In May 1968 the Leeds Infirmary (now the Leeds General Infirmary) opened its doors at its current location on Great George Street. However, its first visitors were not in need of medical attention but art lovers.
Explore the different framing trends for watercolour paintings through the John Sell Cotman exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery.
Volunteer Brian Richardson explores Leeds architect Sydney Kitson’s critical eye in assessing the watercolours of John Sell Cotman.
Volunteer Linda Bower explores Sydney Kitson’s obsession with collecting and documenting the work of artist John Sell Cotman.
Social History Curator Kitty Ross explores the tale of Little Red Riding Hood and it’s many illustrations, in light of the Fairy Tales and Fantasy exhibition at Abbey House Museum.
On John Sell Cotman’s 235th birthday, volunteer Karen Mackie explores how Cotman’s work was obsessively researched by Sydney Kitson, who meticulously recorded his findings in a collection of journals known as ‘Cotmania’.
With Leeds Art Gallery’s crowdfunding campaign at full steam ahead, we sat down with the artist behind the campaign Lothar Götz to find out more about him, his work and his vision for the iconic Victorian Staircase.
Resident artist Hondartza Fraga begins her ‘Cotmania’ blog series by exploring the collection and it’s context, ahead of Leeds Art Gallery’s reopening in Autumn.
Project Archivist Jane Speller explores’Re-thinking John Sell Cotman’, the major project currently taking place at Leeds Art Gallery.
Megan Jones explores the life of Lord Darnley – who was born at our very own Temple Newsam – on the 450th anniversary of his murder.
Local historian Eveleigh Bradford explores one of Atkinson Grimshaw’s most entrancing paintings
Liz Kay’s final instalment in her 3 part series about the life and work of artist Joash Woodrow looks at his later years in Leeds. In 1955 Woodrow returned to his family home, which would evolve into his unique artistic studio and retreat from the world, where familiar surroundings provided limitless fuel for his creativity.