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Holiday type Art, history & culture
Country United Kingdom
Travel type Make your own way
Price range From £289
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 3 nights
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Twentieth century art in Yorkshire

Yorkshire was the birthplace of three of Britain's best known contemporary artists - sculptor and artist Henry Moore, sculptor Dame Barbara Hepworth and pop artist David Hockney - and is now home to some of the most important collections of their work. This tour visits three relevant locations and includes additional visits to the National Media museum and the Yorkshire sculpture park.

Your host and guide will be Gerald Deslandes, a former curator who has organised numerous exhibitions of contemporary art including work by Anthony Gormley, Andy Goldsworthy and Damien Hirst.


  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Crowne Plaza Leeds hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private three-course dinner with wine
  • Second dinner in the hotel restaurant
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Tour manager and coach transfers throughout

Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities
Day one

Arrive independently at the hotel. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and an illustrated talk by Gerald Deslandes – ‘Twentieth Century Art in Yorkshire’.

Day two

This morning we stay in Leeds and visit the Leeds art gallery with its great collection of modern British artists, from Augustus John to Paula Rego. The gallery is also home to the Henry Moore Institute, which organises changing exhibitions of living sculptors. This afternoon we will visit Saltaire, a model village built by Victorian textile manufacturer Titus Salt for his employees. Salt’s Mill has a permanent collection of Hockney paintings, prints and photographs from 1960s to the present day. Heading into Bradford itself our final visit is to the National Media museum, which hosts the UK’s collections of photography, film, television and new media. This evening there will be a lecture by Gerald Deslandes plus dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day three

Today begins with a wander around the Yorkshire sculpture park, which holds 60 spectacular outdoor pieces, including works by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Anthony Gormley and Andy Goldsworthy as well as indoor changing exhibitions. Our final visit is to the Hepworth Wakefield, which, on its opening in 2011, was awarded the British Design Award. The gallery is home to more than 50 works by Barbara Hepworth from her earliest carvings to the ambitious pieces of public art that she created after the war. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 48 passengers.
Crowne Plaza Leeds

Located close to the centre of Leeds City Centre, the four-star Crowne Plaza Leeds Hotel offers a two bars, a restaurant, health and fitness club and comfortable bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, TV, telephone, air-conditioning and tea/coffee making facilities. Parking is available at the hotel for £5 per day (payable directly to the hotel).
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It was a great tour, Gerald Deslandes an excellent ArtGuide and looked after us all really well.
Oct 2013