Huddersfield Art Gallery has concluded its tenure at the temporary Unit 7 space within the Piazza shopping centre, marking the end of two successful years of bringing art to the High Street.
The closure is a strategic step in the preparations for the development of the Cultural Heart.
Since its inauguration in August 2021, Unit 7 has been the venue for 20 exhibitions showcasing the works of established international artists, alongside those of new and emerging local talents. This approach aimed to make art accessible to a broader audience. Additionally, the gallery played host to community exhibitions such as ‘TOWNSOUNDS,’ a celebration of Kirklees’ diverse musical heritage, and ‘A Year Like No Other,’ an exploration of the pandemic’s impact on the area. The Contemporary British Painting Prize exhibition premiered three times at the gallery before relocating to London.
The closure of Unit 7 is a necessary step to initiate the capital works for the Cultural Heart. Nevertheless, the gallery is committed to continuing its mission by generating new opportunities for people to engage with and appreciate visual art. This endeavor will be supported by the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisation funding, which was granted to the Kirklees Museums and Galleries service in 2023.
Huddersfield Art Gallery will persist in collaborating with various partners and communities to craft an engaging visual arts programme during the cultural regeneration period of the town centre. The gallery will explore innovative approaches to enhance access and uphold the profile of the Kirklees Art Collection, extending its efforts across all museum and gallery sites within the service. Additionally, the gallery will investigate outreach initiatives and new digital provisions to forge partnerships with local and national visual arts entities.
Councillor Yusra Hussian, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said; “It’s a farewell for now from Huddersfield Art Gallery, not a permanent goodbye. Our committed and passionate gallery team will test new ways of working, deliver co-produced activities, provide learning opportunities and engagement with communities, and contribute to plans for exciting new art gallery provision in Huddersfield’s Cultural Heart.”