Thursday, 1 November 2018

Robert Brindley Workshop - CANCELLED

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Robert Brindley workshop in Bishopthorpe has been cancelled, therefore, we are now having a SELF HELP WORKSHOP  on 17th November instead. Please bring a packed lunch and £6 for the hire of the space. 
A reminder that there is also a self-help workshop on 15th December. 
Dates for 2019 yet to be announced. 

Monday, 22 October 2018

Sales of paintings

Artists' cheques resulting from sales at the recent exhibition, will be available to collect from the Treasurer at the Self Help on Saturday and also the November Demo.😄

Sunday, 14 October 2018

York Mind and Rethink York Group

Exhibition and auction 29 Sept - 27 October 2018. 
City Screen Gallery, York 
10.30am - 11pm 

York Artworkers Association

Exhibition Success!

Thank you to all members who exhibited work at the recent exhibition, especially those who managed to bring an extra painting or two, last minute! 

The committee felt that the standard of work for this exhibition was extremely high, resulting in lots of sales. 

We hope you all enjoyed the exhibition and please keep up the good work for next year. 

Watch this space or attend demos for more details of the dates and times of the next exhibition. 

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Nunnington Hall Exhibition Opportunity

I’m contacting you on behalf of National Trust property Nunnington Hall in North Yorkshire regarding our upcoming exhibition Art for Christmas. This special exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate wonderful arts and crafts from the Yorkshire region and beyond.
The Art for Christmas exhibition is a creative platform for artists to showcase a mixed media of work covering a variety of subjects including local life, landscape, nature and wildlife.  In the past the pieces have included paintings, photography, wood carving and embroidery.
All submissions must be received by Sunday 21 October and the successful applicants will be notified within three days. Artwork will need to be delivered to the property by Sunday 4 November. All profits will contribute towards the care of Nunnington Hall and its collection.

Please find below more information about the exhibition along with an application form. 
Kind regards
Leni Ella
Programming and Visitor Experience Assistant
Nunnington Hall/Rievaulx Terrace

Robert Brindley Workshop - Sat 17 November

York Art Society - Self Help Group

The following Workshop has been arranged at St Andrews Church Hall, Church Lane Bishopthorpe YO23 2QG

Saturday 17th November 2018 9.45 to 3.30pm (Please do not arrive at the hall before 9.30am)

Many of you will know Robert and may have attended one of his excellent workshops before. The format will be slightly different from the previous workshop formats. Robert will demonstrate a watercolour, snow scene after which you can begin your own painting from your reference material in whatever medium you prefer. Robert will be on hand during the workshop to give help, advice and encouragement.

You will need to bring along your preferred medium and reference material, together with appropriate equipment.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.
Cost: £25.

Forms will be available at the demo on Sat 6 October, or please speak to a committee member.

Appeal for more stewards for October Exhibition

Stewarding: Please remember that we ask for a commitment to help with the stewarding at the exhibition if you wish to enter work. 

Most ‘duties’ consist of being a friendly face or contact for the visitors to the exhibition area. There will be plenty seats, and drinks are available for stewards.

Daily slots:
10am to 1pm: Thurs 11th , Fri 12th and Sat 13th Oct.
1pm to 3pm: Wed 10th, Thurs, 11th, Fri 12th and Sat 13 Oct.
3pm to 5pm: Wed 10th Thurs 11th, Fri 12th Oct.

Helping to set up and close down the exhibition (variety of tasks): Wed 10th Oct:  8am to 12pm. Sat. 13th Oct:  3pm. to 5.30pm.

Every day from 9.30am to 5pm. Daily welcome desk and door security: (sitting by entrance at desk). Please indicate the time you can manage.

