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.
textile print of people fishing

Sheila Bownas: A Yorkshire Life in Pattern

  • 9 September 2017 — 7 January 2018 *on now

Come and be dazzled by a blaze of colour at the Mercer Art Gallery as we showcase the work of Yorkshire born pattern designer, Sheila Bownas. The work of this reclusive artist and textile designer threatened to fade into obscurity until a chance find in a Yorkshire saleroom led gallery professional Chelsea Cefai on a journey of discovery.

Educated in Skipton, pattern designer Sheila Bownas showed artistic promise from an early age. In 1941 she secured a junior art scholarship to attend Skipton Art College and later gained a county art scholarship to attend the Slade School in London and several of Sheila’s paintings were exhibited at The Royal Academy of Arts. In the early 1950s, her interest was drawn to textile design and Sheila’s natural flair for pattern led to a successful freelance career, supplying bold and colourful designs to the likes of Liberty and Marks and Spencer throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s. She moved between London and Linton for twelve years, before finally settling in the Dales until her death ten years ago.


Free admission during gallery opening hours.

landscape painting at Kettleness

Katharine Holmes: In Grandmother's Footsteps

  • 16 September 2017 — 14 January 2018 *on now

Katharine Holmes's grandmother Constance Pearson was an artist, and so was her mother Philippa Holmes. All three generations lived and worked in High Barn Cottage, Malham, in the Yorkshire Dales. For the last two years Katharine has been exploring the places Constance visited, including Cornwall, Malhamdale, Fryup Dale and the Yorkshire Coast, and has been making new landscape paintings of her own. Opening hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10am until 5pm (4pm from November until January), Sunday is 2pm until 5pm (4pm from November). Closed on Mondays, December 23 until 27 and January 1.


Free admission. Opening hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10am until 5pm (4pm from November until January), Sunday is 2pm until 5pm (4pm from November), closed on Mondays.

Mercer Art Gallery
Swan Road
North Yorkshire




01423 556188

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