5 of the best – Art Galleries

A Month of Sundays ‘A Month of Sundays’, is located on Sharrow Vale Road in Sheffield. The gallery is the brainchild of Pete McKee, and he is very much the driving force behind this successful venture. You can hardly miss the gallery as you travel down the road, as it’s vibrant exterior really catches the eye.

Since opening in June 2010, the gallery has enjoyed continuing success and popularity with visitors from all over the world. Here you can view one-off originals to rare sketches and prints and the gallery has also played host to exhibitions from artists including Jonathan Wilkinson, Mick Marston and The Designers Republic. Alongside Pete McKeee’s work is an eclectic collection of memorabilia, toys, gifts and souvenirs from past exhibitions – things that have been sent to him and things that inspire Pete.

2015 marks the tenth year since Pete first picked up his paintbrush so to celebrate this, the gallery will be hosting a series of events looking back at the last 10 years and telling you the stories behind the work. So there are plenty of reasons to go back time and time again.

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Art & Rose GalleryPocklington is a classic English market town located at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds, roughly 15 miles from the city of York. With an array of shops, places to visit and stay and lovely eateries, and all surrounded by glorious countryside, it really packs a punch when it comes to being a tourism destination in Yorkshire.

One of the jewels in Pocklington’s crown is most definitely Art & Rose Gallery. This gallery aims to showcase some of the best local fine art including paintings, prints, photography and ceramics.

Throughout the year, Art & Rose have a great calendar of events – look out for Primavera, a collection of work inspired by sacred landscapes, which will be opening in the gallery on 28th February.

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Leeds Art GalleryLocated in the city centre, just next to Leeds’ impressive Town Hall, is the equally stylish Leeds Art Gallery. This is a gem of a place, which gets a whopping 450,000 visitors a year, and it’s incredible that it does not cost you a bean to enter.

Outside the gallery sits the ever-popular Henry Moore sculpture, Reclining Woman, Elbow and the have lots of different world class exhibitions throughout the year. Some 2015 highlights includes an exhibition to mark the occasion of Sir Terry Frost’s centenary year and the world-renowned British Art Show in October, the first time in a generation that the show has come to Leeds. The Terry Frost exhibition draws extensively from the Tate’s collection and has evolved through consultation with The Terry Frost Estate. The show features painting, sculpture and collage by Frost and demonstrates his enduring interest in colour, landscape and abstraction, drawing particular attention to the use of symbolism and his creation of a vocabulary of forms.

Another reason to visit this gallery is to stop in at the truly spectacular Tiled Hall Café inside. Throughout the 50s and 60s the original features of the Tiled Hall were covered up, but now these beautiful features have been exposed to uncover a delightful space. Not only does the place look fantastic but the food is high quality and there is a definite emphasis on service and presentation.

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Snug Gallery, Hebden BridgeHebden Bridge is fast becoming one of Yorkshire’s most creative hotspots, with numerous different outlets selling all different kinds of arts and craft. One particular highlight is The Snug Gallery, which is something of an Aladdin’s Cave of treats. Opened in 2010, they showcase some of the most significant design-led contemporary craft in the UK.

There are more than a few gems you can pick up in the shop here, as they have a stunning collection of craft, photography and prints on offer that can really brighten up your home. This is the ideal place also, for picking up unique and beautiful presents for loved ones.

Finally, throughout the year, the Snug have a series of exhibitions and events that are well worth a look at too. #IPHONEONLY: Julian Calverley is their next big exhibition opening on 28th March. This photography exhibition, according to the Snug’s website has “a highly atmospheric quality, which belies the humble camera phone beginnings” – it sounds brilliant.

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TSAGWhen you’re in this part of the world, it’s quite difficult not to get inspired by the coastal and landscape scenery. That is exactly what has happened with award-winning artist Tracy Savage. Her paintings are bursting with subjects that she finds fascinating. Head to her gallery in Scarborough and you will see an exhibition of original works, some limited edition prints, pottery and greetings cards over two floors.

The Scarborough Gallery boasts a fabulous location, opposite the Grand Hotel, this gallery is a stone’s throw away from the sea so boasts some fabulous views too. Sounds good huh? So why don’t you come on over, to this gallery?

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Written and researched by: @Tom_Ashurst and @RichieWear13
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