Free antique valuation day for jewellery, silver and paintings
Saturday 15 June
10.30am until 3.30pm
Mercer Art Gallery

Bohams specialists will be available, by appointment only, to provide verbal valuations for items of jewellery, silver and paintings.

Booking is essential. For further information please visit or contact for an appointment.

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

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.

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

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.

Please ring 01423 556188 to book places.

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

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.

Please call 01423 556188 to book places.

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

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
Mercer Art Gallery

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 but please book a place by calling the gallery on 01423 55618.

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

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
Mercer Art Gallery

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.

Please call 01423 556188 to book places.

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

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!

Please call 01423 556188 to book places.

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

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.

Please call 01423 556188 to book places.

The Strongest Sulphur Well in Europe!

Monday to Saturday at 11am, 2pm and 3pm
Sunday 3pm

Free with your museum ticket
Royal Pump Room Museum

Take a guided tour to the basement of the museum to see and smell the original wells and learn about their role in the development of Harrogate as a thriving spa town.

Practical details


All events should be booked in advance by phoning 01423 556188, by emailing or in person at the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate. Dates and times may be subject to change. Please confirm details when making a booking.


All events are priced to cover costs. To confirm your place payment must be made at the time of booking. Tickets will be issued at the time of booking.

Cancellations and refunds

All cancellations must be made 14 days prior to an event to receive a refund. Refunds are only available for sums in excess of £10 due to administrative costs involved. For sums under £10, monies can be held on account against payments for future events.

Please note that all sessions are very popular, often with long reserve lists, so if you cannot attend please notify us straight away so someone else can enjoy the event. If you cancel less than 14 days before an event but we are able to find a replacement the refund policy will apply.

In the event that we have to cancel an event, monies can be held towards future events or a full refund can be provided.

Contacting you

If you have an email address and are willing for us to use this in relation to the programme, please email us at

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