The collection’s strength lies in its collection of British art of the 19th and 20th centuries, including a number of works by William Powell Frith, Atkinson Grimshaw, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Laura Knight and Alan Davie.
The contemporary galleries continue this emphasis on British art, with works by David Mach and Andy Goldsworthy. The entirety of the collection is not on permanent display but selected works are featured in a diverse exhibition programme throughout the year.
In 2011 the Mercer Art Gallery was completely refurbished by Harrogate Borough Council with generous support from the Stanley and Audrey Burton Trust and the Friends of the Mercer Art Gallery.
Located just minutes from Harrogate’s original pump rooms, the Mercer Art Gallery has an understated charm. Once through the pillared Victorian entrance, the main open gallery space is where you will find the permanent collection woven into a temporary exhibitions programme.