Don't miss out on Picture Library event at Leeds Art Gallery

Caption: Kath and Roy Jones from Gildersome, who took home a picture from artist Ian Fothergill at a previous Picture Library event. (Hanging Washing II, c. 1958 Charcoal drawing) Picture: © Paul Floyd Blake, commissioned by Morley Literature Festival, 2011.

Would your sitting room suit a Sutherland? Maybe your lounge would love a Lowry? Or do you fancy a Hepworth for your hallway? If you think this is an impossible dream, think again. Leeds Art Gallery is one of the few organisations in the country that run a Picture Library which was established in 1961.

Choose from hundreds of original works of art, including oils, watercolours, drawings, photographs and prints and for only £48 for 12 months you could be the temporary custodian of a work of art that’ll give your home the pizazz it might need. This year for the first time, The Picture Library’s special selection events have been extended to two days over the full weekend to benefit potential borrowers and give you the best opportunity to choose the work of art you fancy.

Leeds Art Gallery, will host the next selection days on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October where you can choose from The Picture Library’s extraordinary collection. It’s your chance to pick a piece that you think will bring your living room alive.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"The Picture Library at Leeds Art Gallery continues to be a huge hit with people from not just our city but right across the county, and we are looking forward to another exciting event this weekend. A wide range of fantastic and diverse art suiting all tastes and interests will be available, and if you have not attended one of our Selection Weekends before, then you really are missing out on a treat."

For more than fifty years The Picture Library has offered anyone based in Yorkshire the unique opportunity to enjoy original works of art at home. On the 11th December 1961 The Picture Library opened its doors for the first time and within just two weeks 140 people had signed up to the scheme and a waiting list had begun. Four weeks later and the waiting list had reached 123. Today, The Picture Library seems more relevant to modern day life than ever before. Set up with the aim of fostering an active interest in original British art within the general public our founding purpose has continued to be at the heart of all that we do.

Through lending original works of art The Picture Library enables everyone to explore and experiment with their tastes without the hefty price tags found in commercial art galleries.

Helen Peyton, the Yorkshire based printmaker whose work is included in the scheme said:

"I love the scheme, and it’s something I can enjoy from both sides – as a borrower and a lending artist. In museums and galleries, I can spend hours wandering but only minutes looking at each piece, but at home I can study it; you can have a closer relationship with the art and the artists, I feel I get a better insight into the work and my appreciation of it.

"It’s easy to be inspired if there’s an Ackroyd or a Frink hanging in your home. It becomes a talking point, people visiting will be mesmerized by the fact that you have a Paolozzi or a Hogarth and I hear statements like ‘really …. I can borrow a Paolozzi or a Hogarth … Wow’ – they are immediately engaged and excited. The fact that my work is loaned and placed within people’s homes, is an absolute privilege."

Theodore Wilkins, Leeds City Council’s assistant curator for fine art said:

"It’s a simple process and our scheme makes it achievable for everyone to take up this opportunity. There’s that classic quote from Shirley McLaine in the film Terms of Endearment where she invites Jack Nicholson to view her Renoir – it’s a classic moment and whilst we can’t run to a Renoir, it’s an opportunity to enjoy a Terry Frost or a Jacob Kramer in the relaxed setting of your home. Plus, you can change your artwork as many times as you like, to whatever else you fancy, that means you can enjoy a range of works that suit you across the year."

There are eight simple steps to taking home a piece of art:

• You will need to sign up to take part and to do this you need to attend one of their 4 annual selection weekends. The next one is 18th and 19th October.

• Bring with you proof of identity and proof of address in Yorkshire (drivers licence or passport, recent utilities bill).

• It costs: £16 per quarter for one artwork

£32 per quarter for two

or the discounted annual rate of

£48 per year for one artwork

£98 per year for two

• All works are insured by Leeds Art Gallery, but standard excess charges apply for damage or loss.

• You can swap and choose works of art throughout the year both at the special selection events and every day of the week at Leeds Art Gallery’s gift shop.

• You can choose from the pieces on show, or review the current list in the gallery shop and make your choice.

• Almost all the works are portable, so you can take it home on that day.

Further details regarding the scheme can be found at www.thepicturelibrary.org twitter at www.twitter.com/leedsartgallery.

Notes to editors:

Forthcoming Selection Day Weekends.

• 18th and 19th October 2014

• 24th and 25th January 2015

• 25th and 26th April 2015

• 25th and 26th July 2015

• 24th and 25th October 2015

• 30th and 31st January 2016

• 23rd and 24th April 2016

Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AA T. 0113 247 8256

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Described as ‘Probably the best collection of twentieth century British art outside London’ (John Russell Taylor, The Times) Leeds Art Gallery is a lively gallery in the heart of Leeds on The Headrow in Leeds' Cultural Quarter. Offering displays of Leeds' stunning collections as well as a dynamic programme of changing exhibitions, the Gallery is an innovative and exciting place to visit. At Leeds Art Gallery you can see a rich variety of art on display from Leeds’ impressive collections, to nationally acclaimed prints, watercolours, paintings, sculptures, photography, and contemporary art.

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