Drop in to see our fascinating exhibitions celebrating amazing women artists with portraits, landscapes, sculpture and abstract art and commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I. Get creative with art activities created by Oatlands Junior School Arts Committee, and lots of materials on our art trolley.

Open Tuesday to Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday 10am until 5pm and Sunday 2pm until 5pm. Admission is free.

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For further information please call us on 01423 556188 or email us at museums@harrogate.gov.uk


Picturing Women
Saturday 13 January to Sunday 17 June 2018

Marking 100 years since women first got the vote, this exhibition celebrates the work of inspirational women artists past and present. An exciting mix of historic and contemporary art from the Harrogate collection includes, for example, portraits by pioneer photographer Julia Margaret Cameron next to Victoria Brookland's Gothic style ink drawings, paintings by Dame Laura Knight, Margaret Hunter, Eileen Cooper, Sarah Pickstone and many more.

Rose Garrard
Rose Garrard The Artist as Model, 1982
Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate Borough Council

Dame Laura Knight
Dame Laura Knight - Ready for Rehearsal, c. 1938
Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate Borough Council

Eileen Agar portrait of Miss Terry
Eileen Agar (1899-1991) - Portrait of Miss Terry, 1980 - Acrylic on canvas
Gift of Greg Worth in memory of Brian Willis, Contemporary Art Society, 2005


The End of the War: Brangwyn's War Posters
Saturday 20 January to Sunday 10 June 2018

Contemplate our outstanding collection of War posters by Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956) in an exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. Brangwyn's powerful graphics and hard-hitting subject matter raised sympathy and support for British and allied forces and victims of the Great War.


Create your own protest posters!
Half term course for young people aged 10 and over
30, 31 May and 1 June 2018
10:30am until 1pm
£40 for the 3 sessions

Something new for the school holidays
Work with artist Jane Carlisle Bellerby to explore what makes a great poster. Generate impact with image, text and composition as you create your own portfolio of protest art, inspired by our exhibition of Brangwyn posters.


Posy Simmonds: Original Artwork and Unseen Sketches
Saturday 16 June to Sunday 9 September 2018

Newspaper cartoonist, author and illustrator of children's books and prize-winning graphic novelist, Posy Simmonds is a national treasure and subject of this retrospective show. Gemma Bovery, her reflection on Flaubert's famous novel and Tamara Drewe, her take on Thomas Hardy - a Stephen Frears film in 2010 - brought her an international reputation.


Great Yorkshire Art from the Harrogate Collection
Saturday 23 June to Sunday 16 September 2018

We complement the Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle/Gateshead this summer with a show of glorious Yorkshire art. Enjoy top favourites from our collections such as Atkinson Grimshaw's Silver Moonlight plus recent work by celebrated Yorkshire artist Jake Attree and a selection of Fred Lawson's paintings of Wensleydale life and landscape from private collections.


Letters From My Mother
Written and presented by Jane Sellars
Monday 25 June 2018
2.00pm
£10 includes cake, tea and coffee

'Dear Jane, A quick scribble before I go to school!

I hope the sun is shining through your window this morning, literally and metaphorically. I didn't realise till this a.m. that you hadn't taken the transistor… I know you like a background of mindless music …'

Jane Sellars looks back at the letters her mother wrote to her in the 1970s when she left home for University. She wrote a book about the letters which became a drama serial for BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour in 2004. Hear Jane talk about her family history and how her writing was recreated as drama.


Posy Simmonds in Conversation
Monday 3 September 2018
2pm until 3:30pm
£8.00

Posy Simmonds talks about her art to Paul Gravett, journalist, author and all round expert on comics publishing and illustration.

Supported by the Friends of the Mercer Art Gallery


Our Friends from Abroad:
Harrogate Fine Art Collection
Saturday 15 September 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019

The cultural diversity of the artists represented in the Mercer's permanent collection is brought to light in a selection of paintings and drawings including works by John Singer Sargent, David Bomberg, Jacob Kramer, George du Maurier and more. Also, a group of works for sale by Hungarian artist Zsuzsi Roboz (1929 - 2012) from the Roboz Trust.


Their Safe Haven: British-Hungarian
Artists 1930 - 1980, refugee artists
in the North of England,
Saturday 22 September 2018 to Sunday 13 January 2019

Hungarian artist Jean-Georges Simon fled to Britain in the 1930s and for 25 years lived and taught in Harrogate. A major new exhibition reveals the work of Simon and fellow refugee artists who found new lives as British citizens, including: Joseph Bato, artist and movie art director; Klara Biller, graphic designer; Val Biro, author and illustrator; Gyorgy Gordon, painter and George Buday wood engraver. Rarely seen works are loaned from national and private collections, accompanied by a new book from author and curator Robert Waterhouse.

Supported by the Friends of the Mercer Art Gallery.


Feely Fridays

£30 for a group of up to 10 people.
Call us to find out more and to make a booking

One-hour handling sessions for groups

We want your community group to enjoy a hands-on experience that explores stories from Harrogate's history and delves into our museum collections.

We run handling sessions using our 'object boxes' with themes such as Victorian daily life, the Sixties, archaeology and Egyptology, to get you thinking, talking and discovering.

We offer bespoke themes to suit your group's interests, or you can just dive in and investigate our 'Mystery Object' boxes.

Page last updated 23/05/2018