York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery
Exhibition Square
North Yorkshire







01904 687687


01904 697966

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York Art Gallery
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York Art Gallery combines a distinguished history of displaying fine paintings and ceramics with a modern-day welcome to all through a busy calendar of exhibitions, events and outreach work.

Paintings are displayed in six areas over the two floors of the gallery and are divided into themes such as portraits and landscapes.

They span more than 600 years and range from 14th century Italian panels and 17th century Dutch masterpieces to Victorian narrative paintings and 20th century works by LS Lowry and David Hockney.

Highlights from the gallery’s outstanding collection of 20th century ceramics are also on display.

The main ground floor gallery, which was refurbished in 2005, is used to house special exhibitions. These change every few months and can be anything from a touring exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery to a celebration of our own ceramics collection.

Another new area is The Studio, close to the main entrance, which is used for family activities, community work and education sessions.

The entire collection of this gallery is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Open daily 10:00 - 17:00

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

Admission charges

Free Admission

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

Collection details

Social History, 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.


  • 25 May 2013 — 25 January 2015 *on now

Featuring 15th century Italian paintings, sumptuous 18th century portraits by Hogarth and Allan Ramsay, Victorian masterpieces including Hogarth's Studio by EM Ward and LS Lowry's iconic view of York, this is a chance to see some of your favourites from York Art Gallery's collection as never before.

Venues are:

The Collection , Lincoln - 25 May - 26 August, 2013

Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston - 7 September - 30 November, 2013

Huddersfield Art Gallery - 14 December 2013 - 15 March 2014

Scarborough Art Gallery - 29 March - 29 June 2014

Cannon Hall, Barnsley - 12 July - 12 October 2014

The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate - 25 October 2014 - 25 January 2015

Suitable for

  • Any age





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.