Cherished masterpieces from the impressive collection at Leeds Art Gallery are being revealed in a distinctive “art advent” celebration this month.

Team members from the gallery have picked their most beloved artworks and will be recounting personal anecdotes about why each piece holds a special place in their hearts. A different artwork will be unveiled daily throughout December.

The exhibition commenced on December 1 with the introduction of ‘Boar Lane, Leeds’ by the renowned John Atkinson Grimshaw, capturing the essence of the city in Grimshaw’s distinctive style. This piece was chosen by a gallery visitor assistant who expressed, “This painting emanates the cold, wet, and darkness of winter, coupled with the marvel and promise of light and hope through the twinkling colored lights. The magic of light.”

Various members of the gallery team have selected artworks for the exhibition, including pieces by Auguste Rodin, Bridget Riley, Paul Nash, and Andy Goldsworthy.

The exhibition is designed to emulate the tradition of an advent calendar, a practice believed to date back to the 19th century as a Christmas countdown.

At 12 pm each day, a team member will unveil a new artwork, both in person and on the gallery’s Instagram page.

Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s executive member for economy, culture and education, said: “Some of these artworks have a very special place in the history of Leeds and are part of the city’s cultural heritage whilst others showcase the remarkable talents of contemporary artists.

“It’s always great for the people of Leeds to have new ways to discover and engage with the beautiful collection at Leeds Art Gallery.”

The exhibition, titled “A Seasonal Cornucopia – selections from members of the Gallery team from Leeds Museums and Galleries collection,” runs until January 2 and is free to attend.