The Mercer is housed in an elegant building complete with tall windows and glittering chandeliers that was formerly Harrogate’s Promenade Rooms. The permanent collection is strong in 19th and 20th century British art, with works by great Victorians such as William Powell Frith and Atkinson Grimshaw, alongside early 20th century favourites Ivon Hitchens, Paul Nash and Laura Knight. Over the last ten years the representation of contemporary art has grown, with a strong emphasis on the work of women artists, such as Sarah Pickstone, Caroline Walker, Margaret Roberts and Eileen Cooper. Photography is another important area of the Mercer’s collecting, with work by Tacita Dean, Liza Dracup, Tessa Bunney, Tim Smith and Paul Floyd Blake.
A diverse exhibition programme that weaves together historic and contemporary art in exciting and thought provoking ways runs throughout the year.
Located just minutes from Harrogate’s Royal Pump Room Museum, the Mercer Art Gallery has a charming and welcoming atmosphere. Once through the pillared entrance, there are two exhibition spaces, the Main gallery and the North Gallery plus a Studio area for talks and workshops.