Sunday, 25 January 2015

Easingwold Art Fair

Here's an exciting new event in Easingwold for the late Spring Bank Holiday weekend of 23rd and 24th May.

Madeline and Lynda from Easingwold & District Art Society have forwarded the following press release about the show.

"This is the first event of its kind that the Easingwold & District Art Society has hosted and we are looking to attract many visitors to this delightful market town.

The EDAS ART FAIR will showcase outstanding work from local artists with demonstrations of their creative process. Pre-booked workshops will offer tuition from skilled artists along with the opportunity for visitors to participate at the ‘try for yourself’ painting tables. There will also be special projects for young people to encourage their interest in art.

Leading art manufacturers and suppliers will be represented and offers the visitor the opportunity to buy top quality materials with on-hand advice for both the aspiring new painter and the professional artist.

This new event aims to attract interest and participation from both local communities and beyond and as a precursor, we are sending information to known artists, clubs and societies.

Space will be limited so if you do have an interest in receiving further information on the exhibition, the demonstrations and the workshops available, please contact: or

York Open Studios 2015

So Christmas, New Year and Burn's Night are done and put away and you're looking forward to Easter.  It's also only ten weeks to this year's York Open Studios which falls across the weekends of 17th to 19th and 25th to 26th April.  

More details are on the official site at this link - which includes profiles of a number of our members.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Meet the (Other) Artists

The first of this year's self help sessions took place at St Andrew's Church Hall in Bishopsthorpe this afternoon.   21 members attended making this a successful start to 2015.

The self help group has gone from strength to strength in recent years.   Of all the Society's activities, this is probably the purest expression of our original mandate - "to promote art in Yorkshire and beyond".  There's a wide range of skill levels among the regulars and they work in many different styles and mediums.  This means anyone who attends can probably learn something but also share their own insights.  It's a friendly, relaxed and mutually supportive atmosphere and a great opportunity for new members wishing to meet other artists. 

The next Self Help meeting is on 21st.March between 10am and 4pm.  Everyone welcome.  The cost is £6 to cover rental of the hall and you're advised to bring along a packed lunch.  

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Nous ne sommes pas Spartacus !

Sitting here on a pleasant, if cold, Sunday afternoon in York it's hard to believe, and even harder to ignore, the tragic news that has been coming out of Paris over the last few days.

Most of us are still dealing with the shock, but inevitably the political manoeuvring has already begun.  Tragedy makes strange bedfellows. Amidst the grief I imagine the survivors among the Charlie Hebdo staff are bemused at the sight of many of their former satirical targets jumping on the "Je suis Charlie" bandwagon, or at the international newspapers that claim solidarity but still refuse to reproduce the offending cartoons.  Perhaps it's not even necessary as, in this digital age, we are all perpetually only three clicks away from enlightenment or offence.  Sometimes those two can be the same thing.

York Art Society has no political alignment and members are free to draw their own conclusions.  For now, we just reflect on 20 lives lost and the sobering thought that even in the 21st century people can be moved to murder over simple pictures.

Robert Brindley Demonstration

Grateful thanks to Robert for providing our first demonstration of the year and setting the bar for the rest of 2015.

The watercolour piece "Entering Kasioppi Harbour, Corfu" is now available to view on-line.  We though about showing it here, but suggest you click through using the links below and give Robert the traffic and 'likes' that he deserves. 

You'll also recall that our November workshop with Robert was unfortunately cancelled at the 11th hour due to illness.  We're hoping to reschedule this for early April, honouring the existing bookings. Please watch this space for further announcements.   

The Hungry Artist

We mentioned before Christmas that one of our new favourite local venues is The Hungry Artist.

Situated on Church Street in the heart of York, this is a wonderful little cafe with a fine display of local and international art on its walls.  It's an inspiring atmosphere for a quick coffee and a catch up with your creative friends.

7 Church Street, York
The venue also has plans for a series of workshops and other regular activities including music, life drawing and poetry, in a bid to become a creative hub in the centre of our city.

Right now they're in the final week of their new year sale so well worth dropping in for a coffee next time you are in town and picking up a bargain while you're there.

Find out more at the following links

Revised Dates for 201st Exhibition

Please note that our 201st Exhbition, originally scheduled for April 2015, has now been pushed back to the last week in May.

The new dates are Monday 25th May to Sunday 31st May inclusive.  This means that handing in will take place on the morning of the late spring bank holiday.

The 202nd Exhibition is still provisionally booked for late October 2015.  We will confirm those dates closer to the time.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

January Demonstration

Our first art demonstration of 2015 is on Saturday 10th January at Christchurch Hall, Stockton Lane, York and features Robert Brindley.

The afternoon starts at 2:00pm sharp and the demonstration will last around two or two and a half hours with an interval for tea and coffee.   Entry is free to members or £5 for quests.  

Please see the demonstration page on this blog for more details or drop an email to

Ferens Gallery Open Exhibition 2015

Always a popular event, this year's Open Exhibition at the Ferens Art Gallery opens next month and runs until after Easter.

Artists aged 16 and above are invited to submit up to two works for consideration.  Handing in of submissions is at the gallery between 12th and 27th January with selection taking place in time for the February opening.  This year's selectors are David Sweet (Painter & Critic) and Liz Waring (Curator of Visual Art, Museums Sheffield).

Full guidelines, framing instructions and entry forms are available to pick up from Ferens Art Gallery or by visiting the official Hull Council site at the following link. More detail & Application Forms

The exhibition is open between 14th February and 26th April 2015.  Public entry is free.

Ferens Art Gallery is located in Victoria Square in the centre of Hull (a city internationally renowned as the birthplace of Mick Ronson, Spider From Mars).  Directions can be found here.

Exhibition by Tim Bos

Tim Bos has sent us news of his first solo exhibition. This is running all this month at the Books for AMNESTY York Shop.

With a theme of Travel, the show features a variety of scenes from across the UK and Europe at very affordable prices.  A contribution to AMNESTY funds will be taken from the total sales.

You can find the shop at 42 Goodramgate, York.  Just five minutes from York Minster or fifteen minutes walk from York Railway Station.

Read more about the AMNESTY shop at this link

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year

York Art Society would like to wish all our members and supporters a very happy 2015 as we enter this New Year.  If it helps, think of it as a blank canvas, 365 days wide, and make of it what you wish.

Our year starts with the January demonstration by Robert Brindley on Saturday 10th at the usual venue and continues with our two week exhibition at the St Leonard Hospice Shop in Heworth which runs from Saturday 17th to Saturday 31st.

Handing in day for St Leonards is two weeks tomorrow (Friday 16th January) between 4pm and 5pm. That's a very tight window as hanging will take place in a frantic hour to enable us to be ready for the preview evening at 6pm sharp.  More information about entries will be available at the January 10th demonstration.  If you can't make that, please drop an email to

Looking ahead further to April, we're delighted to announce that our 201st Exhibition will be opened by Jonathan Cowap of BBC Radio York.    We'll be back at the De Grey Rooms for this and more details will appear on this blog as the event takes shape.