Art Galleries in Leeds

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor

From purpose-built, civic institutions to art deco breweries and repurposed mills, Leeds and its surrounding region is bursting with some of the best galleries and art centres in the North. Also check out our guide to the city’s best museums.

Here are our picks

  • 1. The Tetley

    The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ - Visit now

    Housed in the 1931 art deco headquarters of the Joshua Tetley & Son brewery, The Tetley opened in 2013 and has sat at the very epicentre of the Leeds art scene ever since.

  • 2. The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds

    Henry Moore Institute, art gallery in Leeds
    Courtesy of Henry Moore Institute

    The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, 74 The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AH

    Founded by Henry Moore himself, who claimed “there wasn’t a single piece of sculpture in my home town” (Castleton) while “Leeds Art Gallery had nothing of any value”, today the institute boasts one of the strongest public collections of sculpture in Britain, and leads an ambitious programme of exhibitions and research designed to ‘make a significant impact on the future of art history’.

  • 3. Leeds Art Gallery

    Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, Yorkshire, LS1 3AA - Visit now

    Founded in 1888, Leeds Art Gallery houses a world-class collection of 19th and 20th century British painting and sculpture, presented alongside a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions. Best of all however, don’t miss its incredible Victorian Tiled Hall café, perfectly formed lending library, and the stunning glass ceiling that was ‘re-discovered’ and restored to its former glory in 2017.

  • 4. Art Hostel in Leeds

    Art Hostel, Leeds
    Courtesy of Art Hostel

    Art Hostel in Leeds, 83 Kirkgate, Leeds, LS2 7DJ - Visit now

    The UK’s first social enterprise of its type, Art Hostel is a pioneering new project by East Street Arts. Each bedroom has been designed by a different local or international artist, the ground floor features an evolving gallery, exhibition and project space, and the basement hosts a dynamic rolling programme of art installations and events.

  • 5. The Hepworth Wakefield

    The Hepworth Wakefield

    The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, Yorkshire, WF1 5AW - Visit now

    Just a short drive out of Leeds, The Hepworth Wakefield is easily one of the leading cultural highlights of the North – a claim signed, sealed and approved by the Art Fund when it awarded the centre the prestigious title of Museum of Year in 2017.

  • 6. Serf in Leeds

    OPEN/CLOSED — lewdjaw, courtesy of Serf, art galleries in Leeds
    OPEN/CLOSED — lewdjaw, courtesy of Serf

    Serf in Leeds, 23—25 Wharf Street, Leeds, LS2 7EQ - Visit now

    Underpinned by an open, inclusive and communal ethos, Serf facilitates a brilliantly eclectic, ‘non-curated’ programme of exhibitions.

  • 7. Assembly House in Leeds

    Assembly House, art galleries in Leeds
    Courtesy of Assembly House

    Assembly House in Leeds, 44 Canal Road, Leeds, LS12 2PL - Visit now

    An artist-led organisation founded in 2013 by university graduates, Assembly House runs a monthly programme of exhibitions and events across both of its two sites.

  • 8. Live Art Bistro in Leeds

    Live Art Bistro, art galleries in Leeds

    Live Art Bistro in Leeds, 1, 2 Regent St, Leeds, LS2 7QA - Visit now

    Live Art Bistro is a vital engine room for live art practices in Leeds and the wider region.

  • 9. Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, Yorkshire, WF4 4LG - Visit now

    Never fail to combine a visit to The Hepworth with the chance to stretch your legs in the UK’s leading open-air gallery. Check out our 2018 guide.

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