10 Best Escapes For Art Lovers

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Whether you're a budding artist a sculpture fan or art lover the North East has some of the most awesome art institutions, galleries, installations and exhibitions on offer. From Lowry to Anthony Gormley who created The Angel of the North, move over Venice!

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Singing Ringing Tree - as part of Wayside Arts Trail


Crown Point, Burnley (map)

The Wayside Arts Trail is a unique way to explore the East Lancashire Country Park. Starting in Burnley,  you'll experience the wildlife of the local area before reaching the pinnacle 'Singing Ringing Tree' at Crown's Point. Standing 3-metres tall and made of galvanised steel pipes, this sculpture hums as wind drifts through it. 


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The Whitworth Art Gallery
250 Oxford Rd., Manchester (map)


Recently renovated and up for a bumper amount of awards (finalist in this year's Artfund Museum of the Year and North West Building of the year), The Whitworth Art Gallery is anything but provincial. Offering ground-breaking exhibitions and a mix of contemporary and classic works, it's definitely one for your list.

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Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
Museum Street, Warrington (map)

Featuring regular exhibitions and collection of Fine Art, Warrington Art Gallery is worth a visit. Expect to see work by local artists alongside pieces from several nationally renowned Royal Academician artists who learned their craft at the Warrington School of Art. 

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Tate Liverpool
Albert Dock, Liverpool (map)


Tate Liverpool may not be as large as its London counterparts but it is every bit as interesting in terms of works displayed. With regularly updated exhibitions alongside permanent works by artists such as Renoir and Pollock, get close to the masters and experience contemporary art at its best.
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Antony Gormley's Another Place
Crosby Beach, Crosby (map)

Set along three kilometres of beach, walk among the life-size statues of Antony Gormley's spectacular work 'Another Place'. Previously seen in Cuxhaven, Germany, Stavanger, Norway and De Panne in Belgium, the 650 kilogram figures have now made a permanent home on Crosby Beach, so you have plenty of time to explore this piece of art by the sea. 

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Castlefield Gallery
2 Hewitt Street, Manchester (map)

More than an art space, Castlefield Gallery actively promotes the talents of many a contemporary artist in the North West. With regular exhibitions and information on local events, the agency works to nurture and market the area's vibrant creativity. 

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Halo, part of the Irwell Sculpture Trail
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Featuring over 70 artworks by renowned artists and 33 miles long, the Irwell Sculpture Trail is the largest in the UK and covers the beautiful landscape surrounding Bury, Rossendale and Salford. You don't have to do the whole thing in one go - the route is split into bite-size clusters so you can explore one area at a time.  


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Harris Museum & Art Gallery
Market Square, Preston (map)


Worth a visit alone for the striking architecture of the Neo-Classical building, you'll find a mix of fine art, ceramics and photography at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery. And with regular exhibitions covering everything from contemporary sculpture to fashion, you're sure to find something to spark your interest. 

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The Lowry
Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford Quays (map)


You can't visit Manchester without stopping by The Lowry. Housing the largest public collection of paintings and drawings by the famous artist LS Lowry in the world alongside contemporary artists, you can see the best of this world famous artist. And with spectacular waterside views, cafe and two theatres, this powerhouse of creativity is not to be missed.   

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Lady Lever Art Gallery
Queen Mary's Drive, Wirral (map)


Set in the picturesque village of Port Sunlight, the Lady Lever Art Gallery is home to one of the finest collections of decorative and fine art in the country. And with activities for the kids plus guided tours, it's a must-visit in the North West.

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