Spot the L.S. Lowry’s, Turner or Hockney and surround yourself with some of the best ceramic art in the world at one of the UK’s best regional galleries. An £8 million development in 2015 saw it shortlisted for the Art Fund Museum of the Year and the European Museum of the Year as the whole building was transformed. The gallery has three exhibition spaces on the ground floor, displaying the best of national and international exhibitions, and four on the first floor, including two galleries which are home to the Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA), which showcases our internationally significant collection of British Studio Ceramics.
At the rear of the building, walk down into the Artists Garden and the Edible Wood before exploring the rest of the beautiful York Museum Gardens.
Young Gainsborough: Rediscovered Landscape Drawings
1 October 2021 – 13 February 2022
Twenty-five newly attributed Thomas Gainsborough drawings will go on public display for the first time in this major exhibition opening at York Art Gallery this autumn.
The beautiful drawings, lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection, were re-attributed to Gainsborough (1727 – 1788) in 2013 and transform our understanding of him as a talented landscape artist at the beginning of his career.
They will be presented alongside paintings and works on paper borrowed from collections across the UK and Ireland, including The National Gallery’s recently conserved masterpiece Cornard Wood (1748). Together, they will shed new light on Gainsborough’s early landscape practice and the techniques which made him one of the country’s most significant and influential artists.
The exhibition will also showcase the UK premiere of the triptych ‘Clay, Peat, Cage’ (2015), three performances to camera by Yorkshire-based artists Jade Montserrat and Webb-Ellis.
Pictures of a Floating World: Japanese Ukiyo-e Prints
From 28 May
A new display featuring rarely seen Japanese Ukiyo-e prints alongside much-loved paintings from our collection.
‘Pictures of the Floating World: Japanese Ukiyo-e Prints’ features prints by prominent Ukiyo-e artists such as Utagawa Hiroshige, along with works by those influenced by Japanese art, such as public favourites Albert Moore and Walter Greaves. This unique display highlights the significant impact of Japanese art on the western world and the consequential rise of artistic movements such as Aestheticism and Art Nouveau.
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