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.

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 and Damien Hirst’s Black Sheep with Golden Horns (2009). The Sculpture Galleries hold works of national importance from artists including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

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

Damien Hirst art work of a sheep in a glass case on display amongst calssical paintings in an art gallery

Upper galleries

Vistors admiring a wall of brightly colored portrait paintings in an art gallery

The upper West, South and East galleries contain contemporary works from the collection along with changing displays.

The Lives of Others in the West Gallery proposes a different way of looking at portraits, bringing together a range of paintings, sculpture and film depicting people.

Current displays also include The Camden Town Painters in the North Gallery, Thomas Frangenberg Gift in the East Gallery and Staged Grand Guignol: Surrealism & Beyond in the South Gallery.

Explore the light filled central space, located in the upper galleries.

Unveiled during the restoration project of 2016, the Central Court forms a large light filled space in the upper galleries.

James Thompson’s Spatial Drifts is now on display, presenting alternative ways to experience the gallery’s iconic architecture.

Artist James Thompson looks at his work on display in the Central Court of Leeds Art Gallery


A man looks happily at his daughter who is colouring-in at Leeds Art Gallery

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

The space is now open and we invite you to enjoy our summer holiday programme. See what’s on and pick-up a Laura Slater activity pack during your visit. You can also download our Mindful Creative colouring-in sheets to complete from home.

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