Things to see & do at Leeds Art Gallery

Explore our permanent collection and temporary exhibitions set amongst the stunning architecture of our unique gallery spaces.

A free attraction in the heart of the city, the gallery collection comprises a wide range of modern and contemporary art along with an extensive programme of events.

Visit our what’s on page to find out what’s happening during your trip to Leeds Art Gallery and find out a little bit more about our collections ahead of your visit.

Entrance hall & staircase

Brightly coloured wall painting by a classic staircase

Enter the light filled entrance hall and take in the bright and beautiful work of Lothar Götz.

The entrance hall is home to important works from the collection including sculptures by Antony Gormley.

Götz’s stunning wall painting Xanadu links the lower and upper galleries, leading up to the light-filled space above. Both colourful and contemporary it is juxtaposed against the Victorian architecture of the gallery.

Find our Gift Shop in the entrance hall too.

Lower galleries

Explore the lower galleries including work from the early years of the collection, temporary exhibitions and sculpture.

The Ziff Gallery displays a collection of  Victorian art including favourites such as John Atkinson Grimshaw.

Temporary exhibitions are held across The White Gallery and Small and Large Lyons Galleries.

Landing and West Gallery

A collection of portrait paintings is hung in a gallery by a Victorian staircase. It is being observed by two women

The Lives of Others

Taken at face value, a portrait offers an intimate glimpse into a historical moment through the depiction of an individual. This display takes a different approach bringing together a wide range of works that feature images of people, and sometimes where people are notable by their absence, suggesting new and sometimes unlikely alliances to get us to consider how our contemplation of others might be affected by the social and psychic relations between people across time and space.

Artists include Mark Gertler, Leon Kossoff, Jacob Kramer, Winifred Nicolson, Stanley Spencer, and many others.

West Room

New Sculpture Acquisitions

New Sculpture Acquisitions celebrates the ongoing partnership between Leeds Museums and Galleries and the Henry Moore Institute. Working together since the establishment of the Henry Moore Centre for the Study of Sculpture in 1982, this collaboration has created one of the strongest collections of British sculpture in the world. This display showcases recent additions to the sculpture collections, including works by Claire Barclay, Phyllida Barlow, Andrew Bick, John Carter, Jesse Darling, Norman Dilworth and Charles Hewlings.

South Gallery

‘An Axis of Abstraction’: Art in Cornwall and Yorkshire – Then and Now

This display explores the cross-fertilisation between the respective art practices of West Cornwall and West Yorkshire since the second half of the 20th century.

Cornwall, and in particular St Ives, has attracted artists since the late 19th century. In the early decades of the 20th century modern artists began to congregate in the area, while in the 1950s the establishment of the Gregory Fellowships in painting, sculpture, music and poetry at the University of Leeds in 1950 offered new opportunities for artists to work in Yorkshire for a period.

Recent acquisitions by artists Ro Robertson, Emii Alrai and Veronica Ryan are here presented in dialogue with sculptures, paintings and ceramics by Hepworth and other artists living and working in Yorkshire and/or Cornwall from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Image: Ro Robertson, Torso III, 2022. Leeds Museums and Galleries (Leeds Art Gallery). Presented by the Contemporary Art Society through a special partnership with the Henry Moore Foundation, supported by Cathy Wills, 2022/23 © Ro Robertson. Courtesy the artist and Maximillian William, London. Photo credit: Robert Glowacki

North Gallery

The Expressive Mark – Extended

Please note: The North Gallery is currently closed

This display focuses on abstract painting that emerged from the impact American art had on British artists in the post-war years and beyond. Abstract Expressionism, as it was known from the late 50s and early 60s, came to be seen as a form of shorthand for concepts of freedom and self-expression. Into this uninhibited and expansive field of painting, British artists Gillian Ayres, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Alan Davie, Albert Irvin, and more recently, Fiona Rae, brought their own sense of discipline and form to redefine the language of abstraction.

East Gallery

Object – Space – Time: John Tunnard amidst the English Modernists

The collection of early 20th century modernist art includes a group of distinctive paintings by John Tunnard (1900-1971). Most of them were a gift to the Gallery in 1997 and here we present them together alongside paintings and sculpture by his contemporaries. Many of these artists knew him and his work, though Tunnard took a singular course, and the display locates small groups of work by the lesser-known Tunnard, amongst other works by Paul Nash, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Edward Wadsworth and C R W Nevinson, and more recent artists, to uncover alliances and mutual interests underscored by affiliations to the natural world.


Artspace is a relaxed, family friendly, creative space in the heart of the gallery.

The space is open to all and we invite you to enjoy our school holiday programme. See what’s on and explore activities for children and young people in Leeds. You can also download our Mindful Creative colouring-in sheets to complete from home.

a man and young girl doing arts and crafts activities in artspace

Archive of Sculptors’ Papers

Young woman studying at library desk

Visit Leeds Museums and Galleries’ Archive of Sculptors’ Papers located at the Henry Moore Institute.

Leeds Museums and Galleries Archive of Sculptors’ Papers is a rich and fascinating collection which tells the story of British sculpture.

The working lives of hundreds of sculptors are captured in their photographs, letters, drawings and sketchbooks, alongside film, digital records and even tools and costume.

The archive is free to use, but visits must be booked in advance so that we can get items ready for viewing.

Visits can be booked Tuesday to Friday, 10am–5pm, but please check the Henry Moore Institute website before planning your visit: