The Huddersfield Art Gallery is on the move.

The Huddersfield Art Gallery will temporarily move to Piazza Shopping Center, while major construction work on the current Huddersfield Library and Art Gallery building will be carried out as part of our cultural heart.

Work will begin soon to transform the spacious store unit formerly occupied by USC into the Huddersfield Art Gallery: the newest and largest gallery space in Unit 7 Huddersfield.

This decision will allow the gallery to continue offering its acclaimed and dynamic program of temporary exhibitions, featuring established and emerging artists.

When will the pop-up gallery be open?

Unit 7 will launch on Saturday 6 November with the return of the Contemporary British Painting Prize 2021 exhibition.

The Huddersfield Art Gallery has hosted the award since its inception in 2016 and, in a unique way, this national grand prize is still previewed in Huddersfield before traveling to London. Contemporary British Painting is an artist-run organization that explores and promotes current trends in British painting through group exhibitions, lectures and publications.

The aim of their annual award is to promote the best of contemporary painting produced in the British Isles and this year’s award exhibition will be the largest to date. The call for applications closed at the beginning of September with a record number of 1,067 artists candidates, the work of preselection of applications for the exhibition has started.

Councilor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees, said:

“It is an exciting time for the Huddersfield Art Gallery and for our cultural ambitions across Kirklees.

“The Huddersfield Art Gallery closed in January 2020 when specialist contractors began working to move the art collection to a warehouse in preparation for renovations to the building’s cultural center.

“We are delighted that the work can now begin not only with the building improvements, but that Unit 7 will also allow our curators to try out different approaches to our fantastic program of exhibitions and events. Best of all, you don’t have to climb multiple stairs!

The renovations to the Huddersfield Library and Art Gallery are part of the Huddersfield Blueprint Project, a 10-year plan to make the city a better place to live, work and visit. Improving the “cultural heart” of Huddersfield is a key part of the plan, which emphasizes improving the vibrant cultural and artistic offerings in the city center.

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