Twentieth Century Art In Yorkshire Art Fund Exclusive

2 nights starting from
£459

  • Private visit and dinner at the Hepworth Wakefield, Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017

  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park Art Fund Museum of the Year 2014

  • Hockney collections at Salts Mill 

  • Leeds Art Gallery and Henry Moore Institute

Three of Britain’s best known contemporary artists were born and raised in Yorkshire – sculptor and artist Henry Moore in Castleford, sculptor Dame Barbara Hepworth in Wakefield and pop artist David Hockney in Bradford. Today the county is home to some of the most important collections of their works in a series of excellent art galleries in Leeds, where Moore and Hepworth studied and Wakefield. Join host and guide, former curator, Gerald Deslandes to discover more.

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Provisional Timings

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive independently at the Hilton Leeds City from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and an illustrated talk by Gerald Deslandes – ‘Twentieth Century Art in Yorkshire’.

Day 2: Sculpture – Yorkshire Sculpture Park and private evening at the Hepworth Museum.
Today begins with a visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Art Fund Museum of the Year which holds 60 spectacular outdoor pieces, including works by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Anthony Gormley and Andy Goldsworthy as well as indoor changing exhibitions. In the afternoon, we return to Leeds for free time at leisure and time to freshen up before our evening at The Hepworth. This evening, the highlight of the tour with a private visit to Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017, the Hepworth Wakefield, which, on its opening in 2011, was awarded the British Design Award. The gallery is home to more than 50 works by Barbara Hepworth from her earliest carvings to the ambitious pieces of public art that she created after the war. Our time here will include a guided tour, welcome reception, three-course dinner with wine and talk from the museum curator.

Day 3: Painting – Salts Mill, Leeds Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute. 
Our first visit – with en-route introductory talk from Gerald Deslandes – is to Saltaire, a model village built by Victorian textile manufacturer Titus Salt for his employees. Salts Mill has a permanent collection of Hockney paintings, prints and photographs from 1960s to the present day. Afternoon visit to the Leeds Art Gallery with its great collection of modern British artists, from Augustus John to Paula Rego. Recently re-opened after a complete refurbishment, Gerald will point out the museum’s highlights. Our final visit is to the Henry Moore Institute, a world-recognised centre for the study of sculpture and is an award-winning exhibition venue, research centre, library and sculpture archive. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30, but those who wish to leave earlier can do so as the hotel is a 10-minute walk away (and adjacent to the station).

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion

Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 48 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Hilton Leeds City Hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private three-course dinner with wine
  • Three-course dinner with wine at the Hepworth Wakefield Museum
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Tour manager and coach transfers throughout 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Single room supplement
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities 

HOTELS

Hilton Leeds City Hotel
The four-star Hilton Leeds City Hotel is located in the vibrant heart of the city. The hotel is modern and contemporary, following an extensive refurbishment at the end of 2012. The hotel has a fitness room, sauna, steam room and indoor heated swimming pool. Guest rooms are bright and airy and all have TV, hairdryer and telephone. Car parking is available at the hotel costing £15 per night, payable directly to the hotel. 

Hilton Leeds City Hotel Website

MORE INFO - Please click here to see full details of this tour

Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.  

You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day. 

For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation. 

The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.

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We thoroughly enjoyed this tour - tiring but stimulating and informative. The lead lecturer was excellent and informative, informative and instructive. The friendly interaction of leaders and group members terrific.

Review by Addison who travelled 05-September-2019


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First of these tours we have undertaken. Very impressed and would select another tour in future.

Review by Hordley who travelled 05-September-2019


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Our tour manager Gerald Deslandes was excellent throughout our visits to the various art venues in Yorkshire. It was a very informative and interesting trip and I have a renewed interest in sculpture after this trip.

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On the whole I enjoyed it a lot! The Hotel, whilst all staff were very friendly, was noisy and the lighting in the bedrooms was awful - despite lots of mirrors I couldn't see both sides of my face (and makeup) in any of them simultaneously!

Review by Anonymous who travelled 05-September-2019


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This was a really interesting and enjoyable tour. The two tour leads were excellent. I was a bit anxious before the tour that I would be the lone single woman in a group of couples. This was not the case. You could say more in your brochure about the art tours being very suitable for single travellers, particularly women, which I think most of the group were. It made it easy to meet people and chat about the art. It totally met my needs.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 05-September-2019


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The Art Tour was an amazing, action-packed trip which I would most definitely recommend for any art lover. The highlights for me were the most beautiful Hepworth Wakefield, where we also had a stunning dinner - and, most especially, Saltaire which lived up to every expectation and beyond. Gerald and Madeleine were charming and helpful at all times. They were also extremely knowledgeable and gave us excellent background to the artists, the period, the buildings etc., and they managed to pack in a huge amount for us to take in. The hotel was impressively close to Leeds railway station [minutes away on foot] and my room was comfortable and very well equipped. Thank you Travel Editions! Penny Hobson, Bexhill

Review by Hobson who travelled 05-September-2019


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The tour of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, galleries & museums visited was extensive & excellent; our brilliant tour guide giving us a very detailed, broader background to the works seen. I loved every moment of the tour with a very enthusiastic, informed & friendly group of travellers.

