Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA)

Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA)

York Art Gallery launched its ground-breaking new Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) on 1 August 2015. CoCA highlights and celebrates York Art Gallery’s collection of British studio ceramics, which is the largest and among the most important in the UK and covers the entire British studio ceramics movement.

Formed mainly of large gifts from significant private collectors, it retains the unique personality, passions and obsessions of its creators, providing an insight into the socio-economic development of the British studio ceramics movement. The collection is supported by extensive and fascinating archives, as well as historical collections of ceramics which date back to prehistory.

CoCA is housed in two beautiful gallery spaces on the first floor of York Art Gallery with changing exhibitions and displays, new acquisitions, and commissions. The programme is be supported by informal learning opportunities, academic research and events, all with the aim of promoting the understanding and enjoyment of this important but under recognised area of British Modernism.

The Collections

York Museums Trust has extensive collections of ceramics dating from prehistory through to the work of contemporary artists. Our collection of British studio ceramics is one of the most important in the UK. Containing the work of over 600 artists and in excess of 5,500 objects, it continues to grow through gifts, bequests and purchases.

Find out more about the Centre of Ceramic Art here.

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