Mercer Art Gallery

Mercer Art Gallery
Swan Road
North Yorkshire




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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

Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 2pm to 5pm
Closes 4pm daily November to March

Closed: Mondays except Bank Holidays (open 10am-5pm)
Closed 23-26 December 2012 and 1 January 2013

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.
First World War poster by Frank Brangwyn portraying children orphaned by the war

Brangwyn's War: Posters of the First World War

  • 17 May 2014 — 18 January 2015 *on now

Frank Brangwyn was one of the most prolific artists of the First World War, designing more than 80 posters. These were inspired by his memories and photographs of the Belgian and French landscapes and also fuelled by his personal response to the invasion of Belgium, his country of birth.
This exhibition presents a collection of his works produced during The Great War, including drawings, prints and lithographs. Often shocking and violent in their content, Brangwyn’s posters focused initially on recruitment and war loans before going on to portray concerns for wounded soldiers and orphaned children.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Masterstrokes: Great Paintings from York Art Gallery

  • 25 October 2014 — 25 January 2015 *on now

Religious panel paintings, 18th century portraits and works by David Hockney, LS Lowry, Walter Sickert and Paul Nash are among the 33 art treasures included in this touring exhibition. York Art Gallery is currently closed for an £8million development, due to reopen in 2015.

York Art Gallery’s collection of fine art is of national and international importance. From stunning 15th century Italian panel paintings to sumptuous 17th century still lives and genteel 18th century portraits by the likes of William Hogarth and Alan Ramsay. The collection provides an overview of 600 years of western European painting. Masterstrokes is a touring exhibition which has travelled to five other venues throughout Yorkshire and the north of England and now makes its final appearance here at the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate.


Edo Pop

Edo Pop: Urban Heroes in Japan

  • 24 January — 12 April 2015

Take a glimpse into the colourful contemporary culture of nineteenth century Japan in an intriguing exhibition of EdoPop prints.

These colourful wood-block prints, featuring urban celebrities, actors, sports champions, fashion icons and villains, were ‘mass produced’ and eagerly sought after by fans of Edo’s (now Tokyo) pop culture.

EDOPOP is a lively and convincing visual record of the humour, compassion, anxieties and emotions of this great city.

Opening Times: Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm
Sun 2pm - 5pm
Closed Mondays except Bank Holiday Mondays.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Edo Pop: Urban Heroes in Japan 1830 - 1890

  • 24 January — 12 April 2015

This exhibition will explore the fascinating hand-printed pictures that were made in the 19th century city of Edo (present-day Tokyo).

These 50 woodblock prints show celebrities, Samurai, Sumo wrestlers, fashion icons, firemen, villains and their devoted fans.