"The idea of Art in Yorkshire is a simple one – to encourage more people to explore the rich variety of the public art galleries in Yorkshire during 2012." – Janet Barnes, Chief Executive, York Museums Trust.
Calling out to all art lovers, Leeds Art Gallery should be one of the first you tick off on your list of things to do in Yorkshire.
The unique gallery houses world class collections of 20th Century British art and offers exciting exhibitions and learning programmes throughout the year.
The current exhibition, which is running till 26 August, is Fiona Rae's work titled: 'Maybe You Can Live on the Moon in the Next Century' which brings exciting and vibrant spins on contemporary culture to the city.
Inspired by popular cartoons and graphic design, Rae's work on display is showcasing her best work over the past 25 years - which is quite frankly, not to be missed.
As well as the exhibition, the gallery has numerous rooms and halls dedicated to artists and different periods of time. Most notably was 'The Arnold and Marjorie Ziff Gallery' - named after the local couple who were major patrons of the arts in Leeds. Each piece of work in the room was exquisitely framed and the bold coloured walls matched some fantastic paintings.
Along with the Ziff Gallery, there are around eight other different types of rooms available to see. The gallery prides itself on showing off fine art and welcoming all ages to enjoy a day out. I was happy to see a room where children were learning art and drawing – and actually enjoying it too I'm no artist, but the gallery really did blow me away and I was there all afternoon. Even the café is a brilliantly decorative place to be.
Tiled Hall Café has amazing features to admire while having lunch after a round of the gallery. Artist or not, I seriously advise a trip when visiting Leeds.