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.

Painting Women: an Art History short course
Monday 12 February 2018, Monday 12 March 2018, and Monday 16 April 2018
2pm until 4pm
£45 for the course, includes refreshments

Get up close and personal with the lives and work of women in art from the mid-19th century to the present day in the first of our new Art History courses led by art historian and curator Jane Sellars. This series of illustrated talks, gallery tours, discussions and handling sessions will reveal the extraordinary strength and diversity of British women artists.

Nina: Queen of Bohemia
Presented by Yellow Leaf Theatre and
written and performed by Vanessa Rosenthal
Saturday 24 March 2018
£10 includes a glass of Prosecco
Held at the Royal Pump Room Museum

"I had artistic gifts, my dear, but life, love and cafe society proved too enticing." The artist Nina Hamnett (1890 - 1956) led a reckless life in Bohemian London in the 1920s to the 1950s. Over several gins the once celebrated, now neglected, artist shares her tragic, comic story.

Hair Apparent: A Voyage Around My Roots
Written and performed by Tina Shingler
Saturday 19 May 2018
£10 includes a glass of Prosecco

From Yorkshire to India, Italy, and the USA, here's one woman's exploration of identity, race, and how to grow as resilient and versatile as your own kinky hair.

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.

Letters From My Mother
Written and presented by Jane Sellars
Monday 4 June 2018
£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: 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.

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

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.

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