Please put your name down at the next demo or email  

Thank you 

Monday, 10 September 2018

Studio Easel for sale

For Sale 

Mensa Studio easel - £90 ono 


  • Individually adjusted feet
  • Telescopic adjustment on all four legs
  • Top section swivels through a variety of working angles from horizontal to vertical 
  • Ideal for oil, watercolour or pastel painting 
  • Includes 32" x 24" drawing board 
  • Occupies approx. 26" square floor space
  • Folds easily for storage and transportation

Contact Yvonne Ledger on 01759 372830 

Easingwold Art Fair and Exhibition 20 and 21 October

Easingwold Art Fair and Exhibition has workshops which can be booked. 
For more information, or to book a place, please email, or ring Lynda on 01423 325955. 

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Exhibition Forms

The latest exhibition forms and details will be handed out in the newsletter at the next demonstration on Saturday 8 September. 

You can also download forms and read details about the exhibition on our website: 

Our 207th exhibition is at the Central Methodist Church,
St Saviourgate,

Wednesday 10th October to Saturday 13th October 2018

Wed 1pm - 5pm           Thurs / Fri 10am - 5pm          Sat 10am - 3pm

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Private View Exhibition of Yorkshire by William Tillyer

Exhibition on a theme of Yorkshire by William Tillyer from 7 September - 28 October. 

Private View Invitation on Friday 7th September
6.00 - 8.30pm. 

Kunsthuis Gallery are delighted to invite you
for the opening of this highly anticipated show
with work by one of Britain’s most respected artists,
Yorkshire born and bred WILLIAM TILLYER
& GARETH GRIFFITHS, member of the Royal Society
of British Sculptors.

Please email to confirm your attendance to

Please see website for full details and gallery opening times: 

Rhona Rowley at East Yorkshire Open Studios

York Art Society member Rhona Rowley is participating in East Yorkshire Open Studios 2018. 

Please support her and fellow artists on 15 - 16 September and 22 - 23 September from 10am - 5pm, at 1 Woldview Road, Wilberfoss, York YO41 5PX. 

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Images for website

If you would like your work published on the York Art Society website gallery (, please email your best painting or drawing for the attention of Katrina, to This is an ongoing request, therefore there is no deadline. 

If you do not have scanning or photography facilities, but would still like your work published, please speak to Katrina or a committee member at any demo meeting. 

Thank you 

Katrina Whitehead (Newsletter Ed.) 

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Art Exhibition at Tithe Barn Nether Poppleton

Reminder that the annual art exhibition will be held at Tithe Barn, Nether Poppleton on August Bank Holiday weekend. 

Susan Holliday exhibition - opening night change of date

Please note, as per the previous post here, YAS member Susan Holliday is holding an exhibition of her work. The Village Gallery has changed the private view date to Tuesday 28 August 5 - 8pm. All other details remain unchanged. 

For more details, keep checking the website: 

Friday, 3 August 2018

Appeal for Paintings for Art Auction

For further information on how to submit your paintings for auction, please contact Holly Bilton, York Mind Tel 01904 404 940 or email 

Search for mystery artist

A member of the public has been given some paintings of Whitby and Coniston from her grandparents and would like to trace the history of them. There is an accompanying slip of paper with mention of York Art Society and also the name Mrs Sydenham Walker. The paintings were all signed DLW or DL Walker and the date could be late 1800s or early 1900s.  

If you can help with any information please email YAS: or speak to a committee member at the next meeting. 

Thank you 

Katrina Whitehead (Newsletter Ed.)  

Monday, 16 July 2018

Art Exhibition by Susan Holliday

York Art Society member Susan Holliday will be exhibiting her work at The Village Gallery, Colliergate York. 

Meet the artist Tuesday 28 August 5 - 8pm. All welcome for this Private View. 

Exhibition of assorted landscapes in mixed media and acrylic runs for five weeks. Gallery closed Mondays. Open Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm. 

For more details, keep checking the website: 

Friday, 6 July 2018

Saturday 14 July – change of artist

The artist on the programme for 14 July Sarah Hill (flowers in watercolour) has been ill and has had to cancel her visit.

