Monday, 24 February 2014

New BBC Programe Seeks Amateur Artists

The BBC have recently issued a call for amateur artists to compete in a new television series.  Their press release can be read below.  Any interested members can find out more at and should contact the BBC directly if interested in participating


BBC One is on the hunt for the best of Britain's amateur artists for a competitive arts series. We're looking for amateur painters from all over the UK who have a passion for painting and drawing. If you are over 16 and like a creative challenge we want to hear from you. Applicants must not be professional artists and will be expected to work in a variety of different figurative forms and media - from landscape, portraiture and still life, to watercolour, oil and charcoal.

To apply - please send your name, address, age, occupation and contact number, along with a recent photo, up to three images of your work, and a short paragraph about why you paint to:

Or by post to: Amateur Artist, MC5 A6, BBC Media Centre, Wood Lane, London, W12 7TQ

(Please DO NOT send originals as these cannot be returned to you)

Deadline is Sunday 23rd March but don't wait until the closing date!
Full Terms and Conditions available at

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

New Date for the Exhibition Review

Last week we announced that the review of the 198th Exhibition would be held next month.

This is still going ahead but please be aware of the new date - it will now take place on Thursday 13th March.

The time (7:00pm) and venue (the Black Swan on Peasholme Green) remain unchanged, but please confirm with Shannon if you can make the new date.  Shannon can be contacted at

York Art Workers Association

Thanks to Judith Pollock for alerting us to the latest activities of York Art Workers Association. This is a group of artists, craftsmen, conservators and academics with a shared love of building design, interiors and landscapes.

Their next monthly meeting to be held at Jacob's Well in Trinity Lane (off Micklegate) on Monday 3rd March. The speaker will be Tom Wood, a figurative and abstract artist who has exhibited widely both here and abroad. See for more information.

The meeting starts at 7.30pm and entry is £5 for non-members and £2 for members.

If you'd like to find out more about YAWA and their 2014 programme please visit their website at or pick up a leaflet available from several venues in York including the Pyramid Gallery in Stonegate

We hope to bring you regular updates on YAWA activities in 2014 so keep checking the blog.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Review of the Autumn Exhibition * UPDATED *

As previously announced, we'll be holding a review of last Autumn's 198th Exhibition at the De Grey Rooms. We can now confirm that the review will be held on Thursday 13th March 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Black Swan on Peasholme Green, York. PLEASE NOTE THE REVISED DATE

This is your opportunity to have your say on what you enjoyed back in October, what went well and which areas could use some development.  Suggestions and volunteers for the forthcoming 199th Exhibition in April are also actively encouraged.

So that we can ensure we reserve enough space for the night, please contact Shannon Morgan if you intend to join us for the review.  Shannon can be contacted by emailing

Sunday, 9 February 2014

An Evening With Cath Inglis

Another date for the diary, Thursday 13th March, Cath Inglis will be appearing at the Mansion House. 

This events supports the Kyra Womens project.  Tickets are only £10 and can be obtained by calling  01904 632332 or by emailing

Monday, 3 February 2014

Cath Inglis Workshop Saturday 15th February

There are still several places available on the Cath Inglis pastel workshop that YAS is holding on Saturday 15th February 2014 at Christ Church Hall, Stockton Lane, York.

If you wish to go along, please contact Shannon Morgan by Thursday of this week for more details and cost. Shannon can be contacted by emailing

The day consists of a brief introduction to pastels and suitable papers, followed by an on-going demonstration.  This is an informal session so there will be opportunities to discuss any specific questions you may have.

You will need to bring a reference photo, soft pastels, art board, paper and some basic supplies for keeping hands clean and correcting mistakes.  Competitively priced individual pastels, pastel sets and paper will be available for purchase on the day.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

February Demonstration - Sue Ford

Don't forget the February demonstration takes place this coming Saturday.  Usual venue and time - so that's 2:00pm on 8th February at Christ Church Hall on Stockton Lane, York.  Free to members.  Guests welcome with a £5 charge to cover admin costs.

This month we're pleased to have a visit from Sue Ford, a Yorkshire born artist who has exhibited widely including shows with the Royal Society of Marine Artists and the Society of Women Artists in the Mall Galleries, London.  The theme of Saturday's demo is a collage, subject still to be announced.  A professional member of the SAA, Sue's work embraces both the rugged moors and traditional coastal villages of her home county but also extends to explorations of Tuscany, Sardinia and Menorca.

An introduction to Sue's art can be found on her own site at where you can also learn about the painting holidays she organises.