Sunday, 28 June 2015

York Art Gallery

Long time readers may recall the news in summer 2012 that York Art Gallery was closing for extensive renovations.  Well, we're pleased to announce that it finally re-opens on 1st August 2015.

The gallery is a central point of art and culture in our city and has been much missed over the last 30 months.

However, it's not all good news because, as you may have heard already, cuts in funding mean that it will have to introduce an entry fee of £7.50 per visit to support itself.  Age and employment related concessions should still apply, but for most of us the economic option looks like being the York Museums Trust card which gives unlimited access for an annual fee.

As you can imagine, there's been a lot of debate around this topic, not to mention the wider question of public ownership and entry to national collections.  Your starter for ten can be found on these links

The Press - York Art Gallery to stand on its own two feet

The Press - Pledge over art gallery fees

and you can learn more about the YMT card here.

York Museums Trust YMT Card

If you have deeper feelings about museum and gallery fees, you may be interested to know that there is a demonstration against the new entrance fee outside York Art Gallery this Wednesday 1st July from 5.30pm lead by The Peoples Assembly.   You can find out more on here and on FaceBook.  Thanks to Richard Liptrot for bringing it to our attention.

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