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Smith Art Gallery & Brighouse Library

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

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Information on Smith Art Gallery & Brighouse Library

Attraction type:
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Books & Music
  • Disabled Access
  • Family
  • Galleries & Museums

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.

Accessibility Information:

  • Ramped access is available to the left side of the building.
  • The Art Gallery is on the ground floor and is fully accessible.