Hartlepool Art Gallery, opened in 1996 (the year of Visual Arts), is situated in a stunning and beautifully-restored Victorian church – built in 1854 by the architect, E. B. Lamb. The exhibition programme changes frequently, alongside displays from the permanent Fine Art Collection. William Cresswell Gray donated his home as the first museum and art gallery and gave many of the first paintings. These remain in the collections to this day and make up the bulk of the best known and best loved artworks. Most notably, 'The Sleeping Beauty' by Daniel Maclise, which won a recent public vote of favourite paintings in the Collection.
Throughout the twentieth century, collecting has been constant and the process has been used to collect works by local artists and depicting significant events in the town. Hartlepool continues to collect now – although on a smaller scale – looking to fill gaps in the existing collection and represent younger artists originally from or working in the town.
This location is open to the public
Church Square, Hartlepool, Tees Valley, England, TS24 7EQ
If you are planning a visit to see a particular painting, check with the location first. Paintings can be moved at short notice