I have been fortunate in booking a replacement artist Lewis Hazelwood-Horner based in London, who is well respected in the South, with exhibitions at some important galleries, collected by art galleries, and travels to many countries with his art. I feel that he will give an excellent afternoon on the subject "Flowers in Watercolour".  If you view his website you will learn much more about his award-winning work.

Your committee hopes sincerely that you will be able to come on 14th July for 2.00pm start, will tell your friends, and make this a special afternoon. 

Regards Ron D W (Programme Secretary)

Collection of payments for art sales still outstanding

I still have some payments for artists who were unable to collect at the AGM or self help (as per last post). I will bring to the next demo and also July self help but if anyone is unable to collect could they let me know ( Please note all small payments under £10 are in cash and at some point will have to be collected!

Kind regards 

Marianne (Treasurer)

Friday, 29 June 2018


Bloomin’ Art - an art exhibition at the Village Gallery, featuring early 20th Century to contemporary works of art, ceramics, glass and jewellery, all with a floral theme. YAS member Julie Lightburn is one of the featured artists. 

The Village Gallery is at the Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate end of Colliergate, across the road from Barnitts, and is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm. The exhibition runs from 3rd - 14th July. 

The exhibition is part of the Bloom festival. A full list of events can be found on the festival website, or you can pick your 80 page directory from the Tourist Information Centre.

Julie is also currently working on a collection of paintings for the Small-Scale Collectables exhibition at the Inspired by . . . . gallery, at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, YO21 2NB.  The exhibition is open daily between 19th July and 28thAugust.  All of the small framed paintings are priced at just £50.
Entry to both exhibitions is Free of charge.  

Sunday, 17 June 2018

George Smith's Garden

There are only four places left for George Smith's Garden, York. 

The painting and drawing day is on Saturday 4 August at 9.30am until around 4pm. Please bring a chair, art materials, easel (umbrella!) and a packed lunch or have a pub lunch next door with other members. 

Morning coffee and afternoon tea with cakes are included in the price of £4. 

Email to reserve a place, or speak to a committee member or Lynda Baker at the next demo. 

Sunday, 10 June 2018

York River Art Market

York River Art Market will be on Saturdays in July and August, on the railings near Lendal Bridge and Museum Gardens. York Art Society members Lin Taylor and John Bennett will be exhibiting, so pop along and show your support! 

             More details on dates and times HERE  

Frames for sale

A message from Steve Garnett to say he has not attended any of our demonstrations with his good value frames recently, as he broke his leg badly in August last year. He would like members to know he is having a MOUNT AND FRAME SALE  at his Workshop on 7 & 8 JULY.    14 Tedder Road, ACOMB. YO24 3JB. Tel. 01904-606907.

Self Help dates announced

Self Help dates have been announced for St Andrew's Church Hall, Bishopthorpe, as follows.

23 June
28 July
25 August 
22 September 
27 October 
15 December 
Please email for more details, to put your name on the list, or to cancel. Places book up fast. 

Reminder, £6 each to include tea coffee and biscuits and please bring a packed lunch. 


Art in the Pen exhibition in Thirsk

York Art Society member Lin Taylor will be exhibiting her feathers at the Art in the Pen exhibition in Thirsk on 21 and 22 July. Lin will be exhibiting in pen no. 71. £3 entry fee. 
See for more details. 

Sunday, 3 June 2018

York Festival of Ideas

Please find below details of some of the events taking place during York Festival of Ideas. 

Kind regards


Caron Lett 
Festival of Ideas Officer
University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD 

Join us for York Festival of Ideas 2018. Running from 5 to 17 June, the Festival includes more than 200 mostly FREE events to educate, entertain and inspire. A selection of events is listed below and the full programme can be viewed at

Which cities work and which don’t? Why? How can we ensure good growth through design? Our special Focus Day, which is supported by the University of York through the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) and by York Science Park, explores the possibilities for ‘re-imagining the city’. Join us as our expert speakers discuss how architecture, technology and transport underpin urban living and how they impact on the environment, our lives, health and happiness. Speakers include Alison Brooks, Alison Brooks Architects; Patrik Schumacher, Principal, Zaha Hadid Architects; Stephen Joseph, Executive Director of Campaign for Better Transport; Harbinder Birdi, Head of Infrastructure and Transport at Hawkins\Brown; Riccardo Marini, Founder of Marini Urbanismo; and Clare Wright, Founding Partner at Wright & Wright Architects. 

