Mercer Art Gallery
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.
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.
Over 2000 works of fine art, mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Fine Art, Photography
Kate Whiteford: False Perspectives
- 18 June — 18 September 2016
False Perspectives will see the gallery transformed by Whiteford’s dramatic large-scale images printed on to the walls of the Gallery.
Whiteford has drawn inspiration from the oak trees originally planted in the 18th century by Brown on the Harewood Estate. The exhibition reflects Brown’s clever technique of planting trees of different scales to make the horizon seem further away, making the landscape appear to be on a grander scale. He would also place a ‘feature tree’ in the centre of a vista to divide the view and Whiteford plays with this idea within the gallery setting.
Commissioned by the Mercer Art Gallery with the support of Arts Council England, Yorkshire
- Any age
Noble Prospects: Capability Brown & the Yorkshire Landscape
- 25 June — 11 September 2016
The great landscape gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown (1716-1783) changed the face of eighteenth century English parkland, creating a magical world of woods, water and swathes of green that lives on until this day in Yorkshire.
Capability Brown is the creator of some of Yorkshire’s most admired landscapes, and this unique exhibition brings together an intriguing collection of artworks, which reveal more about the designer and his designs. Drawn largely from Yorkshire collections the show features portraits of Capability Brown and his Yorkshire clients, original plans, drawings and documents by Brown, paintings of his creations as well as works of art that inspired his landscapes.
- Any age
Tom Wood: New Work
- 19 February — 19 June 2016 *on now
Best known for his portraits, including those of HRH, The Prince of Wales and Yorkshire author and playwright Alan Bennett, Wood’s subject matter also includes figurative subjects, animal and nature subjects, abstract and still life studies. The Mercer exhibition brings together over 30 new paintings, including very recent studies of dancers from Northern Ballet. The paintings will be for sale.
Tom Wood is also an inspiring teacher and he will be presenting two special events at the Mercer Art Gallery:
Tom Wood: New Work an Illustrated Talk on Tues 23 Feb, 2pm, tickets £6
Stencils Workshop Tues 26 April, 10am – 4pm, £25
- Family friendly
Mercer Art Gallery