Free gallery talks
15 June until 29 September
Daily at 11.30am and 2.30pm Monday to Saturday and 2.30pm on Sunday

Daily short introductory talks focusing on particular works in the exhibition, delivered by gallery staff. Learn about Frith's picture making process, the importance of his oil sketches and his constant search for models; he was just as likely to hire a girl selling oranges on the streets to model for him as he was to depict members of high society.


Gallery activities
15 June until 29 September

We'll have new opportunities for families to engage with paintings in the gallery every day through the summer, with ‘looking and drawing’ art packs, creative activity sheets, dress up and making activities and our art trolley, all to inspire your own creativity!


Life drawing
Friday 21 June to 26 July
10.30am until 12.30pm
£120 for six sessions

A six week course of life drawing workshops with artist Nicola Turner, inspired by Frith's approach to drawing from life. These beginner-friendly workshops are an opportunity to develop your observation and drawing skills, working with a professional artist and a model (male and female). We provide all materials, easels and refreshments.

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Faces and portraiture
Friday 21 June to 26 July
1.30pm until 3.30pm
£80 for six sessions

A six week course of art workshops with artist Nicola Turner, focusing on faces and portraiture and inspired by Frith's paintings. The sessions are beginner friendly and we provide all materials and refreshments.

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Coffee and culture
Wednesday 26 June, Wednesday 17 July and Wednesday 31 July
10.30am until 11.30am

Visit the gallery for a free informal welcome session including tea, coffee and cake, and an opportunity to make new friends.

Whether you come on your own or with a friend, we'll guarantee a warm welcome. Let us know what you'd like these sessions to feature, but they might include one of our gallery talks, a look around the gallery, or perhaps a simple making or creative activity.

No need to book, just drop in.


Mindful looking
Thursday 27 June 10am, Thursday 18 July 12.30pm and Sunday 4 August 11am
Sessions last 45 minutes

These free open-to-all mindfulness events led by Kindmind create an opportunity to take time out in the gallery setting, and use mindful techniques to explore an artwork on display. Our first two sessions will explore guided looking at a single work in the gallery. The final session involves moving around several works in the exhibition before coming together at the end to talk about our experiences as a group.

Sessions are free.

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Frith's armchair
Free daily as part of the exhibition, from 27 June to 29 September

The Victorians looked at and studied paintings very differently to audiences today. This mindful looking chair placed within our current exhibition William Powell Frith: The People's Painter will encourage contemporary audiences to take inspiration from Frith's audiences and look closely at a single work on display using simple mindful techniques.


Curator's talk: Frith and Women
Friday 28 June at 5pm
Tickets £7.50 includes a glass of wine

Jane Sellars MBE, co-curator of the William Powell Frith exhibition, will talk about the importance of women in Frith's personal and public life; his family, friends and the models he worked with to create his great Victorian masterpieces.

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Family art sessions
Saturday 29 June, Saturday 20 July and Saturday 3 August
11am until 4pm

Drop in to the gallery on Saturdays for these free family-friendly creative sessions, led by artist Jennyanne Smith.

Inspired by our current exhibition William Powell Frith: The People's Painter, these sessions will look at the work on display and invite you to make your own marks and try new techniques with clay, printmaking and paint.

No need to book, just drop in.


Portrait photography workshop with Jonathan Turner
Saturday 6 July at 11am until 4pm
£20, includes refreshments, participants will make their own lunch arrangements

Photographer Jonathan Turner has recreated some of Frith's famous works featuring the people of Harrogate. In this photography workshop, Jonathan will work with participants to improve their technique. The session will look at composition for portraiture, using both natural light and studio flash. Participants will use each other as subjects, so should be prepared to be photographed!

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Mini Mercers
Monday 8 July, Monday 22 July and Monday 29 July
10.30am until 11.45am
£3 per child

Mini Mercer sessions are a fun morning of children's movement, meditation and mindful art activities inspired by the art in the gallery, aimed at children aged 18 months to 7 years. The sessions will encourage children to be active, build confidence and manage their emotions. We'll do yoga moves, simple meditation, breathing and relaxation exercises, and enjoy being creative together with some making activities!

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Curator's talk: Picture making with Mr Frith
Thursday 11 July at 2.30pm
Tickets £7.50 includes tea and coffee

Much careful planning and hard work went into the creation of Frith's most famous pictures, sometimes over months or even years. Richard Green FSA, co-curator of the William Powell Frith exhibition, will discuss the artist's progress on specific works from their conception to completion and exhibition.

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