Exploring Utopian York, throughout the Festival

York is a city designed, re-designed, built, and re-built over thousands of years. The futures we envision for York change over time too. In this downloadable podcast trail, Sarah Lohmann of Durham University and Adam Stock of York St John University discuss utopian visions, science fiction and the imagination, while exploring everyday locations around the city.

Fashion chronicler EugĂ©nie Shinkle explores the profound influence that fashion photography has had over the past century. Featuring work by important fashion photographers of the past, alongside those shaping contemporary taste today, she showcases some of the genre’s most glamorous moments. Learn how fashion photography flourished with the rise of illustrated magazines and how it has since expanded and evolved.

Liquid Traces: The left-to-die boat case Wednesday 6, Sunday 10 and Wednesday 13 June

Join us for a film screening of Liquid Traces: The Left-to-Die Boat Case (2014) directed by Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani (Forensic Oceanography). The screening will be introduced by Martha Cattell and Kyveli Lignou-Tsamantani, Art History PhD students at the University of York. The film offers a reconstruction of events when 72 passengers left the Libyan coast heading in the direction of the island of Lampedusa on board a small rubber boat. Left to drift for 14 days in NATO’s maritime surveillance area, only nine people survived.

The Qur’ans of Uljaytu, Wednesday 6 June

The Mongol Ilkhanate (1256-1353) was established in north-west Iran after the invasions led by Hulegu, the grandson of Genghis-khan. Despite the initial destruction the conquests brought, Ilkhanid rule heralded a period where the arts of the book flourished with the production of both religious and secular texts. Alison Ohta of the Royal Asiatic Society discusses the beautifully illuminated Qur’ans produced for the Ilkhan Uljaytu.

As the ‘beautiful book’ comes back into vogue, artist, illustrator and author Martin Salisbury delves into the history of the illustrated book jacket. He traces its development across the 20th century through some of the most outstanding designs of the era, revealing how far the book as an artefact had travelled from the days of the plain wrapper in the 19th century.

Immerse yourself in the elegance of a by-gone era as you learn about the making of the V&A’s exhibition Ocean Liners: Speed and Style. Join the exhibition’s co-curator Ghislaine Wood for a journey through the design stories of the world’s greatest ocean liners, including the Titanic, the Queen Mary and the Canberra, and discover how the exhibition re-imagines the golden age of travel.

The Mughal Emperors of South Asia were famous patrons of art and architecture but less familiar is the impact of the equally powerful and wealthy female queens. Mehreen Chida-Razvi of SOAS, University of London, introduces Nur Jahan, wife of Emperor Jahangir and aunt to Mumtaz Mahal, for whom the Taj Mahal was built, as a great architectural patron in her own right.

Find out about the making of the Leonard Cohen: Une brĂšche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything exhibition with John Zeppetelli, Director and Chief Curator of the MusĂ©e d’art contemporain de MontrĂ©al. Inspired by the world of singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen and the great themes of his life and work, this truly multidisciplinary exhibition combined visual art, virtual reality, installations, performances, music and writing.

Taking inspiration from a film documenting experimental arts-based research with activists and artists in Bangladesh and Uganda, you are invited to think about how the arts can help us imagine a different world. Ruth Kelly of the University of York’s Centre for Applied Human Rights and artist Emilie Flower present a film screening, exhibition and discussion, and explain how theatre, story, image, dance and music can help us envisage a more just and sustainable world.

Author Frances Borzello explores the often overlooked genre of women’s self-portraiture, giving this richly diverse range of artists and portraits the critical analysis they deserve. Take a journey from the self-portraits of nuns in medieval illuminated manuscripts, through to art schools opening their doors to women in the 19th century, to the demolition of taboos in the modern period.

Explore the Egyptian modernist art movement and representations of the body. Amina Diab, a PhD student at the University of York, discusses representations of women and their influences pre-1952 revolution, under the royal family, and post-1952 revolution, under military rule. Join us as we investigate gender and space in modern day Egypt.

It is quite difficult to imagine artist Edvard Munch as a cheerful individual. Yet, in his later works, in paintings as monumental as they are high-profile, he presents audiences with visions of universal harmony. Art historian Elena Kashina discusses works which are charmingly idyllic, but delivered convincingly, poetically and consistently – and which are still decorating the public spaces for which they were created.

In a period of mass manufacturing, our growing appetite for hand-made objects, artisan food and craft beverages reveals our deep cravings for tradition and quality. But there was a time when craft meant something very different. Historian and broadcaster Alex Langlands explains how the Old English word crĂŠft possessed an almost indefinable sense of knowledge, wisdom, and power. Join Alex and rediscover the meaning of craft.

How did those living in the circumpolar region see space, place and landscape in the time after contact with Europeans? Join Meg Boulton, a Research Affiliate with the University of York’s History of Art Department, as she brings together three sets of objects to consider this question.

Ivan Bilibin was one of the foremost visual interpreters of fairy tales and epic legend in Russia at the turn of the 20th century. Art historian Elena Kashina discusses the costumes and stage designs for projects such as Boris Godunov, Prince Igor and Fire-Bird. Hear how Bilibin fused a diverse range of styles, drawn from his academic training, traditional Russian art forms, religious painting and mystic views of the Orient.

The world of tomorrow is shaped by the emerging design and technology of today. Join Rory Hyde, co-curator of The Future Starts Here exhibition at the V&A in London, to find out about a landscape of possibilities for the future. Rory discusses the background to the major new exhibition, which brings together 100 objects ranging from smart appliances to satellites and artificial intelligence to internet culture.

The art and architecture of Egypt from the age of the pharaohs still grip the modern world’s imagination. Join author and Egyptologist Bill Manley as he highlights some ancient masterpieces in order to discover what art actually meant to this uniquely successful and compelling civilisation.

Fine art publisher Joe Studholme explains the modern printing of Joseph Banks’ collection of botanical engravings and shows some of the fine illustrations. Banks, a wealthy young naturalist, accompanied James Cook on his first voyage around the world, bringing back 1,300 previously unknown species. He then commissioned 700 engravings as a scientific record that became known as Joseph Banks’ Florilegium.

Digital technologies and tools are producing entirely new working methods, skill sets and consumer products. But unlike the Industrial Revolution, which reduced the role of the craftsperson in the manufacturing process, the digital age is enriching hand techniques. Writer Lucy Johnston introduces the international designers, artists, and craftspeople who are spearheading this latest revolution.

Meet five New Generation Thinkers and hear their ideas on topics ranging from Sarah Scott and the dream of a female utopia to John Gower, the forgotten medieval poet. New Generation Thinkers is a nationwide scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to find the brightest minds at the start of their careers with the potential to share their cutting-edge research through broadcasting. The session will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s The Essay in late June.

York Design Awards: Winners presentation, Monday 25 June (Post Festival event)

Join us for the 12th annual York Design Awards presentation in categories covering residential, community and commercial buildings, and open spaces. York Design Awards promotes excellence in architectural design and conservation in the York area. Good sustainable design and conservation support the city’s special heritage and contribute to the well-being of its residents and visitors.

Refuse/Refuge Friday 20 July to Sunday 16 September (Post festival event)

Refuse/Refuge is an exhibition of contemporary art exploring the role of visual politics in shaping the public's reactions to the 21st-century refugee crisis. Curated by University of York PhD students Kyveli Lignou-Tsamantani and Martha Cattell, the exhibition is supported by the University’s History of Art Department, York Festival of Ideas, the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.