Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Popular Picture Lending Scheme extended to weekend


Caption: Leeds Art Gallery will be hosting the popular Picture Lending Scheme this weekend.

Due to popular demand, the UKs most longstanding Picture Lending Scheme hosted by a city gallery will take place for the first time over two days this weekend.

Bringing original art to people’s homes since 1961, picture lending from the collection of Leeds Art Gallery has proved to be a tremendous success with people across Yorkshire, who through the scheme have a rare opportunity to enjoy original works of art in the privacy of their own homes. The gallery is now just one of a few remaining in the country offering the unique service, which ever growing, has over six hundred pictures to choose from. Available to loan from just £48 for the year are a fantastic range of works including oils, watercolours, drawings, photographs, and a variety of prints.

As part of the initiative, selection days are held four times a year where the public has the opportunity to browse, select, borrow and return selected artworks available to loan from the gallery’s collections. Usually held on just one day, this month’s picture lending event has now been extended and will take place over the weekend of Saturday 26 July and Sunday July 27 at Leeds Art Gallery, which is located on The Headrow.

Further details regarding the scheme can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/picturelending or twitter at www.twitter.com/leedsartgallery.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"We are extremely proud to be one of the few remaining art galleries in the country to offer a Picture Lending Scheme to residents.

"The scheme is extremely popular, and with this mind, we have taken the decision to extend our selection day this month to a whole weekend, so more people can have the chance to have pictures from our collection in their own front rooms."

Notes to editors:

Leeds Art Gallery
The Headrow
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 3AA
0113 247 8256
city.art.gallery@leeds.gov.uk
www.leeds.gov.uk/artgallery

Described as ‘Probably the best collection of twentieth century British art outside London’ (John Russell Taylor, The Times) Leeds Art Gallery is a lively gallery in the heart of Leeds on The Headrow in Leeds' Cultural Quarter. Offering displays of Leeds' stunning collections as well as a dynamic programme of changing exhibitions, the Gallery is an innovative and exciting place to visit. At Leeds Art Gallery you can see a rich variety of art on display from Leeds’ impressive collections, to nationally acclaimed prints, watercolours, paintings, sculptures, photography, and contemporary art.

Free admission
Opening Times
Monday & Tuesday 10am – 5pm
Wednesday 12pm – 5pm
Thursday to Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 1pm – 5pm
Closed on Bank Holidays

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Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578
Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk