Explore 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
PICTURES OF THE FLOATING WORLD: JAPANESE UKIYO-E PRINTS
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.
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.
- York Art Gallery selected as finalists for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year at the Visit York Awards 2022
- W.A. Ismay’s remarkable ceramics collection to go on display in new exhibition at York Art Gallery’s Centre of Ceramic Art
- Young Gainsborough: Rediscovered Landscape Drawings - Twenty-five recently attributed Gainsborough drawings go on show for the first time alongside major works
- Clay, Peat and Cage - UK premiere of work by Yorkshire-based artists at York Art Gallery
- Work by world-renowned artist Damien Hirst on display at York Art Gallery