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Art Galleries in Harrogate Sometimes the best way to find your feet in a new town is to have a look at the art that it inspired, and there’s plenty of places to do that in Harrogate.

One of the largest galleries is the Mercer [map]. The Mercer can be found in the building that previously occupied the Promenade Room, Harrogate’s oldest spa building which was completed in 1806. It was originally built to house the large number of visitors coming to Harrogate to take the waters from the sulphur wells now housed in the Royal Pump Room.

The Gallery building has been used as many things, including a theatre where some great Victorian performers visited including Oscar Wilde and Lily Langtry. In 1991 the building was restored to its former glory and opened as the town’s art gallery.

Visitors today will find an exciting and diverse range of touring exhibitions and events covering painting, photography, sculpture and crafts. Activities, workshops and educational opportunities are held throughout the year and there’s also a fine art collection which consists of more than 2,000 works of art from the 19th and 20th century.

If you’re looking for a smaller place to connect to art, head to The Gascoigne Gallery [map] on Royal Parade. Offering affordable contemporary paintings with regular changing exhibitions, visitors here can enjoy etchings from such luminaries of the art world as Picasso, Turner, Miro, Chagall, Matisse, and Hockney.

Godfrey & Watt [map] in Westminster Arcade, was founded in 1985 by Alex and Mary Godfrey with the aim of bringing the work they love to members of the Harrogate public. You can view and buy original work here by Peter Blake, Patrick Caulfield, Richard Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin and Ed Ruscha, and there’s also a constantly changing range of ceramics, jewellery, studio glass and sculpture.

For an unusual gift that’s also very personal and special head to the Walker Galleries Contemporary Art [map] on Montpellier Parade, which specialises in 19th and 20th century English and European paintings and watercolours. Carrying the largest stock in the North Of England, Walker Galleries covers a wide range of subject matter including marine, sporting, figurative, and still life.

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