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



Opens 28th May / Free entry 

Featuring prints by prominent Ukiyo-e artists such as Utagawa Hiroshige, along with works by those influenced by Japanese art, such as public favourites Albert Moore and Walter Greaves. Find out more here.


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.