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Leeds Art Gallery in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England is a museum whose collection of 20th century British Art is recognised by the British government as a collection "of national importance". Its collections also include 19th century works. The Gallery opened in 1888 as Leeds City Art Gallery and was paid for by public subscription. In 1912 the Leeds Art Collections Fund was formed to support the Gallery’s acquisitions, which it continues to do today. The Gallery is owned and administered by Leeds City Council.

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History

Opening of Leeds City Art Gallery in 1888 from the The Illustrated London News

The gallery was built 1886-1888 by W. H. Thorp, as an extension to the Municipal Buildings to the west (built 1878-1884 by George Corson, now housing Leeds City Library).[1] It is grade II listed. A major renovation was completed in June 2007, including opening up the magnificent Victorian tiled hall (used as a café and bookshop) which links the gallery and the library. At first floor level there is direct access from the gallery to the Art Library. The gallery includes a ground floor lecture theatre which is used for a variety of events.

In front of the gallery is Victoria Square, at the eastern end of which is the city's war memorial. This square is often used for rallies and demonstrations because of the speakers' dais provided by the raised entrance to the gallery.

On display

Works on display in the galleries include :

Scotland Forever! (1881) Elizabeth Thompson

"Ten key works"

The gallery's visitor leaflet suggesting "Ten key works" for a short visit[2] lists the following items (listed here in date order):

Notes and references

  1. ^ Wrathmell, Susan; John Minnis (2005). Leeds. Pevsner architectural guides. Yale U.P.. pp. 74–79. ISBN 0300107366.  
  2. ^ "Short of time? Try our half-hour guide to ten key works." (pdf). Leeds Art Gallery. http://www.leeds.gov.uk/artgallery/files/MG_ArtGallery/2008/2/finallowerestenkey%20works.pdf. Retrieved 10 December 2009.  

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Coordinates: 53°48′00″N 1°32′53″W / 53.8001°N 1.5481°W / 53.8001; -1.5481

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