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York Art Gallery

Art Gallery

Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW

Tel: 01904 687687

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York Art Gallery, center of Ceramic Art


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 to include 60% more exhibition space and an Artist’s Garden. The gallery now has three exhibition spaces on the ground floor, capable of hosting major 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.

An additional new entrance to the gallery was created at the rear of the building, leading down into the Artists Garden and the Edible Wood.

New Exhibition: Coast to Coast - 26 July 2019 to 26 July 2020

Seascapes rose in popularity as a subject for artists around 1790 and can include anything from oceans and beaches, to coastlines and nautical scenes. Over the centuries artists have been fascinated with telling the story of our relationship with the sea and, as an island nation, with a rich maritime history, this is especially important to our past stories. 

The gallery is also currently hosting some other amazing exhibitions The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour, Sounds Like Her,  Michael Lyons: Ancient and Modern & Lucy Rie: Ceramics and Buttons. 

See The Triumph of Pan by Nicholas Poussin as part of the National Gallery’s Masterpiece Tour 2019. Alongside this striking canvas we will be showcasing a wide range of works from York Art Gallery’s collections which explore the themes in Poussin’s work.
Sounds Like Her is a touring exhibition curated by Christine Eyene and produced by New Art Exchange, Nottingham. It brings together six women artists from diverse backgrounds- including Sonia Boyce OBE RA (UK), Madeleine Mbida (Cameroon), and Christine Sun Kim (USA) – each exploring sound as a medium or subject matter in innovative ways.

Michael Lyons: Ancient and Modern brings together nine large scale sculptures by internationally acclaimed artist Michael Lyons in a major new outdoor exhibition. Lyons, who sadly died earlier this year, worked from Cawood, North Yorkshire, and this is the first major exhibition of his work in York.

In addition to this, visitors can now enjoy fantastic local food from Sketch by Origen at the gallery, brand new customer facilities, a garden area that has never been opened up to the public before and an exciting new programme of activities and events.

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Opening Times

* Open Daily: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Closed: 25, 26 December and 1 January.

Early closing at 2.30pm: 24 and 31 December.

Guide Prices

YMT Card Holder FREE

Adult (with 10% Gift Aid Donation) £8.00

Adult (without donation) £7.27

Child (16 and under*) FREE with a paying adult

Student/Young Person** £5.60

York Resident (with 10% Gift Aid Donation)*** £6.40

York Resident (without donation)*** £5.82

Visitors on Universal Credit*** £4.00/ FREE for York Residents on Universal Credit

**Prices are lowered due to Madsen gallery changeover and will return to normal from the 13 July**

*Up to four children free per one paying adult. Additional children of any age will be charged at £4 per child.

** For those aged 17-24 or in possession of a valid student card, such as an NUS card.

***York residents must be able to demonstrate that they live within the City of York Council local authority boundary by providing a recent Council Tax statement, a valid YorkCard from an Explore library, a York student ID card or similar.



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Passenger lift
  • Smoking not allowed
  • WiFi or internet access

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted


  • Yorkshire AwardsYork Tourism Awards Winner York Tourism Awards Winner 2016
  • Yorkshire AwardsYork Tourism Awards Finalist York Tourism Awards Finalist 2016
  • Yorkshire AwardsYork Pass Accepted York Pass Accepted 2018

Public Transport Directions

On Foot: Located just outside the City Walls near Bootham Bar. Park & Ride: With six cleverly located sites surrounding the city centre getting into York has never been easier. The nearest railway station is York, which is 0.5 miles away.

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