Inspiration

Inspirational Arts

With stunning landscapes and striking sky lines, it’s easy to see why Yorkshire continues to inspire artists around the world. From Hockney to Hepworth and Moore to Turner, discover the work of world renowned artists and new emerging talent at galleries across the county.

Yorkshire is renowned for its association with sculpture, so much so, that the county is home to the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, consisting of four fantastic venues that celebrate sculpture of all shapes, sizes and forms: The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Leeds Art Gallery and The Henry Moore Institute. With only a 30-minute drive between venues, you can enjoy a full day or leisurely weekend of world-class sculpture.

Having recently undergone an £8 million development, York Art Gallery has been transformed into one of the best regional galleries in the country. There is now more space to display a wide range of works, from Italian Old Masters to the likes of LS Lowry and David Hockney as well as two new first floor galleries which are home to CoCA, the newly created Centre of Ceramic Art.

One of Barnsley’s landmark creative spaces, Gallery@ The Civic regularly hosts touring exhibitions from galleries including the V&A as well as creating unique exhibitions. A little further down the road, is Millenium Gallery, Sheffield’s premier destination for art, craft and design. Here you can see some of Sheffield’s unique industrial heritage alongside contemporary art and design.

ART&ROSE provides a beautiful, tranquil space in the heart of the bustling market town of Pocklington where artists and makers can exhibit their work for sale. Set up in 2011 by Art Graduate Emma-Jane Whelan, ART&ROSE aims to showcase the best of local fine art originals, including paintings, prints, photography, illustration, jewellery & silversmithing, sculpture, ceramics, glass and textiles.

Situated in the market place of the Old Town area of Bridlington, East Yorkshire, Gallery Forty-Nine occupies two floors of a Georgian listed building and has four exhibition spaces with an exciting range of paintings, sculpture, jewellery and ceramics by contemporary British artists.

The Mercer Art Gallery is one of Yorkshire’s most exciting galleries. You never know quite what to expect when you go through the door… great Victorian paintings from the Harrogate collection by famous names such as Atkinson Grimshaw and William Powell Frith or challenging contemporary art. Visitors love the gallery for all sorts of reasons, it showcases all kinds of art, it’s not too big and there are plenty of places to sit down; it can be an oasis of calm, a place for reflection and contemplation, or an arena for excitement.

Impressions Gallery is an independent space for contemporary photography, near City Park in the heart of Bradford. From 16 September – 3 December, the first ever survey exhibition of work by Peter Mitchell will be available for everyone to see. Peter Mitchell was an early pioneer of colour documentary photography.

In November, wrap up and head to the coast for a stroll with your loved ones and look out for the new 80m long Robin Hood’s Bay mosaic which will be installed on the sea wall. Created by artist Ruth Wilkinson in her studio at Pateley Bridge, the large mosaic will be made up of numerous hand-glazed pottery tiles mounted on boards that will be fixed to the seawall.

The official artist for the Tour de Yorkshire 2016, Lucy Pittaway captures the essence of the Tour de Yorkshire race and the Yorkshire landscape. View her entire collection of originals and browse through her extensive range of prints at her gallery at Brompton On Swale, near Richmond.

This article was taken from our Autumn 2016 Guide.