After nearly two years of extensive refurbishments, Leeds Art Gallery reopened on 13th October 2017.
With its new-look interior and enhanced lighting, the 130-year old Grade II listed Leeds Art Gallery has been attracting established and new visitors alike.
A key component of the renovations has been the re-glazing of the original barrel-vaulted Victorian glass roof. The roof was only discovered due to the repair-work after being hidden for 40 years.
This work has also allowed members of the public to see the stunning ceiling for the first time. Transforming the space into a fantastic new gallery.
The centrepiece of the building, however, is an eye-catching wall painting called ‘Xanadu’ which links the upper and lower galleries. It was possible due to the support of the Art Happens with the Art Fund campaign. The awe-inspiring commission by tz spans the original Victorian staircase which dates back to 1888.
The large-scale, immersive painting uses vividly coloured, abstract geometrical forms, and draws attention to the new influx of natural light from above.
Not only has the reopening drawn attention back to the gallery and in addition to the famed Tiled-Hall Café. The work has allowed the re-presentation of its collection of 20th-century British Art.
Works not seen for a generation are now on display. This includes watercolours by John Sell Cotman, Sir Jacob Epstein’s Maternity, and works on paper by Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Big names to see in the collection include Francis Bacon, Stanley Spencer, and Andre Derain – worth a few hours of anyone’s time!
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