Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Announcing the 198th York Art Society Autumn Exhibition

The York Art Society is delighted to announce that this year’s autumn exhibition will be held at the York Theatre Royal De Grey Rooms. The exhibition will showcase the work of Society members, and will reflect a broad range of work produced across many styles and media. 
Ambitious plans are being put in place for a “Meet the Artists” day on Saturday 19th October.  Professional members of the group along with talented amateurs will be showcasing their work.  It will encourage visitors to have a greater understanding and appreciation of the talent York has to offer and encourage budding artists of all ages to pick up a brush or pencil and have a go themselves.
Membership of the York Art Society will be available at the exhibition with a display about the societies activities and history.
Teas, coffees and cake will also be available on Saturday 19th October.
With support from the Theatre Royal, we are working together to create a unique offering for visitors.  York Art Gallery, just across the road from the De Grey Rooms, is being sorely missed during its temporary closure for major refurbishment.  The York Art Society will be filling this cultural void in the heart of the city, if only for a week!
Most of the artwork will be on sale, along with a large selection of prints and cards.
The exhibition will run from Monday the 14th of October up to and including Sunday the 20th of October. Opening hours will be Tuesday thru Saturday 09:00 to 17:00 and Sunday 10:00 to 16:00.
Please contact the Society if you would like to attend the preview evening on Monday 14th October.
Entry is FREE at all times.

York Theatre Royal De Grey rooms are situated in the heart of York, in the shadow of York Minster. A fine example of early Victorian architecture, the De Grey Rooms are built to a neo-classical design.  Originally used as an officer’s mess for the social events and meetings of the Yorkshire Hussars; the Rooms are named after Thomas Philip de Grey, who was the 2nd Earl de Grey and colonel-commandant of the Yorkshire Hussar Regiment. Later on, the Rooms became a venue for social entertainments of the non-military sort: balls, concerts and parties.  During the Second World War dances were held, providing a little relief for the people of York more familiar with air-raids and ration books. 
The York Art Society exhibition coincides with the Theatre Royal production of Blood & Chocolate; a promenade performance around York starting from York Theatre Royal. Audiences will have a unique experience as they follow the story through the streets of York, watching the events unfold in and around some of York’s landmark buildings, including the De Grey Rooms.
York Railway station is just a 10 minute walk away with excellent connections to the rest of the UK.

A number of local bus services stop directly outside the theatre including numbers 1, 5, 6, 19B, 29, 30, 30X, 31, 31X, 40, 58 and M15. For information on bus routes and times, please visit the FirstGroup website (www.firstgroup.com).
There are also a number of car parks close to the venue – more information on car parking can be found on the York council website (www.york.gov.uk).
The society extends a warm welcome with FREE admission.
There is disabled access for those who require it.

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