Mercer Art Gallery

Harrogate Museums and Arts’ Autumn 2014 Primetime programme for adults is now open for booking

4 February 2014

The programme is designed to celebrate the heritage and culture of the Harrogate district and runs until mid-June.

Several of the upcoming events are designed to highlight Frank Holl: Emerging from the Shadows, our stunning and thought provoking exhibition of work by this great painter of the Victorian period, notable for his tragic social realism as well as his penetrating portraits:

On Wednesday 19th February find out about ‘Frank Holl and Women’ with Curator of Art Jane Sellars;

On Saturday 22nd February indulge in a FREE creative writing workshop exploring Frank Holl’s paintings with staff and students from Leeds Trinity University Creative Writing programme;

On Monday 3rd March discover ‘The Look of Labour’, which examines how Holl depicted the Victorian virtue of hard work and the lives of the working poor in his art.

Other events on offer are:

A hat making workshop with leading Yorkshire milliner Justine Bradley-Hill;

An enquiry day, held jointly with Harrogate Library, to find out what family history and objects you have relating to World War I;

Tea Gowns and Tea Time, a costume presentation of 1930s fashions with afternoon tea;

Talks relating to Harrogate Museums and Arts’ ‘Access all Areas’ projects which are researching many aspects of the museum and art collection – including jewellery, First World War posters, sculpture and art works on paper.

Tours of local venues, such as Stonefall Cemetery and St John the Baptist Church in Knaresborough and a coach trip to Haworth to explore the Brontës.

Full details for all events are available in the Primetime programme, which is available from Harrogate Museums and Arts by calling 01423 556188 or emailing Or you can look online now at

Events are either free or reasonably priced and booking is highly recommended. Book on the above number and email address.

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