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
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’.
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.
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.
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.