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Mercer Art Gallery Events

Mercer Art Gallery Events

Some events are booked in advance, some are drop-in.  Please see individual listings for details.  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult and at all times for drop-in events.


Events in 2015

Monday 9th February at 2pm
Edo Pop Series: Kimono – Costume of Japan
Part of our series of talks to accompany the Edo Pop: Urban Heroes in Japan 1840-1890 exhibition. Discover the many layers of the kimono, the history and detail of this beautiful costume.
Cost: £6
Mercer Art Gallery
Monday 9th March at 2pm
Edo Pop Series: Samurai, Scallywags and Street Knights
Part of our series of talks to accompany the Edo Pop exhibition. Curator, Frank Milner will explore the moment when traditional Samurai values clashed with everyday urban life and there arose a mix of new heroic male types, more representative of  modern high and low expectations but incorporating some old ideals.
Cost: £6
Mercer Art Gallery

Monday 16th March at 2pm
Edo Pop Series: Beauties, Women Warriors and Poets
Here, Curator Frank Milner will analyse ten images that reflect female roles in  19th century Japan -from cultured fashion-setters of the modern Yoshiwara pleasure quarter to great poets ,sacrificing mothers and fearless swordswomen of history and myth.
Cost: £6
Mercer Art Gallery
Monday 20th April at 2pm
Treasures of the Mercer Unveiled
Gallery talk to accompany the Prints and Drawings exhibition. Exhibition curator, Alex Kidson talks about the discoveries he made while researching the prints, drawings and watercolours in Harrogate’s fine art collection. It will also include works not on display.
Cost: £6
Mercer Art Gallery
Saturday 25 April 2015, 10.30am – 4 pm
Writing About Art: Readers’ Day
The Writing About Art: Readers’ Day is an opportunity to meet your favourite authors and like-minded readers. Hear about their most recent novels and to share your response to their work.
Cost: £25 including refreshments and buffet lunch
Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
Tuesday 5th May, 9.30am - 3.15pm
Visit to National Education Archive at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
NAEA was established in 1985 to provide a documentary trace of the development of arts education in the UK and worldwide, by collecting children’s and students' work. An exciting opportunity for a guided tour of this unique archive and the YSP. You might even find your art from your school days!
Cost: £12
Pick up and return to Mercer Art Gallery
Harrogate Open: Artist’s Talk
Aseries of Gallery talks for the Harrogate Open. Each talk will feature a different Harrogate Open artist who will talk about their artwork and inspiration.
  • Wednesday 22nd July at 2pm
  • Wednesday 5th August at 2pm
  • Wednesday 19th August at 2pm
  • Wednesday 2nd September at 2pm
Cost: Free
Mercer Art Gallery

Monday 7th September at 2pm
This is my Town: Joseph Baker Fountain’s Knaresborough
Joseph Baker Fountain (1907-1992) was an artist with no professional training and huge confidence in his own ability. Fountain’s laboriously painted views of Knaresborough, with its old red brick houses clambering up the hill to the ancient ruined Castle, attracted many admirers. Jane Sellars, author of a new book on J B Fountain examines the strength of his appeal.
Cost: £6
Mercer Art Gallery

Wednesday 16th September, 12.30pm to 3.15pm
Visit to Farnley Hall
Guidede tour: Farnley Hall, on the outskirts of Otley, is perhaps best known for its connection with the painter, Joseph Mallord William Turner, who visited the Hall for the best part of 25 years, and whose paintings were inspired by the scenes he enjoyed of the Wharfedale. 
Cost: £18 including refreshments in the Hall kitchen
Departure from and return to the Mercer Art Gallery
Our events are either free or very reasonably priced. Payment is requested in advance. Refunds by arrangement with more than 14 days' written notice.
For family events, children under 8 must be accompanied at all times and all children must be accompanied at drop-in events.

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