York Art Gallery

Welcome to York Art Gallery – explore a range of paintings spanning more than 600 years, from 14th century Italian panels and 17th century Dutch masterpieces to Victorian narrative paintings and 20th century works by LS Lowry and David Hockney.

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 of London in 1851. In 1892 it became the City Art Gallery. After undergoing a major redevelopment project in 2015 the Art Gallery reopened with more display space, new gardens and a Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA).

What you can see on your visit

Human Nature
Until 24 Januaty 2021
Charges apply.

Jointly curated by York Mediale and York Museums Trust, visitors will discover how the human body is hardwired, synchronised and inextricably linked to nature.

Future Greats: Aesthetica Art Prize 2020
Until October 2020
The Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of works that redefine the parameters of contemporary art. The annual prize, now in its 13th year, provides a platform for both established and emerging practitioners from across the world. The 2020 exhibition includes 18 artists that respond to today’s key issues, unpacking the layers of the digitalised, globalised world.

Gillian Lowndes: At the Edge
Until October 2020
Showcased in the Centre of Ceramic Arts (CoCA), see the ground-breaking works of Gillian Lowndes (1936-2010), the most radical ceramicist of the twentieth century.

Michael Lyons – Ancient and Modern
Until October 2020
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 York City Centre and easily accessible.

Don’t forget to stroll through Edible Wood, a garden featuring plants that have an edible component and are both attractive and useful!

Permanent Collection

The Burton Gallery
See some of the finest pieces from our fine art collection, including Italian Old Master paintings, Dutch and Flemish Old Master paintings, works by early 20th century modern artists and abstract paintings. In addition to this, on display are some old favourites including Hogarth’s Studio by E. M. Ward, Clifford’s Tower by L. S. Lowry and works by York artist William Etty.

Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA)
CoCA highlights and celebrates our collection of British Studio Ceramics, which is the largest and amongst the most important in the UK and covers the entire British studio ceramics movement.

The Anthony Shaw Collection: Children Curate
Anthony Shaw’s impressive collection of art was assembled over a 40-year period and is on long-term loan to York Art Gallery. In this remarkable display, Anthony invited 28 Year Six children from Burton Green Primary to become Guest Curators and create their own exhibition using his collection.