Recognised for being of ‘national importance’ and described as hosting ‘probably the best collection of twentieth century British art outside London’, Leeds City Art Gallery is a must-visit. The gallery’s permanent collection includes works by JMW Turner, Paula Rego, Rembrandt, Francis Bacon and William Holman Hunt while a dedicated team ensure an inspiring, ever-changing programme of exhibitions which have included works by Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry and David Hockney.
It may not have the reputation of artsy hubs like Bristol or Glasgow, but we're here to tell you that Leeds has a wonderfully vibrant and eclectic art scene. Being home to the only specialist arts uni in the north of England, that shouldn't come as a surprise — many an artist has been nurtured and inspired by this city.
From world class sculpture to provocative photography and traditional seventeenth century painting at the 'Hampton Court Palace of the North', there's a piece of art here for every taste. So let's get into it. These are the best art galleries in Leeds right now.