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Exhibitions Archive

David Hockney: Bigger Trees Near Warter

February 12 2011 – June 12 2011 The largest painting David Hockney has ever created went on show in York Art Gallery, for the first time outside London. Bigger Trees Near Warter or/ou Peinture Sur Le Motif Pour Le Nouvel Age Post-Photograpique 2007, measuring 12m by 4.5m, is made up of 50 smaller canvasses of a landscape near the East Yorkshire …

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Grayson Perry: The Pre Therapy Years

Grayson Perry: The Pre Therapy Years

A major new exhibition featuring the earliest works and “lost pots” of one of Britain’s most well known artists is coming to York next summer.

The touring exhibition, developed by the Holburne Museum in Bath, is the first to celebrate Grayson Perry’s earliest forays into the art world and will re-introduce the explosive and creative works he made between 1982 and 1994.

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Future Greats: Aesthetica Art Prize 2020

Future Greats: Aesthetica Art Prize 2020

The Aesthetica Art Prize returns with 18 shortlisted artists who make sense of our changing world, responding to digital identities and global constructs. March 2020 – February 2021 (Please note that to enjoy this exhibition in full, please bring your mobile device and headphones to access the video audio from the internet as we cannot provide earphones due to …

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Harland Miller: York, So Good They Named it Once

Harland Miller: York, So Good They Named it Once

Harland Miller on North Yorkshire  Two short films to coincide with the largest solo exhibition to date by internationally acclaimed artist Harland Miller.

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Gillian Lowndes: At the Edge

Gillian Lowndes: At the Edge

See the ground-breaking works of Gillian Lowndes (1936-2010), the most radical ceramicist of the twentieth century, in the new exhibition Gillian Lowndes: On the Edge, showcased in the Centre of Ceramic Arts (CoCA) at York Art Gallery.

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Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast

26 July 2019 – 26 February 2020 This summer, explore the coastal landscapes, crashing ocean waves and hidden mermaids in a special exhibition revealing our close relationship with the sea. Coast to Coast takes you on a voyage through the history of sea paintings from the Dutch Golden Age spanning the 17th century, through 18th century Romantic paintings with stormy …

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Making a Masterpiece: Bouts and Beyond

Seascapes rose in popularity as a subject for artists around 1790 and can include anything from oceans and beaches, to coastlines and nautical scenes. Over the centuries artists have been fascinated with telling the story of our relationship with the sea and, as an island nation, with a rich maritime history, this is especially important to our past stories.

This selection of seascapes from the collections of York Art Gallery will take you on a voyage of the history of sea paintings from the Dutch Golden Age spanning the 17th century, through 18th century Romantic paintings with stormy settings and atmospheric skies, up to the modern interpretations of the 20th century.

Discover coastlines from Venice to Dover, smooth beaches and shipwrecks, stormy seas, and tranquil waters. You can also explore under the sea where you might encounter fish, mermaids and more!

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The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour 2019

The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour 2019

13 July – 22 September 2019 Nicolas Poussin’s The Triumph of Pan, one of the National Gallery’s most significant works, will be the centrepiece of a new exhibition at York Art Gallery this summer. The work depicts a mythical celebration of nymphs and satyrs revelling before a statue of Pan, Greek god of the wild. Works from …

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Sounds Like Her – Gender, Sound Art and Sonic Cultures

Sounds Like Her – Gender, Sound Art and Sonic Cultures

July 12 – September 15 Woman artists from culturally diverse backgrounds explore sound as a subject and a medium in a ground-breaking exhibition. Curated by Christine Eyene, known for her enquiry into feminist art and her research on sound art from an African perspective – Sounds Like Her sets out to broaden existing approaches to sound art and challenge …

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Michael Lyons – Ancient and Modern

Michael Lyons – Ancient and Modern

On display until 11 April 2021 Enjoy great art outdoors this summer as you explore our Artist Garden and works by internationally acclaimed artist Michael Lyons. ‘Ancient and Modern’ includes nine sculptures inspired by nature, myth and ancient cultures, all surrounded by 10 acres of beautiful York Museum Gardens. All of this is right in the heart of …

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