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  • Learn about the artistic heritage of Yorkshire and Lancashire, home to four of Britain’s most important 20th century artists: Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney and L S Lowry

  • See works by Henry Moore in the open air at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

  • Explore Manchester Art Gallery, home to fine paintings by the Pre-Raphaelites

"Outstandingly good lecturer"

ACE customer on a previous tour with Suzanne Fagence Cooper

The Yorkshire landscape has famously influenced the work of Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, and its geological forms have continued to inspire a contemporary generation of sculptors.


Our tour of the northern counties visits galleries that have been dedicated to four of the most important British 20th century artists. The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds and the Hepworth Wakefield form part of the ‘Yorkshire triangle’ alongside the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Britain’s most celebrated collection of outdoor artworks. The Hepworth Wakefield was the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year 2017, while the Yorkshire Sculpture Park achieved the accolade in 2014.


At the spectacular 18th century park we will see permanent pieces by Moore and Hepworth, and others including David Nash, Anthony Gormley and Andy Goldsworthy. We will travel further north where Jonathan Silver, a close friend of David Hockney, amassed a collection of over 300 pieces by the artist, now occupying a converted mill in Sir Titus Salt’s model village of Saltaire.


Manchester Art Gallery contains important 20th century works by artists ranging from Augustus John to Lucian Freud. We will take a particularly in-depth look at its holdings from the late 18th and 19th centuries, including paintings by the Pre-Raphaelites, and Ford Madox Brown’s iconic Work (1865), which helped to inspire the commissioning of a series of paintings for Manchester Town Hall.


We will experience the largest public collection of works by the artist L S Lowry, including Coming from the Mill and Going to Work on our visit to The Lowry, a quayside arts centre in Salford. The artist spent much of his life in Salford and his works are closely linked to the city.


Our tour also includes a visit to the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, which is part of the University of Leeds and since 2008 has been home to its exceptional collection of art.


Our base will be the four-star Radisson Blu Hotel in the heart of Leeds, located very close to the Leeds Art Gallery and town hall.


This tour will be led by Suzanne Fagence Cooper, MA, PhD, a lecturer and historian who specialises in British art history. Suzanne was a curator and Research Fellow at the V&A Museum for 12 years, during which time she collaborated with many of Britain’s regional museum collections. She now lives and works in Yorkshire, and has a particular interest in the rich artistic traditions of the north of England. Suzanne writes on Victorian and 20th century painting, decorative arts and sculpture; she is the author of To See Clearly: Why Ruskin Matters (2019) and curated the 2019 exhibition Turner, Ruskin & the Storm Cloud at York Art Gallery. An accredited Arts Society lecturer and experienced Tour Director, Suzanne looks forward to introducing another ACE group to the Artists of the North this summer.

Tour Code

Included: Accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not Included: Travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £175.

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