Shandy Hall

Shandy Hall
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The Laurence Sterne Trust was established as a registered charity in 1967 in order to promote the writings of Laurence Sterne, the 18th century novelist and vicar of Coxwold. Shandy Hall is where he lived and wrote The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy.

The Trust promotes Sterne's work and international reputation through exhibitions, events and public access to the property and its collection. Shandy Hall is situated 15 miles to the north of York in the beautiful surroundings of the North York Moors National Park

Venue Type:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

House open 1 May to 30 September, every Wednesday (2 to 4.30) & Sunday (2.30 to 4.30).
Gardens open 1 May to 30 September, every day except Saturday (11 to 4.30).

Admission charges

House: Adults £4.50. Accompanied children £2.25
Gardens: Adults £2.50

Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Paint Her to Your Own Mind

Paint Her to Your Own Mind

  • 9 July — 30 September 2016 *on now

'Paint Her to Your Own Mind' invites 147 artists / writers to join in creating 147 different representations of beauty on the blank page - responding to Sterne's request in vol VI of Tristram Shandy :

'Sit down, Sir, paint her to your own mind—as like your mistress as you can —as unlike your wife as your conscience will let you—‘tis all one to me— please but your own fancy in it.'

All artworks (kindly donated) are for sale by auction at the gallery and, over the coming weeks, online on the exhibition blog.

Norman Ackroyd, Carry Akroyd, John Baldessari, Jérémie Bennequin, Nancy Campbell, Brian Dettmer, Maura Dooley, Ian Duhig, Stephen Fry, Maria Fusco, Neil Gaiman, Tom Gauld, Patrick Hughes, Tom Phillips, Martin Rowson, Wendy Saunders, Lemony Snicket, Lisa Stansbie, Carolyn Thompson, Momoyo Torimitsu, Alison Wilding and many more.

To see a full list of participating artists and more information about the exhibition see:


Shandy Hall
North Yorkshire
YO61 4AD




01347 868465

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