About the Gallery
Leeds Gallery Munro House is an independent commercial art gallery in Leeds, West Yorkshire specialising in Photography, Illustration and Fine Art. With a focus that is both local and national the gallery’s aim is to support local arts and culture while also bringing artists and their work to the city from further afield.
Exhibitions are on a 4 week turnaround. Work is hung using a flexible cable and track-based system, meaning we are able to take the space back to a ‘white box’ relatively quickly – this is particularly useful for ‘pop-up’ exhibitions and events.
Since opening in September 2011 the gallery has exhibited an eclectic mix of styles and media from both established and emerging talents. Our first exhibition, Terry O’Neill: 50 Years at the Top, brought his iconic photographs to Leeds for the first time and Terry officially opened the gallery at the private view on 14th September.
Highlights of our first year included The Illustrators, the first ever Leeds Print Festival, our Yorkshire Artists series, a retrospective of Ronald Searle’s illustrations, Leeds Through a Lens, the 24th SUN awards and Excess all Areas, a celebration legendary Leeds club night Back to Basics and 20 years of its subversive flyer artwork.
Who we are
Leeds Gallery is run by Ellie Halls Schiadas and Matthew Andrews. They met at Central St. Martins in 2002 while studying Theatre Design. Having always talked about opening an art gallery, when the opportunity came up in early 2011 to take a large corner unit in an old Victorian textile mill in Leeds, they decided this was the place to start.
Ellie Halls Schiadas
Ellie is originally from Leeds, she worked for some time as a designer for Theatre and Film before moving back up north in 2006 to manage the family business.
As well as running the gallery and café, Ellie works as an illustrator and teaches classes and workshops. She started Leeds Life Drawing in 2007, the sessions run every Wednesday in the gallery and there are special drawing events and courses throughout the year.
Matthew is a full-time, freelance graphic designer and web developer from London. He also works regularly as a photographer and illustrator.
Matt curates and runs the gallery with Ellie.