Things to do in East Midlands, England: The Best Art Galleries

May 17, 2022 Oliva Fomby

Discover the best top things to do in East Midlands, United Kingdom including Vitreus Art, Lymefield Arts & Crafts Centre, The Old Lock Up Art Gallery, Willoughby Memorial Trust Gallery, Anvil Gallery, The Harley Gallery, Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens, The Gallery, The Ropewalk, Harding House Gallery.
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1. Vitreus Art

No.4 Wakefield Country Courtyard, Potterspury, Towcester NN12 7QX England +44 1327 810320 [email protected] http://www.vitreus-art.co.uk
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5.0 based on 24 reviews

Vitreus Art

Art & Craft Studio running workshops in Stained Glass Art, Glass Fusion/Inclusion, Encaustic Wax, Painting & Drawing for Beginners, Mixed media, Textile Sculpture, Printing without a press. Great student/teacher ratio. Full day workshops lunch include. And all the materials required for your chosen workshops are included too – and you get to take home everything you make!!

Reviewed By DavetheHerbalist - Tring, United Kingdom

Did a series of evening classes with my wife and friends, learning how to make leaded glass panels. Right from the start Mike and Jenny made us feel welcome. They explained each stage of the process and all the new skills needed simply with demonstrations of what to do, and what not to do! They helped when we got it wrong and we all came away with a nice piece to display. They made it fun all the way, supplied all the tools and materials plus tea and biscuits. What more could you ask?

2. Lymefield Arts & Crafts Centre

Lymefield, Broadbottom, Glossop SK14 6AG England +44 1457 764434 http://www.facebook.com/pg/LymefieldCraftCentre/
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5.0 based on 26 reviews

Lymefield Arts & Crafts Centre

Reviewed By Cer2912

Lovely place with beautiful local art and crafts, perfect place to buy a gift or treat yourself - homemade cake is tasty too!

19 The Hill Swifts Hollow, Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RF England +44 7960 097605 [email protected] http://theoldlockupgallery.org/
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5.0 based on 19 reviews

The Old Lock Up Art Gallery

Contemporary Art Gallery - selling fine art & ceramics. Opened July 2017. The Old Lock Up Gallery is situated within a beautiful stone building, built in the 1700’s, in the beautiful and historic Derbyshire village of Cromford. The building itself is steeped in history – as it was owned by Sir Richard Arkwright and used as the village jail, one of the first of it’s kind in the country.

Reviewed By KeepItSimple86 - East Midlands, United Kingdom

The Old Lockup Gallery manages, without fail, to host an annual program that would make any small gallery in London feel proud. Whilst supporting and championing local artists the space also manages to invite artists from all over the globe in its annual postcard show, you would be forgiven for not knowing that this space is managed and run by a single person. Alongside the exhibitions you can engage with the gallery with one of its many artist lead workshops from life drawing to painting, often complimented with drinks and food. Honestly the gallery is fantastic, always fresh and something the local community should be proud to host. Visit often and where possible offer a donation to keep it open, I promise you will miss it if it ever leaves us.

11 Moreleys Lane, Corby Glen NG33 4NL England +44 1476 552304 http://www.willoughbygallery.com
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5.0 based on 5 reviews

Willoughby Memorial Trust Gallery

Reviewed By N7099WNbryanl - Corby Glen, United Kingdom

This delightful gallery has a close season but displays exhibitions usually from Easter until late November, best to checkout their official website or Facebook page for up to date information on opening times

11 Old Blacksmiths Yard, Derby England +44 1332 902644 http://www.anvilgallery.co.uk
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5.0 based on 4 reviews

Anvil Gallery

Welbeck Estate, Worksop S80 3LT England +44 1909 501700 [email protected] http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/index.php?pg_id=18
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4.5 based on 217 reviews

The Harley Gallery

Situated on the ducal Welbeck estate, the award-winning Harley Gallery shows contemporary exhibitions by leading visual artists. Exhibitions change five times a year, and range from ceramics to photography. The Portland Collection Museum displays works of art from Welbeck’s internationally significant historic collection, which has been built up over the centuries by the Dukes of Portland and their families. There are hundreds of treasures on show including Michelangelo’s ‘Madonna del Silenzio’, Van Dyck’s portrait of the Earl of Strafford, and the pearl earring worn by King Charles I to his execution. The Portland Collection opened in 2016 and has attracted critical acclaim and a national RIBA award for architecture. These two inspiring art galleries are accompanied by an award-winning gallery shop, which specialises in contemporary craft from leading names and emerging makers, Farm Shop and an award-winning Café.

