Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds Art Gallery
The Headrow
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 3AA
England

Website

www.leeds.gov.uk/artgallery

E-mail

city.art.gallery@leeds.gov.uk

Telephone

General

0113 247 8248

Education

0113 247 8254

Fax

0113 244 9689

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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 & Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 12pm - 5pm
Thursday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm
Closed on bank holidays

Admission charges

Free

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.

Website

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/leedsartgallery/Narrating-Objects.aspx

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.

Website

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/leedsartgallery/Cross-Currents.aspx

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.

Website

http://www.henry-moore.org/hmi/exhibitions

Eyes Cast

  • 3 October 2014 — 18 January 2015 *on now

Elín Jakobsdóttir presents Eyes Cast, a new film alongside plumpe Denken Modalities, a new series of paper cut-outs and drawings.

This German expression ‘plumpe Denken’ is taken from Bertolt Brecht who stated a preference for working with plump or clumsy thoughts. The drawings are concerned with the territory of the mind and body, bringing together objects from the everyday environment, body parts, abstract shapes and lines that trace pathways of thought, humour and poetic ambiguity.

Eyes Cast, shot in Super 8 on location in Leeds Art Gallery is a silent visual poem that traces a path through the building focussing on two bronze portrait busts by Jacob Epstein asking questions about the durability of the artwork, highlighting our own mortality and shifts between factual document and reverie.

Website

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/leedsartgallery/Eyes-Cast.aspx

Shezad Dawood, Toward The Possible Film

  • 1 December 2014 — 18 January 2015 *on now

Shezad Dawood presents film, paintings and neon work alongside a selection from the Leeds collection that presents his new work and current concerns.

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.

Artspace

  • 1 January — 31 December 2015

Description to follow.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

SatARTday Club

  • 3 January 2015 11am-4pm

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Suitable for

  • Family friendly

SatARTday Club

  • 3 January 2015 11am-4pm

Description to follow.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Playground

  • 16 January 2015 10am-12pm

Description to follow.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Artful

  • 17 January 2015 1-3pm

Description to follow.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Nevinson ‘Bad Boy’ Modernist

  • 20 January 2015 6-7pm

A talk by Sue Malvern, In partnership with University of Leeds. CRW Nevinsion produced some of the most recognised images of the First World War which helped define how the War was seen in artistic terms. Later, in 1936, the ‘Star’ newspaper called Nevinson ‘eternally the bad boy … among the artists’. From 1930 Nevinson exhibited a series of allegories, sometimes called his ‘problem pictures’. These became increasingly political as the threat of fascism became more overt. In the same period there was renewed interest in his war paintings from the First World War. Sue Malvern unpicks the contradictions in Nevinson’s politics and practice beginning with his well-known war works 1914-18 and considers their reputation in the 30s and beyond.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

The Picture Library Selection Weekends

  • 24 January 2015 11am-4pm

Join The Picture Library at Leeds Art Gallery and choose from hundreds of original works of art at one of our Selection Weekends to enjoy in your home.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

People Art in Artspace

  • 14 February 2015 11am-4pm

Drop in family art workshop

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Art & Ideas in a Time of War - Herbert Read, Jacob Kramer and the Leeds Art Club

  • 17 February 2015 6-7pm

A talk by Tom Steele, in partnership with University of Leeds. Tom Steele will explore modernist art, literature and culture during the war years with reference to Leeds Arts Club, the literary magazine 'The New Age' (which Arts Club co-founder Alfred Orage was editing at this time in London), Michael Sadler, and the letters between Herbert Read and Jacob Kramer. He will look at the emergence of the abstract expressionist aesthetic , taking in T.E. Hulme's pieces in ‘The New Age’, Vorticism and the Read-Kramer correspondence as well as some reflection on Read's war poetry.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

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.

Playground

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/artgallery/Leeds_Art_Gallery/Whats_On.aspx

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

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/artgallery/page.aspx?pageidentifier=ae7322b7-f2c6-47d8-b965-bc4e18d5056d&cacheId=224&siteID=8

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

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=251

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

Publisher

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