Whether you want a finished masterpiece or need the supplies to get started on your own, these are the shops you need to visit.
If you love art, these 11 shops will be right up your street. Some sell supplies while others sell artwork, so there’s something for everyone. From an independent store that stocks almost 25,000 materials to spectacular art gallery shops where you can pick the perfect pieces to adorn your walls, these art shops in Leeds have you covered.
Where to buy art supplies
These shops are filled to the brim with art and craft supplies, from reams of textiles to giant sketchpads, paintbrushes and drawing pens.
You’ll find this treasure-trove tucked away from the hustle and bustle down a side street in Headingley. Established in 1883, Dinsdales has been a long-time favourite for art and craft supplies in Leeds and the staff sure know their stuff. From Dymo label makers to Stabilo fineliners, they stock a whole range of supplies and it’s not just pens. You can pick up mount board and tracing paper in all kinds of sizes, as well as cartridges, film and canvases, but that only just scratches the surface.
Dindsales Stationery, Art & Design, 6-8 Chapel Place, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3HY.
With almost 25,000 art supplies spread across two floors, Fred Aldous is an artists’ haven. They have every type of paint you can think of, from oil to spray, as well as ink, pastels and markers if you prefer a different medium. Need a canvas? They have those too. You can even grab an easel while you’re at it. Oodles of sketchpads line the shelves, and if you’re a textile enthusiast, check out the haberdashery section. It’s one of the best equipped art shops in Leeds.
Fred Aldous Ltd, 34 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DR.
If you need graffiti art supplies, ArtOfficial is one of Leeds’ coolest independents. As you step inside you’ll instantly clock the iconic floor-to-ceiling shelf packed with colourful cans as well as the boxes stacked around the room. It offers all the best spray paint brands, from Loop to Montana. You can also pick up markers, inks and blackbooks to work your magic with. It has a colourful, creative feel with vibrant street art on their exposed brick walls which give you a glimpse of what you can do with their products.
ArtOfficial, 28 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DR.
Hobbycraft is your one-stop shop for all things art and craft-related. They bring the biggest brands under one roof, from Reeves to Winsor & Newton alongside their own-brand versions which you can get for less. Each niche area is covered, so you can easily find your heftier watercolour pencil sets and your palette knives. They even have heavy-duty craft tools like glue guns and pliers. To top it off, you can make the most of regular deals that give you bundles of arty bits for less.
Hobbycraft, Crown Point Retail Park, Great Wilson Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1EW.
If you want to ethically source your art materials, look no further than Scrap. It’s a social enterprise based at Sunny Bank Mills that sells a huge range of craft materials that would otherwise go to landfill, all at a reduced price. The space is huge and you can find anything from rubber to textiles, so abstract artists can really go to town, especially as the stock is constantly refreshed. It’s one of the most environmentally conscious art shops in Leeds and you’ll get some bargains while you’re at it. It’s a win-win.
Scrap Creative Reuse Arts Project, Sunny Bank Mills, The Spinning Mill, Paradise Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ.
You might not realise that beyond the stacks of books at The Works is a monumental collection of supplies and the sheer range on offer makes it one of the best art shops in Leeds. You can grab canvasses, graphite sketching pencils and acrylic paint bundles for an absolute steal, so it’s the perfect place to stock up on bulk materials. Need a pack of 16 different paintbrushes? You’re covered. The craft section is equally impressive, with cutting mats and all kinds of card.
The Works, 9-10 Merrion Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NG.
Where to buy artwork
Need a new print to fill that niggling space on the wall? Or a gift for a relative? You will find the lot at these Leeds shops.
On the Wall
From fashion magazine covers to Japanese art, it’s possible that On the Wall covers every single genre with their art prints. It’s a petite shop found in the Corn Exchange and is packed with an eclectic mix of art prints that cover the walls. Both small and large prints are available and if you find the perfect one, you can even make the most of their framing service. There’s an impressive selection of film and music posters too, so you could easily spend hours flicking through the racks.
On the Wall, Unit C7A, The Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.
The Craft Centre & Design Gallery
The Craft Centre & Design Gallery showcases some of the best artistic talent from Leeds and beyond. It’s both an art gallery and shop, which displays the work of over 300 designers, so there’s plenty to see. The exhibitions are refreshed each season and over the past 36 years, thousands of artists have been exposed, so one day you might find a limited edition print and another, a mixed media piece. And whether you’re taken by the jewellery or the ceramics, absolutely everything you see is for sale.
The Craft Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AB.
If you want to support your local artists, take a trip to Chirpy, an independent art shop in Chapel Allerton that sells all kinds of trinkets made in and around Leeds. It’s a store that’s packed with colour and plenty of character. Their staples include handmade prints, quirky ceramics and mugs with witty slogans. Need a greetings card? Go for one of their handmade gems. And if you need art supplies, be sure to dip into their well-stocked Fusion Mineral Paint basket.
Chirpy, 148 Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS7 4NZ.
This small family-run business is one of Leeds’ few art gallery shops that also specialises in bespoke picture framing and digital printing services. From Graham Carver’s intricate paintings of the Yorkshire Coast to Neil Simone’s distinctive treescapes, there’s plenty of artwork to choose from. Need help to showcase your own work? Block mounting and laminating are just some of the ways Kingswear Gallery can help you out. They were established in 1988, so their industry knowledge is top notch.
Kingswear Gallery, 25 Kingswear Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8LJ.
Castle Fine Art
Castle Fine Art can be found in two different locations in Leeds, both with two floors and a clean-cut interior. One is found in Albion Place, housing the work from the likes of Vogue and Vanity Fair photographer Raphael Mazzucco and the other is nestled away in the Victoria Quarter, showcasing intriguing illustrations by Sir Billy Connolly. You also find Pudsey-born Bob Barker’s ‘Northern Impressionist’ style-pieces in both of these art gallery shops, alongside a host of an ever-changing array of contemporary artworks.
Castle Fine Art, 24-25 Albion Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JS and County Arcade, 12-14 Victoria Quarter, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6ER.Cover image credit: Scrap