York Art Gallery

The Project Gallery showcases work with local communities and contemporary artists responding to our collections. It is located to the left of the main entrance at York Art Gallery and admission is FREE (normal gallery opening hours apply).


Kate Haywood – Hoard

4 August – 10 December 2017

Coin weights shining under a rock in a river. Once nestled inside a woven glove. Placed in speed, the textile rots, is washed away. The metal remains. Held by gravity and the memory of a net. Waiting to be found. Given new contexts, new values, new stories, new meanings. What do we lose and what do we find over time as contexts shift and owners change.

‘Hoard’ actively explores our relationship with objects and how we read them as they knit together with our own personal experiences and narratives. These lost contexts and ambiguous groupings offer the potential for poetic forms to emerge.

Kate will revisit the space throughout the exhibition period to re-group and re-assemble the forms, blending further elements and materials to offer a series of possible final readings. Visitors are invited to create their own versions of these artefacts in the gallery space to add to an ever growing public hoard of offerings.

Initial research conducted at the Yorkshire Museum and the National Museum of Denmark inspired the development of this project. This period of study was funded by the Future Lights International Ceramics Competition (Ceramics and its Dimensions/Staffordshire University Bursary) and The Worshipful Livery Company of Wales.

The Project Gallery is open 10am to 5pm daily and entry is free.


Coming up next in the Project Gallery…

A Sense of Home: Exploring the Anthony Shaw Collection

14 December 2017 – 8 April 2018

See the work the ceramic students from Central St Martin’s have created in response to the collection and the environment that the ceramics are in from the Anthony Shaw collection, both on display and in store.