Yorkshire Arts Guide

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.

Sheffield and surrounds

The Civic, Barnsley - The Gallery@ 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.

Hull and surrounds

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.

ART&ROSE, Pocklington 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.

Gallery Fourty-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.

At Oresome there is an understanding that jewellery is not just an accessory, it's a surprise, it creates experiences and inspires, it represents us for who we are. Taking years of experience in traditional jewellery design and craft, Oresome have forged together bespoke pieces of contemporary jewellery that cannot be found anywhere else. 

York and surrounds

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.

Kunsthuis Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located 15 miles north of York in the beautiful scenic village of Crayke. Since May 2014, the gallery has continued to celebrate the best of Dutch art alongside the increasingly well regarded and emerging artists of the UK. Throughout our inspiring and exciting exhibition programme we continue to build an excellent reputation with customers and collectors from the UK and beyond.

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.

West Yorkshire

The Hepworth Wakefield - Brand new gallery, designed by acclaimed British architect, David Chipperfield. See unseen collections of sculptures by Barbara Hepworth. The world-class gallery spaces offer a vibrant social space with a café serving locally sourced food, education spaces for learning activities and a programme of film screenings, talks and events

The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, is the ultimate venue for sculpture in the heart of the city.

The Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax. A magnificent complex of nineteenth century mills now housing 6 stunning galleries.

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, is a leading contemporary craft gallery, showcasing craft and design by some of the most prominent designer-makers in the UK & Ireland.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield. 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. WATCH A VIDEO!

Ashley Jackson Art Gallery, Holmfirth - An extremely distinctive and illustrious life in the world of art. Since Ashley Jackson opened his first gallery back in 1963, he has become one of the country's leading and most successful landscape watercolourists. A Train named after "Ashley Jackson - The Yorkshire Artist" travels between Bradford and Kings Cross three times a day, taking art to the people and Yorkshire to a wider audience through the faithful reproduction of Ashley's moorland landscapes on to vinyl within every carriage on the train. WATCH A VIDEO!

The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, set within the iconic Parkinson Building on campus at the University of Leeds, 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.

The Tetley, Leeds - The Tetley is a new centre for contemporary art and learning in a landmark heritage building, located in the city centre just five minutes' walk from Trinity Leeds, and under 10 minutes from Leeds train and bus stations. Housed in the former headquarters of the world-famous Tetley Brewery, this stunning building houses galleries, learning and event spaces and offers opportunities for people of all ages to engage with contemporary art and Tetley's heritage.

Harewood House 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 is a lively, welcoming and friendly city centre art gallery adjoining the internationally reknowned Henry Moore Institute and bosting a stunning cafe in the Victorian Tiled Hall.

Temple Newsam is home to 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 and is now in its 31st year 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.

North Yorkshire

Scarborough Art Gallery - The Gallery tells the story of Scarborough through art: its history, the influence of the sea, and portraits & fashion. Summer 2011 includes Howard Hodgkin Prints with a full family events programme.

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.

Watermark Gallery - For the perfect souvenir from your trip to Yorkshire, look no further than the Watermark Gallery, an online art gallery specialising in contemporary and modern British art; watercolours, prints and drawings, from artists with a particular interest in the Yorkshire landscape.

Zilah Bell GalleryThe Zillah Bell Gallery attracts visitors from all over the country, who travel to Thirsk just to see what’s on! With exhibitions changing monthly, the gallery represents and promotes an extraordinarily wide range of both established and emerging artists. The works shown include a broad range of media including painting, printmaking and ceramics.

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 - Located on the main cobbled street that runs through the market town of Hawes in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The Gallery's selection of paintings and other artwork is constantly changing, and every couple of months, for around three weeks, it hosts solo-artist exhibitions.

Robert Fuller Gallery - Tucked deep in a fold of the remote Yorkshire Wolds, this gem of a gallery is a must for wildlife lovers everywhere. Dedicated to the work of leading wildlife artist Robert Fuller it is home to a treasure trove of paintings and original oil paintings.

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.

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.