Friday, 10 October 2014

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 twitter at

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

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.

Free admission
Opening Times
Monday & Tuesday 10am – 5pm
Wednesday 12pm – 5pm
Thursday to Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 1pm – 5pm
Closed on Bank Holidays

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

‘My Leeds, My Culture’ display set to open at city museum

Caption: The 'My Leeds, My Culture' display will open on October 18.

A new project celebrating the positive contribution people of African descent have made to the city of Leeds is set to open at a popular museum next week.

Curated by a local community group ‘Angel of Youths’, the ‘My Leeds My Culture’ display at Leeds City Museum, will launch on 18 October 2014 and run until October 2015 as part of Black History Month celebrations. The display highlights the African Diaspora contribution to Leeds culture through; music, sport, arts, history, faith and fashion.

Commissioned by Leeds City Museum, the exhibition will also feature a mixture of objects kindly loaned from the local community, along with a selection taken from the Leeds Museums and Galleries collection.

The main focus of the work undertaken by Angel of Youths, is to build community development projects that will make an impact on the youth culture in Leeds. The group aims to inspire and encourage youths aged 16-30 in building their dreams and championing the continuing heritage of BME achievement through the passions of young people. Included in its year programme are opportunities for youths to mentor and coach other young adults through events and workshops.

To find out more about what is on offer at Leeds City Museum, please see:

For more information regarding the work of Angel of Youths’, please see Facebook at angelofyouths, Twitter @AngelofYouths / #MyleedsMyculture, or on the web at:

For any enquiries regarding Angels of Youth, please email:

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

"We are delighted to be supporting local community group Angel of Youths on this new display, which promises to provide both an interesting and fascinating look at the positive contribution of African culture on the city of Leeds today.

"As part of this project a number of themes are set to be explored including music, faith, arts, history, fashion and sport, and we are really looking to the official opening on October 18."

Marvina Babs-Apata, Angel of Youths charity founder said:

"Angel of Youths is about providing our younger generation the chance, choice and opportunity to identify, realise and explore their dreams. This project, My Leeds My Culture, will go a long way in developing and mentoring our youth’s education and enhancing career opportunities."

Notes to editors:

Leeds City Museum:

Leeds City Museum is situated in one of Leeds' much loved civic buildings - the Leeds Institute building on Millennium Square. The Leeds Institute is one of the City's most important historic buildings and was completed in 1862 by Cuthbert Brodrick, who also built Leeds Town Hall and the Corn Exchange. From the middle of the last century until 2005 it also housed the Civic Theatre where amateur theatrical groups staged public performances. It has been home to the City Museum since 2008.

The City Museum is the flagship site for Leeds Museums and Galleries, and is home to four floors of interactive and exciting galleries showcasing the story of Leeds, as well as the Leeds Mummy and their Designated Natural History collection. In 2013-14 they attracted over 320,000 visitors to our site.

For more information visit
Admission free. Mondays closed (except bank holiday Mondays 11am-5pm), Tues, Weds and Fri 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-7pm, Sat and Sun 11am-5pm.
Millennium Square, Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 8BH.

About Angel of Youths:

Angel of Youths launched in October 2011 with an objective of offering young people entrepreneurial opportunities by building community development projects around their passions and developing youth independence by bridging culture gaps. They aim to inspire and encourage youths aged 16-30 in building their dreams. Their community development projects aim to be imaginative, inclusive and productive, championing the continuing heritage of BME achievement in the passions of our young people, while promoting the potential of service providers across Leeds.
Connect with Angel of Youths on Facebook: and Twitter @Angel of Youths.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578