Leeds Art Gallery façade

Leeds Art Gallery


This major gallery is packed with 19th- and 20th-century British heavyweights – Turner, Constable, Stanley Spencer, Wyndham Lewis et al – along with contemporary pieces by more recent arrivals such as Antony Gormley, sculptor of the Angel of the North. It reopened in October 2017 after a major restoration program that uncovered a lost Victorian barrel-vaulted glass ceiling in one of its rooms.

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