York Art Gallery
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.
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.
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.
Fine Art, Design, Decorative and Applied Art
Key artists and exhibits
- 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
Albert Moore: Of Beauty and Aesthetics
- 7 April — 1 October 2017 *on now
In Spring 2017, York Art Gallery will present the first monographic exhibition of York born artist Albert Joseph Moore since the artist’s death in 1893.
Featuring more than 20 paintings and watercolours, it will highlight the beautiful and classical women for which the artist is most famous and demonstrate the modernity of Moore’s approach.
Albert Moore was one of the leading artists of the Aesthetic movement who prioritised mood, colour harmony and beauty of form over subject matter to create ‘art for art’s sake’. The exhibition will explore Albert Moore’s career and body of work using the latest research into his work by leading experts. It will include examples of Moore's youthful Pre-Raphaelite works as well as the hauntingly beautiful classical figures of his mature style
Organised by York Museums Trust and Museum De Buitenplaats, in Eelde, Netherlands, the exhibition features the stunning and ambitious ‘Midsummer’, 1887, from the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, Bournemouth alongside other key works from public and private collections across the UK.
The exhibition will run at the Museum De Buitenplaats from 10 December 2016 – 19 March 2017 before coming to York.
Included in cost of admission.
Picasso: Ceramics from the Attenborough Collection
- 28 July — 5 November 2017 *on now
The new exhibition showcases highlights from the Attenborough collection. Lord and Lady Attenborough began collecting ceramics by Picasso in 1954, after meeting him whilst on a family holiday in the South of France. At the time, Picasso was beginning to experiment with clay and produce his own ceramics at Georges and Suzanne Ramié’s Madoura Pottery in Vallauris. The Attenborough’s returned to Vallauris year after year, purchasing many more pieces and created the most significant private collections of Picasso ceramics in the UK.
The ceramics have been generously loaned to York Art Gallery by the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, by kind permission of the Estate of Lord and Lady Attenborough.
Pieces in the exhibition were chosen to reflect the range of Picasso’s own artistic interests and also reveal the taste of the collectors, Richard and Sheila Attenborough.
The collection will be displayed alongside some of York Art Gallery’s British studio ceramics collection, offering the public the opportunity to compare and contrast the works of Picasso’s contemporaries and those that were influenced by his work.
Included in cost of gallery admission
Marinella Senatore: York Symphony
- 22 September 2017 — 7 May 2018
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.
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.
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