Review by Sperling who travelled 05-September-2019


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Highly recommended. Excellent visits enhanced by the thought provoking and illuminating talks from Gerald Deslandes. Madeline was equally good in providing us with interesting commentary and ideas. They were both tireless in sharing their enthusiasm for this subject. The hotel was very conveniently located beside the railway station and central to Leeds city centre. Staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful, breakfasts were good and the generous lounge was very welcome. Our included evening meals at the hotel and at the Hepworth were both good. It was a very friendly sociable group, thanks partly to the efforts of Gerald and Madeline. They were both very good at anticipating the potential needs of some on the tour: toilets, a lift to avoid steep stairs, suggestions to reduce the amount of walking for those who needed to. Very much a weekend we would enjoy doing again. Thank you. Eirlys and Mike Plumb

Review by Plumb who travelled 30-August-2018


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A most enjoyable tour. Will certainly look at others.

Review by Ploog who travelled 06-September-2018


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It was excellent and Gerald and Madeline, in their different ways, were impressive guides, including their detail of all the admin. I think, in the end, by the end of Saturday, we were pretty well pictured and sculptured out and maybe it was an enormous amount to take in in 48 hours. However, apart from the idea of a tea break on Day 2, especially as the Henry Moor Institute wasn't available, it's difficult how else it could have been achieved.

Review by Thirlwell who travelled 06-September-2018


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the programme was good, the organisation was super, will certainly look to use your tours in future. Thank you for a very interesting few days.

Review by Ploog who travelled 06-September-2018


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An excellent trip. Well organised with plenty of time allowed at each venue . Very informative tour guides . Hotel location was excellent giving us a chance to see a little bit of Leeds and also meant we could travel by train and relax. Having excellent guides and some private viewings ensured we could really understand and appreciate the art. This was our third trip with TE , the others were Stonehenge and the Walk across London . We are off to Corsica next week - looking forward to another splendid tour.

Review by Beebe who travelled 06-September-2018


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Gerald’s talks and knowledge made the trip very interesting.

Review by Shafran who travelled 06-September-2018


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Your comments form doesn’t fit the study break, in that we had lectures and guided visits, which were excellent. We would like to commend Madeline who gave excellent lively explanations.

Review by Logie who travelled 06-September-2018


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Gerald Deslandes was excellent but I think he was the guide/lecturer rather than the tour manager. No travel comments as we made our own way to Leeds. I have already written about the brochure. This was a 2 day tour and should not have been described as a 3 day tour.

Review by Sandars who travelled 30-August-2018


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Most enjoyable w/e. The art guide was very knowledgable but he tended to get carried away and go into too much detail .

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I had to wait a very long time before my room was ready. It was 3.40p.m before it became available. The visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park was very good but we overran quite a bit because Gerald Deslandes tended to give a lecture about every piece he stopped at with the result that we hardly had any time in the Gallery and had a rushed lunch. Madeleine by contrast paced her comments beautifully and knew when to stop. Gerald did not seem to realise when the tour members had had enough information. The evening at the Barbara Hepworth was superb. The Saturday visit to the Mill at Saltaire was not long enough and again Gerald wanted to give a lecture in front of every piece and people got restless. The visit to Cartwright House was far too long for what was there and once again we arrived for lunch at after 2p.m. The Leeds Art Gallery visit was too long and once again Gerald went on too long in front of every work of art with the result that people drifted away - it was a case of information overload. Madeleine always seemed to sense when people had had enough information and she was brilliant.

Review by Tong who travelled 30-August-2018


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Both the Tour leaders Gerald Deslandes and Madeline Boden were excellent. Extremely knowledgable and interesting, they were also kind and helpful and considerate of the different needs of the group. They managed a large group extremely well. Craig, our driver was also excellent and reliable.

Review by Greaves who travelled 30-August-2018


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The administration was only let down by a system error on my account such that I could not pay the full balance electronically and had to send a cheque.

Review by Dasey who travelled 30-August-2018


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I really loved the Art Tour of Yorkshire which I thought was extremely well organised. It packed a lot in, and my only comment would be that I could have done with more time at each venue and maybe one less venue, however I know this sort of thing is hard to manage with a largish group. I was particularly impressed by the care that the Tour Manager, Gerald, put into looking after everyone just brilliant. Visiting the Hepworth Gallery in the evening and having dinner in that beautiful building was a really wonderful experience.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 30-August-2018


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