Smith Art Gallery & Brighouse Library

Culture & Heritage, Disabled Access, Family, Galleries & Museums, Historic Sites & Trails, Libraries : Brighouse

Smith Art Gallery & Brighouse Library
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This purpose built Art Gallery and public library, known as ‘The Rydings’, is surrounded by a beautiful park and gardens.

The front gallery hosts an exhibition of oil paintings, based on People and Places, including works by Atkinson Grimshaw, Marcus Stone and Thomas Sydney Cooper.

The rear gallery hosts changing displays, covering a wide variety of themes from local artists to touring exhibitions, including photography, mixed media and sculpture, ensuring there is always something new and different to enjoy.

The gallery was built by Alderman William Smith and donated, along with his collection of artwork, to the people of Brighouse in 1907.


The Smith Art Gallery provides a pleasant atmosphere to meet your friends, interact with beautiful paintings and do the family gallery hunt/trail. There is also an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions in a range of media from paintings to photography and textiles, providing a wonderful experience each time you visit.

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Call 01422 288065 or visit museums.calderdale.gov.ukvisitsmith-art-gallery
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The first Mayor of Brighouse, William Smith, collected the Victorian paintings on show. He started collecting paintings in the 1870s, from exhibitions in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and London. The paintings are a fine and significant record of the late Victorian period. They range from beautiful landscapes to important portraits, including Prince Albert on horseback and from historical paintings to modern moralities. William Smith had very clear views about art and was a sincere believer in the role that art might play in uplifting the individual. Consequently he attached the highest importance to the subject matter and the morality of the pictures he bought.

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Short Description This purpose built Art Gallery and public library, known as ‘The Rydings’, is surrounded by a beautiful park and gardens. The front gallery hosts an exhibition of oil paintings, based on People and Places, including works by Atkinson Grimshaw, Marcus Stone and Thomas Sydney Cooper. The rear gallery hosts changing displays, covering a wide variety of themes from local artists to touring exhibitions, including photography, mixed media and sculpture, ensuring there is always something new and different to enjoy. The gallery was built by Alderman William Smith and donated, along with his collection of artwork, to the people of Brighouse in 1907. The Smith Art Gallery provides a pleasant atmosphere to meet your friends, interact with beautiful paintings and do the family gallery hunt/trail. There is also an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions in a range of media from paintings to photography and textiles, providing a wonderful experience each time you visit.
Accessability Override

Ramped access is available to the left side of the building.

The Art Gallery is on the ground floor and is fully accessible.

Type Culture & Heritage, Disabled Access, Family, Galleries & Museums, Historic Sites & Trails, Libraries
Location Brighouse
Address Halifax Road, Brighouse, HD6 2AF
Phone Number 01422 288065
Web Address http://museums.calderdale.gov.uk/visit/smith-art-gallery
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Smith Art Gallery & Brighouse Library

Halifax Road

Brighouse

HD6 2AF

Accessibility

Ramped access is available to the left side of the building.

The Art Gallery is on the ground floor and is fully accessible.

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