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Welcome to York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery is now closed for a major redevelopment and will open again with 60 per cent more exhibition space for Easter 2015.

Many of our paintings, ceramics and sculpture will be on display at other galleries around the city, region and in London during the closure as part of York Art Gallery on Tour.

Our busy Events Programme will continue with workshops, talks and children's activities at our contemporary art venue, York St Mary's, and our sister venues, the Yorkshire Museum and York Castle Museum. Our Community Art programme, Territories, will continue with its outreach work.

York St Mary's will also be opened for an extended season in 2013 with three exhibitions planned for this year.

York Art Gallery's collection of paintings spans more than 600 years and works range from 14th century Italian panels and 17th century Dutch masterpieces to Victorian narrative paintings and 20th century works by LS Lowry and David Hockney.

We also hold the most extensive and representative collection of British Studio Ceramics, thanks to the acquisition of collections from Dean Milner–White, WA Ismay and Henry Rothschild and the recent long term loan of Anthony Shaw's collection.

This will be reflected in the new-look gallery with a new Centre for British Studio Ceramics.

The building which houses the gallery opened its doors to the public in 1879 for the second Yorkshire Fine Art and Industrial Exhibition, inspired by the Great Exhibition in London of 1851. In 1892 it became the City Art Gallery.

The gallery looks out over Exhibition Square, also created in 1879, and beyond to the city walls and York Minster. The centrepiece of the square is a statue of York artist William Etty which was erected in 1911.

York Art Gallery holds the largest collection of work by Etty and in 2011 held the first major exhibition of his work for 50 years, showing many of these paintings and sketches alongside loans from other major galleries.