19 Jan 2015

Popular Picture Library event back at Leeds Art Gallery this weekend

Picture caption: Bring home an original piece of work at the Leeds Art Gallery Picture Library event.

Leeds Art Gallery is once again set to host its immensely popular Picture Library this month at its Winter Selection Weekend.

Held on the weekend of 24 January and 25 January, art lovers will be given the unique opportunity to borrow and display original pieces of work in their own home by both emerging and celebrated artists.

Leeds Art Gallery, which hosted its first Picture Library event in 1961, is now just one of a few remaining galleries in the country to offer this unique service to the public, which features oils, watercolours, drawings, photographs and a variety of prints to loan for just £48 for the year.

Four Picture Lending Scheme events are to be held in 2015. In addition to the Winter Selection Weekend other dates include:

Winter Selection Weekend – Leeds Art Gallery

Saturday 24th January, 11am – 3pm

Sunday 25th January, 1pm – 4pm

Spring Selection Weekend – Leeds Art Gallery

Saturday 25th April, 11am – 3pm

Sunday 26th April, 1pm – 4pm

Summer Selection Weekend – Leeds Art Gallery

Saturday 25th July, 11am – 3pm

Sunday 26th July, 1pm – 4pm

Autumn Selection Weekend – Leeds Art Gallery

Saturday 24th October, 11am – 3pm

Sunday 25th October, 1pm – 4pm

Further details regarding the scheme can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/thepicturelibrary or twitter at www.twitter.com/leedsartgallery #ThePictureLibrary.

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

“It is fantastic news that The Picture Library, which remains one of our most popular events, will be returning to Leeds Art Gallery this weekend.

“Pictures by both celebrated and up and coming artists are available to lend and take home over the two days which we are delighted to say is the first of four lending events to be held at the art gallery in 2015.”

Notes to editors:

Leeds Art Gallery

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0113 247 8256



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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Wednesday 12pm – 5pm

Thursday to Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday 1pm – 5pm

Closed on Bank Holidays

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