Galleries and Museums

Galleries and Museums

Visual Arts in Yorkshire

Yorkshire's confident and creative spirit can be witnessed across the diverse range of art galleries, craft centres and museums. From the mighty sculptures at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, to quaint independent art galleries in our market towns and cool exhibition spaces in the urban centres, there's a visual feast just waiting to be discovered.

North Yorkshire

Scarborough Art Gallery - An Italianate villa built in the 1840s as part of The Crescent, houses Scarborough's fine art collection. Paintings feature seascapes and views of Scarborough including works by Atkinson Grimshaw, H.B.Carter, Frank Mason and Ernest Dade. The Gallery also displays works by Lord Leighton, Ivon Hitchens, Matthew Smith, Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious.

Captain Cook Museum, Whitby - The Museum houses a unique collection of original paintings and drawings by the artists who sailed with Cook on his three great voyages.  Hodges and Webber are particularly well represented. There is a Gainsborough;   and pastels of Admiral (Bounty) Bligh and his wife by John Russel.  A feast of maritime art!

Woodend Art and Craft Gallery, Scarborough - an exciting contemporary venue which shows work by an extensive range of artists and practitioners. The exhibition programme is edgy and thought-provoking and attracts visitors with a passion for art and culture. Admission to the Gallery is free to the public and all visitors are welcome.

The Connection Gallery - The Connection Gallery in Thirsk is the latest addition to the Arts in North Yorkshire, which opened in April 2017. The gallery is home to Abstract Art and Ceramics of an abstract influence. A small gallery with a big focus on local talent.

Tracy Savage Art Gallery, Scarborough. The Scarborough Gallery boasts a fabulous location, opposite the Grand Hotel, this gallery is a stone's throw away from the sea so boasts some fabulous views too.

The Herriot Gallery, Hawes - The Herriot Gallery houses a constantly changing selection of original paintings, oils, etchings, mixed-media, pencil drawings and giclee prints by our wonderful local artists. Their core body of work is supplemented by regular exhibitions of work from featured artists.

Mill Bridge Gallery, Skipton - Located in a canal-side building dating back to 1675, this building is said to be the oldest dwelling in Skipton, and showcases the work of more than 20 talented local photographers and sculptors.

Art Gallery at Ryedale Folk Museum - The Museum’s main entrance building houses the art gallery.  Each year, the art gallery hosts a series of high-quality exhibitions including art to buy, exhibitions by local artists and fine art works to see.  The gallery is FREE to visit and open during Museum opening hours.  

The Mercer Gallery, Harrogate - The Mercer Gallery is home to Harrogate district's fine art collection from the 19th and 20th centuries. Whilst not on permanent display, the works feature in a lively and diverse exhibition programme, ranging from national touring exhibitions to displays by local artists.

ArtisOn, Yorkshire Dales - Provides an unrivalled choice of short art and craft skills workshops in the Yorkshire Dales. Treat yourself to a fantastic day out and create something special - either for yourself or as a unique gift.

Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey - Artwork at The Devonshire Arms is taken from the Duke of Devonshire's Private collection, there is even a bedroom named after the artist, Herbert Royle.

York Art Gallery Enjoy a fine display of paintings and ceramics plus a busy events and exhibitions programme.

Beningbrough Hall just outside York features over 100 paintings from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

Yorkshire Museum - Recently refurbished and houses some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe, the Yorkshire Museum is the ideal first port of call for any trip to York.

National Railway Museum - Art lovers can enjoy previously unseen works of art thanks to an exciting gallery which opened at the National Railway Museum in 2011. The brand new purpose-built exhibition space is funded by The Foundation for Sport and the Arts. It hosts an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions showcasing the Museum's unseen art collection alongside railway-inspired works of art from across the world. The National Railway Museum's vast art collection comprises of 11,222 Posters, 2,358 Prints and Drawings, 1052 Paintings and 1,500,000 Photographs, many of which have never been on public display.

Arthaus Gallery is located in Richmond North Yorkshire and is exclusive to Mackenzie Thorpe, selling originals, prints, bronzes and sculptures. They also have a selection of artistic cards and beautiful gift ware.

Lucy Pittaway has two dedicated Art Galleries, located in Brompton-on-Swale, North Yorkshire, with the second in Richmond historic town centre, North Yorkshire. Lucy uses soft pastels to create bright and uplifting artwork, with each piece having an underlying story and inspiration related to Lucy’s own life, family and surroundings up in the Yorkshire Dales.

Blandscliff Gallery - Blandscliff presents contemporary art works from national professional artists from all around England but especially from the north East. Contributing artists have produced a wide range of Paintings, Sculpture, Pottery and Ceramics at affordable prices.

