See & do

Things to see and 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.

Make sure to visit our what’s on page to find out what’s happening during your visit to Leeds Art Gallery.

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 Alexander Calder and 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. Presently on display are works from artists who form part of the Yorkshire Sculpture International programme, including Joanna Piotrowska, Rachel Harrison and Nobuko Tsuchiya.

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.

The North, East and South Galleries are presently closed and will reopen for the New Contemporaries exhibition on 22 September.

Central Court

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.

Ayse Erkmen’s Three of Four (2019) was commissioned as part of Yorkshire Sculpture International in response to the historical architecture of the gallery. This is the first time a work has been specifically created for the space, responding to its hidden history and architectural changes throughout the life of the building.

People walking in between a large architectural sculpture in a light filled gallery

Art Space

Artspace is a relaxed creative space with art materials and activities that explore themes inspired by our current exhibitions.

Come along to draw, build, interact and play or join us in school holidays and meet our latest artist-in-residence. Visit our what’s on page to check for the latest events and activities.