York Castle Museum

Redevelopment 2015

More galleries, bigger gardens and a Centre for British Studio Ceramics

An artist

An artist's impression of how the new upper gallery could look

York Art Gallery is undergoing a major redevelopment and will reopen in 2015.

We aim to increase the gallery's display space by 60 per cent by creating a new first-floor gallery in the space above the Main Gallery on the ground floor, and expanding into the rooms next door to the gallery, formerly occupied by the City Archives.

The 'new' gallery will then have three exhibition galleries on the ground floor, capable of hosting major national and international exhibitions, and four on the first floor, two of which will showcase our internationally significant collection of British Studio Ceramics.

A new entrance to the gallery will be created at the back of the building, leading down from the new first floor gallery into a newly-opened up section of the Museum Gardens, which will be developed into a public green space for fun and outdoor learning.

Other developments will include a new expanded cafe, a new lift, new toilets, new shop, a new collection store and an improved Studio space for learning.


The project will bring an investment of £8 million into York. We have now raised £7 million of this and are very grateful to all our funders who have made this project possible:

National Lottery through Arts Council England - £3.5 million
Private Legacy – £2 million
City of York Council - £500,000
Anthony Shaw Trust - £400,000
Garfield Weston Foundation - £250,000
The Foyle Foundation - £150,000
Sir Siegmund Warburg's Voluntary Settlement - £100,000
The Feoffees of St Michael's of Spurriergate - £50,000
Shepherd Group - £50,000 over three years.

We are continuing to raise funds for the remaining £1 million costs.

Fine Art Store Appeal

The Friends of York Art Gallery are heading an appeal to raise funds to pay for the new Fine Art Store to be included in the refurbished gallery.

They will match every £1 donated with a £1 from their reserves up to a value of £40,000. For every donation made with Gift Aid, they will match the amount donated plus the refunded tax given by HMRC.

For more details on how you can support this appeal, visit the Friends' website.

How to get involved

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If you are interested in finding out more, or you are part of a group in York who would like a presentation on our plans, please contact artgallery@ymt.org.uk