Supporting art in Leeds since 1912

Are you interested in paintings, sculpture, furniture, silver, ceramics and textiles?

Leeds Art Fund is a charity that supports the purchase of artworks and applied art objects for the permanent collections of Leeds Museums and Galleries. We believe that art has a vital role to play in our lives, making them richer, and we are therefore engaged in education and public programmes to ensure that people have the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by the collections.

Founded in 1912, Leeds Art Fund is one of the oldest supporting ‘friends’ organisations for the visual and applied arts in the UK.

We have played an important role in shaping the collections acquiring more than 430 works by artists and makers. Through courageous purchases funded by Leeds Art Fund, artworks by Francis Bacon, Alexander Calder, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Yinka Shonibare, and Andy Warhol as well as furniture by Thomas Chippendale and John Channnon have been added to the collections.

We offer a series of member events throughout the year which allow people to meet and share their interests, and learn more about these wonderful collections built up over the last hundred years. Our occasional Saturday afternoon lectures at the Gallery are particularly popular and are open to non members

Why not join us and help us continue our work?

Supporting Leeds art galleries

Leeds Art Fund plays a crucial role in supporting the arts in Leeds and the broader Yorkshire area. We enhance access to the arts and enrich art collections by partnering with Leeds Art Gallery, Temple Newsam, Lotherton Hall, and the Henry Moore Institute.

Exterior view of Lotherton Hall - Water Buffalo in the gardens

I sold a large antique William Potts clock in 1985, and of course I bought a life Membership of the Leeds Art Fund! I have since followed our ever friendly and interested Membership group, enjoyed all the talks and outside visits, sociable and instructive, and now help in the Events Team with whatever is needed.

Sue Bourne

Projects we have supported

In recent years, we have extended our remit beyond developing the collections, to include restoration and building refurbishment projects for Leeds Museums and Galleries as well as improving access to sculpture in the public realm and funding education and public programmes.

Ro Elliott, pictured skating on Dani Abulhawa’s Drift Tricks, in the Central Court, in April 2024
Ro Elliott, pictured skating on Dani Abulhawa’s Drift Tricks, in the Central Court, in April 2024

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Tuscan Summer, Maurice de Sausmarez 1955 © Courtesy of Jane de Sausmarez. Purchased with funding from the Arts Council England/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, the Art Fund and the Friends of University Art and Music (Leeds), 2018. Image credit: University of Leeds


Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery Woodhouse LS2 9JT

A Visit to Ilkley Toy Museum


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