Through the support of the Henry Moore Foundation over the last ten years, Leeds has assembled a renowned collection of modern British sculpture, including works by Richard Wilson, Antony Gormley, Alison Wilding and Bill Woodrow. The gallery participated in the Contemporary Art Society Special Collection Scheme to develop its collection to feature contemporary installation and film work.
Recent acquisitions have included major works by Tacita Dean and Mark Wallinger. Leeds hosts a number of temporary exhibitions displaying a variety of contemporary works in conjunction with the changing displays of its permanent collection.
Leeds Art Gallery is a magnificent space with a rich and varied collection. Beginning in the entrance hall you encounter contemporary and historical sculptures displayed side by side. The staircase is lined with works by Walter Sickert and Stanley Spencer and the gallery is full of intriguing and varied displays of great works of art.
The last time I visited an entire gallery was devoted to explorations of still life; one wall was filled with an eclectic arrangement of traditional still lives adjacent to a sculptural composition by Richard Wilson. This was an insightful and engaging display that challenged preconceptions of the historical genre through contemporary additions.