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The Top Six Art Events In Yorkshire This Winter

06/10/2015 10:17

There’s art happening all over Yorkshire from November to January, here’s our top picks including unmissable events in Leeds, York and Saltaire.

The days are shorter, the nights are longer, and frost, fog and snow are all on the way – but there’s no need to be glum. There’s a rich smattering of art events all across Yorkshire to sink your creative teeth into in the cold months of 2015, and we’ve collected the best places to visit, festivals to attend and things to do over the winter period.

The Saltaire Living Advent Calendar


Almost everyone likes advent calendars, I mean, what combination of chocolate and Christmas excitement wouldn’t be great? The friendly folks over in the picturesque village of Saltaire like advent calendars so much they created the Saltaire Living Advent Calendar – a celebration of local artists, craftspeople and Christmas.

The calendar works by commissioning local artists to create unique window displays. Each window is attributed a number, with the new artwork revealed each day of december.

It’s the 10th anniversary of the first Living Advent Calendar, so you’re planning on popping down to check out the window displays, don’t forget to drop into the Salt’s Mill gallery to see some excellent work by David Hockney.


British Art Show 8 – Leeds Art Gallery

The British Art Show 8 is coming to Leeds Art Gallery this winter, with a full program of the most exciting contemporary art produced in the UK.

Spanning the entire gallery, 42 renowned artists have produced work for the show,including performance, film, sculpture, installation, painting and design.

Leeds last hosted the British Art Show back in 1990, so grab your opportunity to see a host of wonderful modern work before the show moves on to Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton in 2016/17.


Bill Viola Exhibition – Yorkshire Sculpture Park 10th Oct 2015 - 10th April 2016

We love the Yorkshire Sculpture Park – it’s the best way to spend a day outdoors regardless of the weather, taking in the spectacular works on display in the heart of the glorious Yorkshire countryside.

Over the festive period there’s even more reasons to attend, with the most extensive exhibition of Bill Viola’s installation artworks for over ten years gracing the chapel and underground gallery of the park.

York Art Gallery Art Tours

The historical city of York is full of beautiful architecture, and The York Museum Trust are offering free ten minute art tours of the York Art Gallery on the 1st of December. Even if you can’t make it on this specific date, there’s plenty of art, culture and history to see in York on any day of the week.

Frank Henry Mason Exhibition – Scarborough Art Gallery 26 September - 3 January 2016

Take in the sun, sea and serenity of Scarborough art gallery and visit the Frank Henry Mason exhibition ‘The Man and his Methods.’ Best known for maritime paintings and Art Deco railway posters, this excellent exhibition collects a range of stunning works from his long and illustrious career.

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Iffy Boatrace

this is a lovely blog. Cracking