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

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.
Portrait of Charlotte Brontë

The Brontës on Film: Gallery Talk

  • 31 October 2016 2-3pm

Discover how the novels of the Brontë family have been adapted for film and television. From 1930's Hollywood classics to contemporary TV productions, each interpretation brings its own flavour to the original stories. Ann Dinsdale, Curator of the Brontë Parsonage Museum, and Jane Sellars, Curator of the Mercer Art Gallery discuss some of the filming projects they have experienced at Haworth and reveal the role this unique museum has played working with set and costume designers, researchers and directors. Booking is required, please contact the Mercer Art Gallery to reserve your place.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£6.00 per person

photograph of leaves in a puddle on a pavement

Photography Walk

  • 3 November 2016 11am-1pm

Bring your camera or smartphone and walk with photographer Paula Duck to take photographs of local landscape and nature, and pick up tips to help improve your images. Finish the session with a cup of tea and a look at Liza Dracup's new photography exhibition in the Mercer. Booking is required, contact the Mercer to reserve your place.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£5.00 per person


Pair of blue shoes with embroidery detail

Workshop: Fashionable Footwear

  • 5 November 2016 10:30am-3pm

Join artist Serena Partridge to examine vintage footwear from our collection and learn how she creates her tiny artworks, before fashioning your own small shoes using an assortment of interesting papers and fine trims. Booking is required, please contact the Mercer Art Gallery to reserve your place. £25 per person which includes all materials and refreshments (lunch is not included).

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£25 per person including all materials and refreshments (lunch not included).

Photograph of an embroidered cuff of a historic men's jacket

Georgian and Victorian costume

  • 11 November 2016 10:30-11:30am

Handling session where you can get up close to fragile items from our costume collection and learn how they were made. Our curators will show fashions including embroidered Georgian waistcoats and caps, Victorian needlework, shoes and accessories. Discover how we store and care for our collection of costume and textiles. Booking is required, please contact the Mercer Art Gallery to reserve your place.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£6.00 per person


Mercer Art Gallery
Swan Road
North Yorkshire




01423 556188

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