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

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Isabel Alexander, Penecillium, watercolour, 1948

Isabel Alexander: Artist and Illustrator

  • 14 January — 4 June 2017 *on now

The first major retrospective of work by Isabel Alexander (1910-1996), who has been described by admirers as ‘the English Georgia O’Keeffe.’

Alexander trained at the Slade School of Art, London in the 1930’s then travelled widely in Europe and lived for the last 20 years of her life in Yorkshire, where her work attracted a strong following. The works on show reveal her extraordinarily diverse career as an illustrator and artist, influenced by her great love of the British landscape and the natural world, as well as her great empathy for the disadvantaged.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Jacquie Denby

First Weekend: Whats New?

  • 18 June 2017 2-3:30pm

Join us for the first weekend of the Harrogate Open 2017, packed with children’s activities, gallery tours and artist demonstrations. Free drop-in event, there will be activities for children and adults, no need to book.

Suitable for

  • Any age


John Craxton

Life Drawing Workshops

  • 23 June 2017 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 30 June 2017 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 7 July 2017 10:30am-12:30pm

For anyone who wants to develop their drawing skills, these artist led life-drawing sessions are suitable for beginners and upwards. Each workshop will start with a series of short poses to loosen things up and encourage quick mark making, followed by a long pose for more detailed study.


£20 per session, Places are limited, please book tickets in advance telephone 01423 556188 or email


Mercer Art Gallery
Swan Road
North Yorkshire




01423 556188

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