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Your guide to art in Leeds

Artists on Show in Leeds

Galleries / Art Spaces / Organisations

Henry Moore Institute

The Henry Moore Foundation's sculpture gallery (Perry Green, Hertfordshire, being the main site for the exhibition of Moore's own work) curates shows of historical and contemporary 3D work, organises events and supports both practice and scholarship in the area of sculpture. It's also home to the foundation's specialist art library and archives.

Leeds City Art Gallery

The city's main art gallery hosts temporary shows of historical and contemporary art and selections from the gallery's internationally important collections.


An organisation specializing in photography and lens-based media, Pavilion commissions new work, organises exhibitions and artist-led education projects and supports regional practitioners.

Leeds Met Gallery

Leeds Metropolitan University's gallery supports emerging and established artists, shows international work, encourages collaborations between art and science and helps coordinate Situation Leeds (see below).

East Street Arts, A delicate matter, EmergeD, Black Dogs, Tricky Jigsaw, EXP24, Institute for Crazy Dancing

You have to dig a bit to find it, but Leeds has a lot of independent, artist-led and not-for-profit art activity going on. A relative shortage of dedicated permanent or semi-permanent exhibition space means that these groups tend to operate online and via the staging of live events. All the above are artist-run.

Founded in 1993 to help artists working in a range of disciplines at different career stages, ESA helps initiate exhibitions, residencies and commissions, offers artists professional support and, at times, studio space. Its Patrick Street Studios were recently home to the volunteer-run gallery 'a delicate matter', set up in 2004 for an 18 month period. Leeds Visual Arts Forum, a voluntary organisation of artists and arts professionals committed to raising the profile of the visual arts in Leeds is also presently based at Patrick Street.

Part of a wider EmergeD network (groups are also in Glasgow and Edinburgh) EmergeD Leeds aims to represent local, national and international artists' practices to diverse audiences. Underpinning Black Dogs' shows and multi-media projects is the view that all artistic acts are unavoidably political. Tricky Jigsaw also organizes shows and events; founded on community art principles, it stresses accessibility and aims to appeal to a diversity of audiences.

Experimental film collective EXP2 organises frequent screening events. Independent, low and no budget filmmakers are invited to submit work.

Live arts organisation ICD draws on practitioners from many arts disciplines. Their "site-specific performance journeys" include plenty of opportunity for public participation - each audience is an integral part of its own show.

Situation Leeds

An independent festival first launched in 2005 and delivered by artists and art groups in Leeds. 2007 activities will focus on the public realm as a site for critical practice.

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