Mercer Art Gallery

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The gallery is home to Harrogate's Fine Art Collection. The collection is not on permanent display. Paintings, prints and drawings from it are featured in our lively and diverse exhibition programme throughout the year. Exhibitions include national touring shows as well as work by local artists.

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Opening hours

The Mercer Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm and Sundays 2pm-5pm. We are closed on Mondays unless it is a bank holiday. Between November and March we close at 4pm.

Admission charges


Over 2000 works of fine art, mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Collection details

Fine Art, Photography

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Showing the Flower, charcoal and conté, Eileen Cooper 1983

Eileen Cooper RA: Hide and Seek

  • 26 September 2016 — 15 January 2017 *on now

This is a superb opportunity to view a large selection of poetic, bold and figurative drawings by Eileen Cooper RA spanning almost 40 years of her career. This remarkable body of work illustrates how Cooper’s distinctive imagery has developed through making drawings that explore such subjects as sexuality, birth, family, fecundity and creativity. Organised in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts the exhibition is another major achievement for the Mercer, which has a reputation for promoting the work of female artists.

EILEEN COOPER RA: Hide and Seek is at the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate from 24 September until 15 January 2017. Admission is free.


Ilkey Moor (night)

Liza Dracup: Landmarks

  • 18 October 2016 — 8 January 2017 *on now

Liza Dracup is a British contemporary photographer whose work captures a magical and often eerie atmosphere, revealing a photographic vision unavailable to the eye. For her new series of photographs, Landmarks, she turns her attention to photographic material in the Harrogate Fine Art collection.

Dracup was given access to the Mercer Gallery's collection of Victorian photographs and invited to respond to them in her own way. Landmarks features well loved and familiar Yorkshire locations: Hackfall Woods, Strid Wood at Bolton Abbey, the spectacular railway bridge crossing the River Nidd at Knaresborough and Ilkley Moor, all seen through Dracup’s painterly lens.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free entry

Mercer Art Gallery
Swan Road
North Yorkshire




01423 556188

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