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Top Art Galleries – Bradford & Leeds

The Tetley, Leeds
A 20th Century art deco building is the quintessential location to house an art space; high ceilings and streaming light make for the perfect exhibiting set-up. The Tetley opened its newly-renovated doors in late 2013, and the venue is curated by Project Space Leeds, a charity which facilitates the space to couple the appreciation of the contemporary arts with learning. The Tetley invites interaction and the sharing of ideas.

Gallery Munro House, Leeds
Formerly Leeds Gallery, Gallery Munro House is an independent venue owned by two alumni of Central St Martins College of Art and Design. Given the background of its curators it’s unsurprising that the gallery has a niche focus on photography, illustration and fine art. Exhibitions at Gallery Munro House work on a quick turnaround so there’s always fresh works to be explored. The fast- paced nature of the space also lends itself to pop-up events giving the gallery a constant fresh vibe. The Gallery has previously played host to the Leeds Student Photography Festival.

Bolling Hall, Bradford
With parts of the building dating from the Medieval, Bolling Hall is a rambling mixture of styles with every nook and cranny packed with history. During the Civil War the household supported the Royalist cause, and the house provided a stronghold during the ‘siege of Bradford’.
Rooms are furnished and decorated to give an accurate taste of life at different periods of the house’s history, and the fascinating furniture on display includes a superb bed made for Harewood House by Thomas Chippendale.
Bolling Hall Library is now located in Bolling Hall Museum.

Sunny Bank Mills, Leeds
Self-proclaimed as an ‘exciting new addition to the Leeds art scene’, Sunny Bank Mills Art Space resides in a restored mill which once spent its day producing worsted cloth. Swimming in natural light, the mill’s art space is enticing for exhibitors and art-lovers looking for a fresh environment full of life.

Cliffe Castle, Bradford
Cliffe Castle was originally the home of Victorian millionaire and textile manufacturer, Henry Isaac Butterfield. Completed in the 1880s, the building was funded by the Butterfield family’s industrial empire which included a shipping business that took British goods to Europe, America and China.

Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds
A small but established venue for showcasing and selling contemporary design, this independent gallery celebrates the UK’s national treasures in the arts and crafts sphere. Throughout the year you can expect numerous front of house exhibitions, various print shows, and niche displays committed to the showcasing of ceramic, glass and wood. The seasonal requirements of those looking to buy are also of utmost importance to the Craft Centre and Design Gallery, meaning you’ll find dedicated exhibitions from season to season.

Bono Art Gallery, Otley
Bono Art Gallery brings a touch of the Med to Yorkshire thanks to its Italian owner, artist Roberto Bono. His signature abstract style is epitomised by his double-sided paintings; exhibited in both London and his native Sicily. Loyal to the region, other artists showcased have included local Yorkshiremen David Brightmore and Shane Green.

Cartwright Hall, Bradford
Cartwright Hall is Bradford’s civic art gallery and offers an exciting programme of contemporary exhibitions, with four permanent galleries displaying works from their art collections. The exhibits consist of 19th and 20th century British art, with strong collections of international contemporary prints and South Asian art and crafts.