You don’t have to visit London to discover a thriving art scene. All across Yorkshire, you can find vast sculpture parks, contemporary galleries and local exhibitions, focusing on both local and international artists. Here are the best places to admire art – both traditional and contemporary – in Yorkshire.
The country’s largest purpose-built gallery in nearly 50 years, The Hepworth is one of the most impressive contemporary art galleries in Europe, famed for its architecture as much as its artworks. Named after Wakefield sculptor Barbara Hepworth, the gallery showcases an extensive collection of her work alongside changing exhibitions by other artists. The gallery predominantly focuses on contemporary and modernist work, complementing Hepworth’s iconic style.
It may sound strange, but the most extensive permanent collection of David Hockney’s work can be found in an old mill located in a small town near Bradford. Salts Mill is the heart of the village of Saltaire (the village was built to house the workers of the original mill), and it has been transformed into an intriguing space that hosts everything from antiques shops to a specialist bookstore, several restaurants and three large art galleries. The 1853 Gallery displays the permanent collection of Hockney’s work, showing some of his most iconic pieces alongside little-known sketches. On the third floor, you’ll find The Arrival of Spring, a showcase of original works drawn by Hockney on his iPad in 2011.