant aspect of the Galleries holdings.



Figure and Architecture: Henry Moore in the 1950s

  • 24 July 2014 — 1 March 2016 *on now

Drawn from the collections of The Henry Moore Foundation and Leeds Museums and Galleries, Figure and Architecture: Henry Moore in the 1950s relates to three key architectural commissions undertaken by Henry Moore: 'Time-Life Screen' (1952-3), unrealised designs for the English Electric Company (1954) and 'UNESCO Reclining Figure'(1957-8).

Throughout the 1950s Moore received invitations from architects to produce sculpture for buildings and public spaces. These projects represent Moore's most fully realised attempts to integrate sculpture into the rhythm and fabric of a building. In each example he introduced abstract and biomorphic forms into the restrained elements of modern architecture.



One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People

  • 6 March — 15 May 2015

This exhibition explores the everyday theatricality of the body through paintings of the human figure.

Curated by Jennifer Higgie (writer and editor of Frieze magazine) who has selected works from the Arts Council Collection this group show features both historical and contemporary paintings of people.

The exhibition includes significant loans by artists ranging from Walter Sickert, Lucian Freud, Richard Hamilton and David Hockney through to recent acquisitions of new work by Enrico David, David Noonan, Michael Fullerton, Rose Wylie and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.


  • 1 January — 31 December 2015 *on now

Description to follow.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Artspace: People Power

  • 6 March — 31 May 2015

Until 31 May Our relaxed space for families and others features materials and imaginative activities to explore how and why people are imagined in artworks

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Priestley’s Wars

  • 17 March 2015 6-7pm

BEA talk by Neil Hanson, in partnership with University of Leeds.
Bradford-born, JB Priestley was a man whose life virtually spanned the 20th Century, and a writer who was one of England’s best-loved literary figures. 'Priestley's Wars' traces a personal odyssey through his writings on war - as an enthusiastic volunteer in the First World War, and then a post-war transformation that would ultimately make Priestley one of the most influential voices for peace and disarmament. In previously unpublished letters he wrote while serving on the Somme, it’s possible to detect the foundations of the voice of the hugely successful author, playwright and broadcaster of the inter-war years, whose "Postscripts" radio broadcasts in the early years of the Second World War attracted audiences of 16 million listeners, but which eventually so infuriated Churchill that the broadcasts were abruptly dropped.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Stepping out in Artspace

  • 7 April 2015 11am-4pm

Join our artist in residence and take part in joyful holiday activities for everyone based on how people move

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Art & Commemoration - Eric Gill’s The Moneychangers in Context

  • 21 April 2015 6-7pm

WW1A talk by Anne C Brook, in partnership with University of Leeds. In May 1923, papers as far afield as Glasgow and Norfolk carried news of a controversial war memorial being installed in the University of Leeds by sculptor and designer Eric Gill. Gill's depiction of Christ Driving the Moneychangers from the Temple had been commissioned by the Vice-Chancellor, Sir Michael Sadler. Exploring the origins of that commission, and responses to it, Anne Brook places the controversy in the context of other efforts - successful and unsuccessful - to create works of art which satisfied the need for focal points around which the war dead could be remembered.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.



Exciting muliti-sensory events for very young people and their carers. Come along to Leeds City Art Gallery once a month on Friday, 10.00-12.00.

How to obtain

The activities are free and there's no need to book - just drop in. The dates do change each week so check out the online calendar of events for specific details.

Sessions at the Gallery


Workshops are aimed at GCSE and A level students who are looking to develop their portfolio of work.

How to obtain

Booking is required for these workshops. Call 0113 247 8254 to book or for more details.

Visit Leeds City Art Gallery


A PDF resource to help adult learners make the most of Leeds Art Gallery


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Getting there

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.