York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery Redevelopment - Artist's Impression
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New commissions, Old Masters and more than 2,000 ceramic works now feature in York Art Gallery’s new displays of designated collections following the reopening on Yorkshire Day, August 1 2015.

The gallery’s collection of Italian Old Masters is displayed alongside substantial new research in The Madsen Gallery (previously called the Main Gallery). This is complimented by loans from major public collections.

An exhibition curated and created by Mark Hearld is on display in the Upper North Gallery, while works by David Hockney, Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash and L.S Lowry will feature in the Burton Gallery.

The launch of the Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) now showcases more than 2,000 works including a 17 metre long Wall of Pots which will be displayed by colour to create a rainbow effect. There is also a major new commission by renowned ceramist Clare Twomey.

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Opening hours

Monday-Friday: 10.00am – 5pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 6pm
Sunday: 11.00am – 4pm

Closed: 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan.

Early closing: 2.30pm on 24 and 31 Dec.

Admission charges

YMT Card Holder: FREE
Adult (with 10% Gift Aid Donation): £7.50
Adult (without donation): £6.81
Child (16 and under): FREE with a paying adult
Access Day Ticket: £4.00

The entire collections of York Art Gallery are Designated Collections of national importance.

Collection details

Fine Art, Design, Decorative and Applied Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Parmigianino
  • Bernado Bellotto
  • Franz Snyders
  • Luis Egidio Melendez
  • JWM Turner
  • LS Lowry
  • Dame Barbara Hepworth
  • David Hockney
  • Sir Peter Lely
  • William Hogarth
  • Sir Joshua Reynolds
  • Francis Cotes
  • William State Murray
  • Bernard Leach
  • Shoji Hamada
  • Michael Cardew
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Ballerina striking a pose

Marinella Senatore: York Symphony

  • 22 September 2017 — 7 May 2018 *on now

Through a series of workshops and conversations collecting individual stories in York, Italian artist Marinella Senatore has created a new Symphony which celebrates the city. Well-known in Europe and the US for her collaborative process of making new artworks through public participation, Senatore uses a range of media including video, collage and text to allow her projects to speak within a range of contexts.

This new Evelyn Commission is a contemporary response to the historic Evelyn Award, a scheme which ran from 1950 until 1962 with the aim of bringing York’s topographical collection up to date.

York Symphony is a commission produced in partnership with York Museums Trust, supported by a York family through the Friends of York Art Gallery.


Included in cost of gallery admission.



Ceramic art by Sara Radstone

Sara Radstone: More Than Words

  • 17 November 2017 — 10 June 2018 *on now

The Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) presents a moving retrospective exhibition of work by British artist Sara Radstone (born 1955). Through her work with ceramics, Sara explores a range of ideas concerned with memory, history, landscape, humanity, loss and absence.

Designed by Martin Smith, the exhibition follows the quiet progression of Sara’s life in ceramics beginning with early works created as she sought to reinterpret the vessel form. Following her struggles and successes with the material, the exhibition tracks the evolution of Sara’s ideas as she moved from vessels to freestanding sculptures, wall-based multiples and installations.

Her journey has often been circuitous as she has revisited earlier ideas and sought to resolve or re-imagine earlier thoughts. Her work seeks to illustrate how thoughts, process and diverse sources give rise to ‘things’ and how they inhabit space. Sara has also created new work in response to the gallery space which is shown for the first time.


Included in the cost of gallery admission.



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Anthony Shaw space in York Art Gallery

Feel Good Friday – Ceramics and Wellbeing

  • 2 March 2018 1:30-2pm

Art and the artistic process has been linked to wellbeing for centuries. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and join Collections Facilitator Fiona Green for a mindful handling session in the Anthony Shaw Space. Relax in a comfortable domestic setting, take a breath and spend time living with art.


Included in gallery admission and no need to book.



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WEA 2-day Life Drawing courses

  • 8 March 2018 10:30am-4pm
  • 15 March 2018 10:30am-4pm

The human figure has been a consistent form of inspiration for artists for thousands of years. Working with a life model, experienced artist and tutor, Clare Wake will lead these 2 session courses designed to improve students drawing skills using a range of materials.


£40 per person for this 2 day course or free to those on means tested benefits. Gallery admission included.

Book with the WEA: https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk or phone: 0300 3033464



Winter Sea

Sensory Tour for Adults - Paul Nash

  • 11 March 2018 12:30-1:15pm

Join us for a descriptive and tactile tour of our latest exhibition, Paul Nash and the Uncanny Landscape: An Exhibition Curated by John Stezaker.

Everyone over 16 welcome, but especially suitable for partially sighted or blind adults.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


Included in admission but please book in advance.
Contact gaby.lees@ymt.org.uk for more details.



York Art Gallery exterior

Art for Wellbeing

  • 11 March 2018 1:30-3:30pm

Art and the artistic process has been linked to wellbeing for centuries. This informal practical session for adults is a chance to release your creative energy in the company of others and with gentle guidance on hand.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


Included in admission and no need to book. (16+ only)



Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Studio Saturday


These drop-in sessions are designed for accompanied children and are held on the first Saturday of the month, 11.00-12.45 or 14.00-15.45, in the relaxed atmosphere of the gallery's Studio.

How to obtain

There is a small charge for materials. Contact the museum on 01904 687687 for more details.

York Art Gallery
Exhibition Square
North Yorkshire







01904 687687

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