Harrogate's art galleries reopen for visitors as lockdown rules ease

Harrogate's vibrant art gallery scene has stirred back into life after the latest relaxation of Covid rules with a whole host of venues reopening.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 3:11 pm
Messums art gallery is one of the Harrogate venues which has reopened from lockdown this week.
Messums art gallery is one of the Harrogate venues which has reopened from lockdown this week.

Leading the way has been Messums art gallery which reopening yesterday, Thursday, on James Street in a Covid-secure way.

The two floor gallery of contemporary and twentieth century art on James Street is making a splash on its re-opening with simultaneous exhibitions including Peter Brown’s Paintings of Harrogate, Tif Hunter’s photographs Colour Stills and sculptor Brian Taylor’s Portraits and Animalia.

The gallery will be open Thursdays to Saturdays 10am - 5pm.

Meanwhile, RedHouse Originals, the contemporary and modern art gallery on Cheltenham Mount, has re-opened with a collection of new vibrant abstracts by Schoph, the British artist who has enjoyed a meteoric rise to success in recent years.

The Quarantine Paintings were created at Hirst Priory Studio, Lincolnshire, between the months of March and August 2020.

New artworks will also be on display at RedHouse Originals direct from the studios of Dan Baldwin, Thomas James Butler, Christian Furr, Horace Panter, Candie Payne, David Rusbatch and Seen.

The publically-owned Mercer Art Gallery on Swan Road remains closed for the moment but, among the other art venues in Harrogate which either have re-opened or are preparing to, are the Walker Galleries on Montpellier Parade, 108 Fine Art on Cold Bath Road, Watermark Gallery on Royal Parade, Castle Fine Art on James Street and Whitewall Galleries on James Street.

McTague of Harrogate on Cheltenham Mount, which specialises in quality traditional paintings and rare prints including oil paintings and watercolours of Yorkshire and the North East, is also now open as normal.

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