Leeds is becoming one of my favourite places to visit, you may think I live there but unfortunately I don’t, I say unfortunately as it’s a beautiful city that I would definitely recommend to go and spend the day or maybe even a weekend. One of my favourite things to do is to go to museums and galleries, and I was fortunate enough to go to the one in Central Leeds.
The museum hosts a collection of 20th century British art and is recognised by the government as a collection of *national importance*. It also includes 19th century and even some earlier art work
The gallery opened on 3rd of October 1888 and was paid for by public subscription in honour of Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee in 1887. On 13th of October 2017, the gallery reopened to the public after 18 months of renovations.
The gallery was built by W.H. Thorp as an extension to the municipal buildings to the west, which now houses the Leeds Central Library. A renovation was completed in June 2007, that has now opened up the amazing Victorian tiled hall (it is used as a café) which inks the gallery and the library.
The art and statues that you see as you walk around will leave you mesmerised and in awe. I know it definitely made me feel in captured, but mostly inspired just taking in the history and learning about how each piece was made and the artists behind them.