York St Mary's
York St. Mary's is a contemporary arts venue housed in a beautiful medieval church which opens every summer.
Each year, York Museums Trust commissions an artist to create a site specific installation within this unique space. The artists find inspiration within the walls of the atmospheric building and their work transforms it anew each summer.
The church itself, which was deconsecrated in 1958, could date back as far as 1020, but the bulk of the building dates to the early 13th century, with 14th and 15th century modifications. It has the tallest steeple in York at 47 metres high.
Gallery, Sacred space
Open daily 4th July - 2nd November 2014
10am - 5pm
The Dark Self - Susan Aldworth
- 7 June — 3 September 2017 *on now
Part of a three year interdisciplinary project, The Dark Self, will bring together the dreams of local people from diverse backgrounds with words and stories embroidered onto 1001 white pillowcases.
The pillowcases will be hung on wires in the patterns of neural pathways associated with sleep in the brain, with the public encountering the works by walking down these pathways.
Susan Aldworth has been working with York academics, including neuroscientist Professor Miles Whittington and art historian Professor Michael White, to explore the narratives of sleep.
The Dark Self project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, will culminate in a body of work including a sculpture exhibition and a film installation exploring the three stages of sleep.
York St Mary's