The Best Art Shops in Leeds

· Ali Turner · Lifestyle

From art supplies to artwork, these are the shops to visit in Leeds.

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Whether you want a finished masterpiece or the supplies to get started on your own, these are the shops you need to know about.

Art is how we express ourselves. It’s an outlet for our creativity, a reflection of our personality and a beacon of joy even on the crummiest day, so this list is going to come in very handy indeed. Not only have we rounded up the art shops in Leeds where you can pick up must-have supplies, but we’ve also included the galleries and stores where you can buy everything from paintings to ceramics. Because we all deserve a little art in our lives.

Where to buy art supplies in Leeds

Here’s where to get the supplies you need for your own arts and crafts projects.

Fred Aldous

Fred Aldous

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Step inside Fred Aldous and you’ll be met by a colourful array of cards, gifts and knick-knacks, but hiding behind the rabble is a serious art shop. The first clue comes from the bookshelves, which are lined with art tomes. The rest awaits downstairs, where they stock everything from acrylic to watercolour paint, as well as paper, brushes, palettes and sponges. Hobbies and crafts get equal prominence here, so whether you want to try jewellery making, dabble in face painting or have a crack at flower arranging, this is the place to stock up. Definitely one of the best art shops in Leeds.

Fred Aldous Ltd, 34 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DR.

Dinsdales

Disndales art shop

Established in 1883, Dinsdales is the longest running art store in Leeds. It originally belonged to the family of the same name, but they passed the torch to Graeme Lindsay-Jones and he continues their legacy to this day. Not only is he as passionate about art as you are, but he’s also an expert in his field – what he doesn’t know about art supplies isn’t worth knowing, so you can come with questions and leave with bagfuls of answers. You’ll find all the big name brands here – from 3M and Pro Arte to Posca, Daler Rowney and Windsor & Newton – as well as every medium under the sun.

Dinsdales Stationery, Art & Design, 6-8 Chapel Place, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3HY.

Hobbycraft

Hobbycraft

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Hobbycraft is essentially an arts and crafts superstore. Their Leeds shop at Crown Point is massive and jammed full of art supplies. Acrylic, oil and watercolour paints rub shoulders with charcoal, fine liners and paint pens. Paint brushes come in every shape and size. Canvases compete with sketch books and cold-pressed pads. And if you’re more into crafts, you can get everything you need here. Their collection is wonderfully diverse, taking you from sewing to soap making, crochet to candle making. They even run workshops to help you get started and develop your skills.

Hobbycraft, Crown Point Retail Park, Great Wilson Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1EW.

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In a world where sustainability is so important, Scrap comes into its own. It’s a social enterprise that collects waste materials from businesses and repurposes them for art and play. Their store is a treasure trove of arty goodness that runs from paper, plastic and textiles to modelling, metal and storage. Their stock is ever-changing, so you never know what you’ll find the next time you visit – it could be a giant bag of elastic bands or a bumper pack of postage stamps. In order to make a purchase, you have to be a member, but don’t worry it’s quick, easy and totally free to join.

Scrap Centre of Creative Reuse, Sunny Bank Mills, The Spinning Mill, Paradise Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ.

The Works

The Works

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A high street favourite that’s helped many a budding artist start their labour of love, The Works sells purse-pleasing art and crafts supplies from six locations across Leeds. They have everything from paint to pencils, as well as a whole raft of hobby-worthy crafts – think scrapbooking, card making and die cutting, to name but a few. These aren’t high-end supplies, they’re affordable, entry level items, perfect for practice and just as good for the kids, so if you’re working on a budget, The Works is a great shout. You’ll also find lots of crafty books to help you get started and perfect your technique.

The Works, Merrion Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NG, 15 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BY, 15 Cross Gates, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8EU, The Springs, Century Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8GH, Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BL & White Rose Shopping Centre, Dewsbury Road, Tingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 8LU.

Where to buy artwork in Leeds

Here’s where to get finished prints, paintings and artwork to adorn your home.

Cole’s Gallery

Coles Gallery

A little independent art gallery, tucked away in Leeds Corn Exchange, Cole’s Gallery is a wonderland of paintings, prints, progressive and traditional art. It’s the brain child of award-winning artist Joss Cole and showcases his own art alongside the work of new and established artists from Yorkshire and the wider UK. But of course, it’s not just for show – Cole’s is as much a shop as a gallery, which means it’s the perfect place to go if you have an empty swatch of wall just waiting to be filled. But will it be Lucy Morrison’s diverse vistas that fill the gap or Pip Seymour’s colourful abstracts?

Cole’s Gallery, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.

