Yorkshire is to host works by some of the country's best-known artists
Works by some of the greatest artists in the UK are heading to Yorkshire this year.
Art in Yorkshire, sponsored by the Tate, will see works by David Hockney, Damian Hirst and Dame Barbara Hepworth exhibited across the region.
As well as works loaned by the Tate, the exhibitions will highlight items in Yorkshire's own public collections.
The project begins at York Art Gallery, which leading the project, on February 10 2011.
Art in Yorkshire participants
The series of exhibitions begins in York with a showing of David Hockney's largest work, 'Bigger Trees near Warter'. This huge picture has never been exhibited outside London before.
The work will then be shown at the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull and at Cartwright Hall in Bradford, during the year.
The York Museums Trust, who run York Art Gallery, are leading the project which has brought together 19 Yorkshire galleries.
Janet Barnes, who is chief executive of the York Museums Trust, said:
"To bring together many of Yorkshire's main art spaces for an initiative which has backing from Tate is a great boost to the county's tourism industry and further indication that our cultural offerings are highly prized."
Sir Nicholas Serota, director of Tate, will officially launch Art in Yorkshire at York Art Gallery on February 10.
Sir Nicholas said they were keen to see many of the works in their collections being offered to a wider, regional audience.
The project is also supported by the region's tourism body, Welcome to Yorkshire.
The chief executive, Gary Verity, said, "To bring together many of Yorkshire's main art spaces for an initiative which has backing from Tate is a great boost to the county's tourism industry."
Art in Yorkshire runs from February to October at various galleries across the region.