Sunday, 26 July 2015

York Art Gallery re-opens on Yorkshire Day.

After almost three years of refurbishment, York Art Gallery finally re-opens on Yorkshire Day, this coming Saturday 1st August.  The gallery’s collection of Italian Old Masters will be displayed, complimented by loans from major public collections.

The £8 million development means there is now 60% more display space across a number of galleries.

The Madsen Galleries - a new suite of three galleries on the ground floor named after brother and sister Peter and Karen Madsen, who left their £2.2 million estate to York Art Gallery to help fund the development. The opening displays will include highlights of the Lycett Green Collection by Italian Old Masters from the 14th to the 18th Century and an exhibition of some of York Art Gallery’s best views of the city, including Clifford’s Tower by L.S Lowry and the other 1950s works that were commissioned as part of the Evelyn Award, including the famous work of .

The Burton Gallery - featuring the gallery’s most famous Victorian, Modern and Contemporary works, including pieces by Walter Sickert, Sir Stanley Spencer, David Bomberg, Paul Nash, David Hockney, Sarah Lucas and Henri Fantin-Latour and, of course, William Etty.

The North Gallery Upper - The exhibition The Lumber Room: Unimagined Treasures, is curated and created by York based artist Mark Hearld. It will feature objects from across York Museums Trust’s collections, including oil paintings, works on paper, taxidermy and social history.
Mark will also create new work in response to the objects including individually decorated ceramic slip cast horses made in response to the Leeds Horses in the collection.

The Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) -  housed in two new spaces created within York Art Gallery – the mezzanine level in the original Victorian Roof Void and a newly built gallery above the Madsen Galleries.

You are encouraged to read more about the new improved gallery on their own site.

More controversially the Gallery will now be charging a £7.50 admission fee.  There's been a fair amount of coverage in The Press recently which you can read at these links.

An outdoor protest against the cuts in Arts funding is also planned for Saturday to coincide with the re-opening. Thank you to Helen Graham for bringing this to our notice. The organisers have issued the following statement

York Museums Trust have proposed to charge York residents for entry. Come and show your support for a free and open art gallery through unleashing your own creativity. While the paintings and ceramics are in the gallery, art is in the streets!"
  • Bring your artwork to be displayed in a York Free Art Gallery in Exhibition Square
  • Develop your own art work on the day and add it to the open exhibition 
  • Help develop an active community around the Art Gallery linking the city's collections with all of us as creators of York's art, culture, history and heritage. 

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