Headrow Gallery

Headrow Gallery

Originally founded in 1900, Headrow Gallery is one of the oldest in Leeds. It’s moved locations over the years and changed hands too, but the ethos is the same – to bring art to the people of Leeds. Being Yorkshire born and bred, they stock a wide selection of paintings and prints of the local area, but their real specialism is in contemporary art. They source original oil and acrylic paintings from across Europe and North America, with an ever-changing selection from David Questa’s cityscapes to Maggie Melechi’s abstracts. And, of course, you get your art framed here too.

Headrow Gallery, 588 Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 8DP.

Castle Fine Art

Castle Fine Art

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A nationwide brand with a presence in Leeds, Castle Fine Art is a gallery and shop space where you can buy limited edition prints, original artworks and sculptures. They pride themselves on the expertise of their staff, so you can pepper them with questions in your search for the perfect piece. They work with some of the biggest names in art – think Alfie Bowen, Scarlett Raven and Hanna-Barbera – giving you access to a unique and ever-changing selection of art. Regular exhibitions give you reasons to keep going back, so even if you’re not looking, you may still be buying.

Castle Fine Art, 38-40 Victoria Quarter, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BE.

Whitewall Galleries

Whitewall Galleries

Another national brand with real pulling power behind it, Whitewall Galleries showcases the work of high profile artists like Bram Reijnders, Mr. Brainwash and Fabian Perez. Their work ranges from the hundreds to the thousands and attracts serious art collectors who want to invest in statement pieces that will stand the test of time. As such, their Leeds gallery is a place of calm serenity – the world seems to stop as you step into a world of colour, texture and indomitable talent. They run regular events, giving you a chance to meet the artist behind their latest collections, so keep an eye on their calendar.

Whitehall Galleries, 25 King Edward Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AX.

On the Wall

On the Wall, Leeds Corn Exchange

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Art doesn’t have to be expensive – and at On the Wall, it’s not. This cool Leeds art shop specialises in prints, posters and framing, so you can fill your walls with beautiful artwork on a budget. Their small art prints are just £8, while their large art prints fall in at £15 a pop. You’ll find everything from iconic photography to natural history, art nouveau and fashion. In the market for a poster? From Star Wars classics to Friends infographics and New York skylines, there’s something for everyone here and with prices starting from just £5.99, why stop at just one? Treat yourself to seconds or even thirds.

On the Wall, Unit C7A, The Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.

Kingswear Gallery

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Established in 1988, Kingswear Gallery has been serving the people of Leeds for 34 years. It’s a family-run gallery and shop with a specialist framing and digital printing service. That means they can help artists to create digital reproductions of their work, professionally print photographers’ images and even turn your own images into canvas prints. But they also sell art. From Neil Simone’s perplexing landscapes to Sue Eastland’s colourful illustrations, you can find a unique work of art here that will fit right into your home. And once you’ve found it, they can help you to frame it too.

Kingswear Gallery, 25 Kingswear Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8LJ.

Smart Gallery

Smart Gallery

Head out of Chapel Allerton to visit Smart Gallery. This small, independently-owned treasure is packed with goodies. It was established in 1999, originally in Batley, then Pannal and now in its current home. They have two-floors of original art, prints and sculptures, as well as design-led pieces from local artists and crafters. You can pick up bad girl Disney prints from #OneLife183, fantastical illustrations from Dale Bowen and mixed media masterpieces from JJ Adams. Once you’ve found the artwork you’ve been waiting for, get it framed there and then, so all you need to do is hang it.

Smart Gallery, 132 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NZ.

The Craft Centre & Design Gallery

The Craft Centre & Design Gallery

Here’s something a little bit different. The Craft Centre & Design Gallery was created in 1982 to showcase the very best in contemporary craft. Their wide-ranging exhibitions cover everything from jewellery and ceramics to prints, textiles and glassware, with the work of over 300 designers on display at any one time. And the best bit? From Emma Bird’s wire sculptures to Heather Elvidge’s stoneware mugs and Studio Critical’s wood vases, it’s all for sale. So you can come to look around, but don’t be surprised if you end up leaving with something, because it’s just too tempting.

The Craft Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AB.

Chirpy

Chirpy, Chapel Allerton

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Last but not least, there’s Chirpy. This little art store and gallery in Chapel Allerton is a Leeds institution. It’s famous for its workshops, which invite you to get crafty yourself, but you can also browse their collection of design-led pieces. They champion local, independent makers, so expect to see everything from paper cut baubles to ceramic jugs and sterling silver studs. You can also choose from a wonderful array of prints from the likes of WeArePetulant and Jessica Hogarth. They host their own exhibitions, as well as ‘Meet the Artist’ events that give you a glimpse into the creative process.

Chirpy, 148 Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NZ.