Huddersfield Library Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield HD1 2SU
The Huddersfield Art Gallery is located in the centre of Huddersfield town, on the top floor of the town library, just a ten-minute walk from Huddersfield train station.
Huddersfield Art Gallery has been open since 1937, and you can feel the history of the gallery in the décor and original building features. The gallery houses works from the 18th and 19th century to present day art.
The art gallery has more than 700 paintings on display, and has collections from a vast array of different artists. These include both well-known artists such as L.S.Lowry, Francis Bacon and Henry Moore, as well as local artists too.
There are craft areas, showcasing ceramics and pottery from the Yorkshire area, jewellery, textiles, wood, and Japanese prints too. The art gallery is also known for its interesting range of sculptures, including Henry Moore’s Fallen Soldier.
There are regular temporary exhibitions within the art gallery, along with its permanent collections. Some are showcasing the likes of local photography classes and other local projects and creatives.
Huddersfield Art Gallery hosts a yearly event titled ‘New Light’ art prize, focusing on artists from the North of England specifically. They also offer ‘The Contemporary British Painting Prize’, which is a national prize for painters within the UK.
The art gallery has a retail space, selling handcrafted gifts and souvenirs. These include jewellery, prints, textiles and ceramics created by Yorkshire locals. There are also postcards available with prints of art collections and special pieces.
The art gallery itself is relatively small, however it houses a lot of interesting and significant artwork, along with the beautiful historical building itself. The admission to the gallery is free, so is worth visiting if you are passing or are staying in Huddersfield.