Scarborough Art Gallery has had a fascinating history; this Italianate villa is the finest building situated in Scarborough’s beautiful Crescent gardens. The Crescent was designed in 1823 as part of the massive building programme in Victorian Scarborough. The Art Gallery was built in the late 1840s by the Uppleby family; neighbours included Lord and Lady Londesborough at Londesborough Lodge and Sir George Sitwell and family at Woodend who used these houses as holiday homes. Later it was known as ‘Broxholme’ and had a number of owners. When solicitor Henry Donner bought it in 1924 he renamed it ‘Crescent House’. Scarborough Corporation acquired the building after his death in 1942, and in 1947 it opened as the Art Gallery.
The gallery houses our permanent collection which has been built up over sixty years through gifts, bequests and purchases to reflect the eclectic mix of the community and the cultural heritage of Scarborough.
The galleries on the ground floor house tell the story of Scarborough and its various influences over the years through the wonderful paintings which feature seascapes and views of the town. Learn about the influence of the sea, Scarborough’s early history as a holiday resort and how fashion spoke volumes about your status and position in society.
On the first floor we offer both home grown and national touring exhibitions. We have a biennial East Coast Open exhibition attracting both professional and amateur artists and the gallery is used extensively by schools and colleges across Yorkshire.
Our attic store tours provide a great resource to students and lovers of Art with 147 works on paper by Sir Frank Brangwyn, R.A. and our modern print collection which includes work by John Piper, Elizabeth Blackadder, Ossip Zadkine and Kenneth Rowntree. These are complemented by an archive of contemporary prints generously gifted in 1992 by the Print Makers Council.
From attic to basement we seek to inspire; the Gallery is family friendly throughout and offers a well stocked shop with unique local crafts and art cards. There is a small Coffee Lounge where we encourage visitors to dwell.
The Gallery provides the ideal location for networking events in a relaxed environment where there is always something to talk about and provides a unique location for drinks receptions.