As the nights draw in, come and be dazzled by a blaze of colour at the Mercer Art Gallery as we showcase the work of Yorkshire born pattern designer, Sheila Bownas and be transported into the wilds of the Yorkshire landscape with paintings by Katharine Holmes.


Life Drawing Workshops
Friday 15 September, Friday 22 September, Friday 29 September
Friday 6 October
Friday 10 November, Friday 17 November, Friday 24 November
Friday 1 December
10:30am - 12:30pm
£20 per session, includes refreshments and all materials. Booking essential - please ring 01423 556188

For anyone who wants to develop their drawing skills, these artist-led life drawing sessions are suitable for beginners and up. Each workshop will start with a series of short poses to encourage quick mark-making, followed by a long pose for more detailed study.


Adult Art Classes

Course 1 - Friday 15 September, Friday 22 September, Friday 29 September, Friday 6 October
Course 2 - Friday 10 November, Friday 17 November, Friday 24 November, Friday 1 December
1:30pm - 3:30pm
£40 per four week course, includes refreshments and all materials. Booking essential - please ring 01423 556188

New art classes at the Mercer Gallery provide the opportunity to hone your drawing and observation skills and to try a variety of media and techniques, including working with pencil, charcoal and pastels, linocut and drypoint printing techniques (without a press), paper cutting and collage techniques. Suitable for beginners and more experienced artists.


First Weekend: What's new?
Saturday 16 September 11am - 1pm

Drop in and be one of the first to see our two new exhibitions with gallery tours, children's activities and art tasters. Take a special gallery tour at 11.00am with Chelsea Cefai, curator of the Sheila Bownas exhibition.


Saturday Art Club

Course 1 - 16 September, 23 September, 30 September, 7 October and 14 October
Course 2 - 4 November, 11 November, 18 November, 25 November, 2 December, 9 December
10:30am - 12pm
£50 per five week course, includes refreshments and all materials. Booking essential - please ring 01423 556188

There artist-led workshops are designed for young people aged 10 and over to experiment and enjoy a range of new art skills. Each week we will tackle a different creative challenge, working with art works from our collections and exhibitions.


Sewing Sessions with the Jenni Smith Studio
£40 per session includes all materials and refreshments.
Advance booking essential. Please call 01423 556188

Textile artist Jenni Smith brings three exciting workshops to the Mercer Art Gallery for people to make beautiful keepsakes with prints from the Sheila Bownas archive.

  • Wednesday 27 September 10am - 1pm. Tote bag - carry a little bit of Sheila Bownas with you everywhere with this stylish and useful tote bag.No sewing experience needed
  • Wednesday 11 October 10am - 1pm. Clutch bag - conquer your fear of inserting zips by making a bespoke lined clutch bag using very limited edition Sheila Bownas fabric. Basic sewing knowledge would be useful but not essential
  • Saturday 14 October 1pm - 4pm. Lampshade workshop - make a covered lampshade for either a hanging or table lamp using very limited edition Sheila Bownas fabric. Suitable for all abilities
  • Wednesday 22 November 10am - 1pm. Tote bag - carry a little bit of Sheila Bownas with you everywhere with this stylish and useful tote bag.No sewing experience needed
  • Thursday 23 November 6pm - 9pm. Lampshade workshop - make a covered lampshade for either a hanging or table lamp using very limited edition Sheila Bownas fabric. Suitable for all abilities
  • Saturday 25 November 1pm - 4pm. Clutch bag - conquer your fear of inserting zips by making a bespoke lined clutch bag using very limited edition Sheila Bownas fabric. Basic sewing knowledge would be useful but not essential

Half term activities
Monday 23 to Friday 27 October

Throughout the Sheila Bownas exhibition we'll have hands-on activities for families to explore - play with pattern, clash bold colours and discover more about the artist's work.


Katharine Holmes: In Conversation
Monday 6 November
2pm - 3:30pm
£6.00 Booking advised - please ring 01423 556188

Katharine Holmes joins Jane Sellars to explore the new work she has made for this exhibition.


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 08/09/2017