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York street art tours available from Shambles Market this summer

Local artist to host weekly interactive workshops across the historic city

If you enjoy art and discovering new places, head down to Shambles Market in York this summer for an interactive tour of the city.

Local artist Lee Boxall, who runs popular art stall Ipsofacto Art in Shambles Market, will run weekly art tours every Sunday from 19 July to 13 September 2015.

His fun and informative “A Brush With York’ tours/workshops will cater for all skill levels. They will begin at the Ipsofacto Art stall, adjacent to the newly-renovated food courtyard in Shambles Market, before heading out to key vantage points throughout the city, including parts of the medieval City Walls and the historic York Minster.

“'This is an opportunity for those who enjoy art and exploring new places to come together to capture a unique piece of this fabulous city,” says Lee.

“I’ve lived in York a number of years now and I've photographed, sketched and painted many parts of the city in many seasons. York changes constantly – York Minster goes from a pale grey to a burnt orange to a glorious pink sometimes from morning to night and from day to day.”

“With that in mind the marks we artists make in response to what we see are forever changing and I want to take people on an experience that helps them capture this.”

Chris Price, City Centre and Markets Manager, Make It York, said: "This is a fantastic way for people to discover the beauty of York and its historic sights. We’re delighted Lee will be offering these tours from the Shambles Market and we’re keen to help bring more exciting events into the market this summer.” Ipsofacto Art stall can be visited on a Saturday, Sunday and Monday every week and also on the last Friday of every month, as part of the regular Farmer’s Market event within Shambles Market.

A Brush With York
• Sundays 10.30am to 3.30pm (19 July to 13 September 2015)
• £20 per person (including materials and light refreshments provided in the new Shambles Market food court)
• Limited places available
• To find more information and to book, visit

Notes to Editor:
Shambles Market is situated by The Shambles thoroughfare, an ancient narrow cobbled street of 15th century timbered buildings – York’s oldest street and the oldest shopping street in Europe. The Shambles Market outdoor meeting point offers free Wi-Fi, seating area with tables, chairs and parasols in York’s city centre and street food is available from kiosks serving hot, fresh tasty food seven days a week, including North African & Levantine cuisine, Turkish-inspired wraps and traditional English tea and homemade Yorkshire scones. You’ll find locally sourced, award-winning Yorkshire produce with short field-to-fork journey, such as fresh bread made from local Yorkshire organic flour, preserves made in the Yorkshire Wolds from pure ingredients, flowers and plants from Yorkshire suppliers, homemade sausages made from Yorkshire bred pork, Yorkshire cheeses and soft fruits, fresh fish caught that morning off Yorkshire’s coastline, and ales from independent Yorkshire breweries.

Reasons to shop at Shambles Market
• By shopping at Shambles Market, you will be investing in independent regional businesses in Yorkshire and for every £1 spent on local produce, around 50p-70p of that goes back into the local York economy.
• You can learn where products and produce have come from and how they were made. Many products have a short field-to-fork journey, so there is less packaging to recycle and less transportation - reducing the environmental impact of your shop in York.
• Our Yorkshire traders are passionate local business owners, who are proud of their craft and produce and value your business. You’ll enjoy personal help, education and support when choosing what to buy.
• Buying local at Shambles Market cuts the cost of the middleman and pricey shipping, so you get more value for your pence. Fresh local produce, including fish, meat, fruit vegetables, can have lower prices than at the supermarket and you’ll also find clothing, shoes and household goods at discounted prices. Add value to your purchase by stocking up on fresh seasonal food and freezing it to eat out of season

Make It York (York’s Destination Organisation) has an overarching remit to market the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally - as an exciting place to live, study, visit and do business. The remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, festivals and events, business support and inward investment.


Claire Woffenden, Pick & Mix Marketing Solutions
Tel: 01904 863511

Kay Hyde, Head of PR & Corporate Communications, Make It York
Tel: 01904 554451