Reviewed By ianbJ6368QG - Kinver, United Kingdom

On a overcast day , we went to welbec as an undercover attraction. The gallery has two parts the first building is mostly modern , not my thing unfortunately. But wait ... you must go to the next building housing the Portland collection . WOW what a fascinating look at the wealth and history of the family collection . Most important of all , the gentleman on security , a retired local officer. Was totally fascinating in his knowledge of the history of the pieces on display , paintings, jewellery, articles, he really brings it to life with his storytelling and facts , you must visit if he’s there . Made the place for us .

7. Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens

The Newarke Off Braunstone Gate, up Western Boulevard ,turn left, Leicester LE2 7BY England +44 116 225 4980 [email protected] http://www.leicestermuseums.org
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4.5 based on 238 reviews

Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens

Newarke Houses Museum is composed of two historic houses, Wygston's Chantry House and Skeffington House and tells the story of contemporary Leicester and the history of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment. The museum displays include a cinema experience, a collection of toys from Tudor to present day and a play area for children to try various games. Find out more about Leicester's famous son Daniel Lambert and visit a 1950s street scene inspired by Wharf Street that includes the Jolly Angler public house, a grocer and a pawnbroker, with sounds and conversations from the times. Discover more about the story of Leicester at War. Through personal stories find out about the home front and the history of the Regiment, including a recreation of a First World War trench with sound and lighting. Through oral histories, archive film, computer interactives and collections discover the histories of Newarke Houses, the surrounding historic area and contemporary Leicester.

Reviewed By Tamara285 - Leicestershire, United Kingdom

I like this museum for the way it focuses on the detail of day to day life in the past - the toys, the old street, the shops. It's interesting, especially as some of the exhibits are from living memory! My kids particularly like the bit about Daniel Herrick and call it 'The Fat Man's House'!

12 High Street, New Mills SK22 4AL England +44 7847 247740
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

The Gallery

9. The Ropewalk

Ropewalk Maltkiln Road, Barton-upon-Humber DN18 5JT England +44 1652 660380 [email protected] http://www.the-ropewalk.co.uk
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4.5 based on 185 reviews

The Ropewalk

Reviewed By Yellowbellywobble

Sympathetically restored and re-fashioned historic building, fabulous water-side setting, artistic hub, great cakes, coffee and lunches, friendly and informal (one of the waiters helped my hubby change a flat car wheel) and intimate gigs with some great bands. Larger performance space is planned.

Steep Hill, Lincoln LN2 1LT England +44 1522 523537 [email protected] http://www.hardinghousegallery.co.uk
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Harding House Gallery

Housed in a timbered 16th Century building within the Cathedral Quarter, Harding House Gallery provides a unique and exciting place for artists to exhibit their work. The Co-operative was set up in 1994 by a group of local artists who decided to establish a much needed outlet for the contemporary visual arts in Lincoln, and HHG is now one of the most successful artist’s co-operatives in the country. We are a diverse group of artists or makers of contemporary craft, and between us we are entirely responsible for the staffing and daily functioning of the Gallery. Our members are also active in other areas such as teaching, running workshops, arts consultancy, exhibiting in and supplying galleries and stores around the country, and generally promoting the arts throughout the region. We are open every day from 10am - 5pm, and 11am - 4pm on Sundays (Except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day).

Reviewed By carolineh474 - Ashurst, United Kingdom

We popped in here three times over our stay on Steep Hill. The Staff were, without exception, really chatty and also informative about the beautiful crafts displayed by a range of artists and craftsmen. It’s certainly worth a visit and we did not leave empty handed.

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