About The Gallery
The Gallery at Munro House is an independent gallery, exhibition and event space in Leeds. We exhibit and represent artists and designers practicing in many areas; including (but not restricted to) photography, illustration, painting, print, sculpture, animation, film, and graphic design.
The Gallery at Munro House opened its doors to the public in September 2011 as Leeds Gallery; since then it 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 14 September 2011.
Highlights of 2012 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 Annual SUN Awards and Excess all Areas, a celebration legendary Leeds club night Back to Basics and 20 years of its subversive flyer artwork.
2013 hosted a Life Drawing exhibition, iconic photography charting the career of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Foo Fighters, aptly titled One By One… By The Way, Lord Whitney and Jack Hudson’s Mock ‘n’ Roll, The Feast featuring Bompas and Parr’s fantastical Whisky Tornado, a controversial exhibition of Cartoons of Margaret Thatcher, The Yorkshire Photographers and Lee Goater’s graphic design spectacular – Faces: Anatomy of Autonomy. The year ended with a neon exhibition, all pieces hand-crafted by Julia Bickerstaff – Neon: Burning Light.
2014 was the year the Tour de France came to Yorkshire, and our feature show was Cyclism in June and July. Other highlights included TONE’s Eden Diaries, the degree show of Leeds College of Art’s inaugural MA Creative Practice course, We See Fireworks – where the gallery was turned into a black box installation as part of the Compass Festival 2014 – a show of recently graduated ‘Young Blood‘ from universities across the UK, Casey Orr’s Saturday Girl, gig poster screenprints in the form of Flyposting #3, and a Tattoo exhibition.
The first few months saw a series of exciting exhibitions one after the other… we kicked off with Leeds Print Festival 2015, in it’s third iteration since launching in 2012. Sara Pope’s fantastic paintings followed, certainly one to keep an eye on in the coming years. Justin Slee’s Avant, 5 years of photography at Northern Ballet was a real highlight to end the first 1/3 of 2015. We went all environmental in April for the Human Nature show, and May saw the result of many months of planning come to fruition with The Great Edible Exhibition, and #feedmeart. Highlights of the second half of the year included an exhibition of BAFTA Portraits, and we brought celebrated celebrity photographer Cornel Lucas’ photographs to Leeds for the first time. We popped-up at Harvey Nichols in Leeds with Pop Up Pop Art! Sara Teresa’s portraiture project, Wallflower, entranced us during October, and the final big exhibition of the year was the immensely popular cartoonist Joan Cornellà’s exhibition ‘Contains Adult Themes’ (and it did).
At the start of the year Exhibit: came home to the gallery; our curated exhibition programme popped up for 3 months as we showcased a selection of the best work from the programme. Highlights from Spring to Summer included the 4th annual Leeds Print Festival and the hugely popular second instalment of Leeds Through a Lens. We celebrated the superwomen of food and art in May with Women | Art | Food, were taken over by up-and-coming illustrator Geo Law, and then looked at the varying themes around gender (with some very interesting Neon artworks!). Peter dench is currently showing as we enter Autumn with his look at Dallas, USA.
We have some exciting projects and exhibitions planned – watch this space!
Please see our exhibitions page for details of past and upcoming shows.
Who We Are
The Gallery at Munro House and Café 164 are owned and run by Ellie and Matthew Andrews.
Ellie and Matt met at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in 2002 while studying Theatre Design. For some years they worked in the Film and Theatre world as set and production designers.
With their background in spatial design and a keen interest in collecting art, the idea of opening a gallery was one they had had for many years. They started looking for an exhibition space in early 2010, concentrating on the cultural centres of London in the South, and Manchester and Leeds in the North. With Ellie’s knowledge and experience of Leeds, and when the opportunity came up in early 2011 to take a large corner unit an old Victorian textile mill, they decided this was the place to start.
They co-curate the gallery programme.
Matt is creative director of a design agency.