East Yorkshire

Wolds Village, Driffield - Lovingly converted Georgian farm comprising; rambling craft and giftshop, clockshop, 40ft Dovecote, attractive courtyards, outside seating, short woodland walk, 7 luxury ensuite rooms, art gallery, function room and a superb locally renowned tearoom and restaurant.

Gallery Forty-Nine - 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.

South Yorkshire

The Civic, Barnsley - The [email protected] The Civic is one of Barnsley's landmark creative spaces. Hosting design led touring exhibitions from National Galleries including the V&A, Flow Gallery London as well as creating unique exhibitions.

Millenium Gallery, Sheffield - is Sheffield's premier destination for art, craft and design. Here you can see some of Sheffield's unique heritage, including the metalwork which made the city world famous, alongside contemporary art and design.

Weston Park, Sheffield - is an award-winning, family-friendly museum where the visitors come first. If visiting with children, simply wind up and release, but there is plenty of treasure here for adults too. Discover the real story of Sheffield, from its geological roots to the people, politics and music that shaped the modern city.

The Cooper Gallery, Barnsley - The Gallery hosts a regular programme of contemporary touring exhibitions including the Craft Showcase which features crafts and artwork for sale by regional and local artists.

West Yorkshire

The Hepworth WakefieldThe Hepworth Wakefield is the country's largest purpose-built gallery in nearly 50 years and is named after Wakefield-born sculptor Barbara Hepworth. Inside this inspiring gallery you'll find a unique collection of sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, as well as changing exhibitions by world-famous artists.

Henry Moore Institute - Experience, study and enjoy sculpture from around the world in the Institute’s Galleries, Research Library and Archive. Visit to discover their year-round changing programme of historical, modern and contemporary exhibitions and research events, which encourage everyone to think about what sculpture is, how it is made and the artists who make it.Find the Institute next to Leeds Art Gallery, in the heart of Leeds, the city where Henry Moore (1898-1986) began his training as a sculptor.

The Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax -Dean Clough has, from its inception, been committed to the arts. Its six, free gallery spaces are one of the country's largest private galleries and feature a changing display of contemporary work - including painting, installations, photography and illustration. It operates a regular performance programme that is renowned for international jazz, national comedy and national theatre in the unique, underground 'Viaduct Theatre'. 

Water Street Gallery, Todmorden -A vibrant and inspiring gallery for contemporary art showcasing and selling original art from leading artists and committed to promoting the work of up and coming artists.

Snug Gallery, Hebden Bridge - This leading contemporary craft gallery, showcases craft and design by some of the most prominent designer-makers in the UK & Ireland.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park - One of a kind, YSP is an international centre for modern and contemporary art. Explore 500 acres of magnificent 18th century landscape with over 60 sculptures in the open air by some of the world's finest artists, including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, Andy Goldsworthy and Antony Gormley.

The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery -Set within the iconic Parkinson Building on campus at the University of Leeds, this gallery displays treasures from the University Art Collection, as well as a programme of changing exhibitions of historic and contemporary art.

Heart Gallery - Nestled beneath rolling hills and breathtaking landscapes, Heart Gallery is a gem occupying part of a former Baptist Chapel in its own grounds. Heart Gallery first flung open its big black doors in 2006 and is now a premier destination in the picturesque town of Hebden Bridge for those seeking affordable contemporary art, timeless jewellery and engaging craft.

Harewood House - This fantastic Georgian property has enjoyed a very special relationship with contemporary artists throughout its history. Today Harewood is home to an astounding collection of paintings by masters of the Italian Renaissance, family portraits by Reynolds, Hoppner and Lawrence, and modern art collected by the 7th Earl and Countess. Drawing on these rich historic associations as inspiration, ‘Harewood Contemporary' is Harewood's programme of temporary exhibitions throughout the season, taking place in the Terrace Gallery, in the State Rooms and occasionally in the grounds including the Terrace, West Garden and Harewood Church.

Leeds Art Gallery - This is a lively, welcoming and friendly city centre art gallery adjoining the internationally renowned Henry Moore Institute and bosting a stunning cafe in the Victorian Tiled Hall.

Temple Newsam i- Here you will find spectacular collections of paintings, furniture, silver, Leeds pottery, ceramics, textiles and wallpapers. The House presents a regular programme of exhibitions highlighting the rich collections of fine and decorative arts which adorn the Tudor-Jacobean mansion.

The Craft Centre and Design Gallery - Established in 1982, this particular gallery prides itself on providing a unique visitor experience for those visiting the vibrant city of Leeds. Their aim is to take you on a journey to experience the talent, skill, originality and beauty of contemporary craft made by UK designer makers today.

Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery - At the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery discover remarkable and unique items from collections recognised as nationally and internationally significant. Amongst these treasures are illuminated mediaeval manuscripts, and a 4,500 year old Babylonian clay tablet. Other gems include a Tudor cookery book printed in the time of Elizabeth I and a map and a first edition of The Hobbit. The Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery is free and open to all.