Previous Exhibitions at York Art Gallery

Strata – Rock – Dust – Stars

28 September – 25 November 2018

Showcasing ground-breaking moving image, new media and interactive artwork, ‘Strata – Rock – Dust – Stars’ is inspired by William Smith’s geological map of 1815, which transformed the way in which we understand the world. Find out more.


Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2018

18 May – 30 September 2018

Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world offering emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience. Find out more.


The Sea is the Limit

4 May – 2 September 2018

Thought provoking works of art exploring the current and ongoing issues of migration, dispossession and national borders were brought together in this exhibition featuring eleven international artists. Find out more.


70 Years of Giving Art

4 May – 2 September 2018

To celebrate their 70th year, members of ‘Friends of York Art Gallery’ chose their favourite works from the gallery’s collections which were acquired or restored thanks to their financial support. Find out more.


Sara Radstone: More Than Words

17 November 2017 – 10 June 2018

The Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) presented a moving retrospective exhibition of work by British artist Sara Radstone (born 1955). Find out more.


Marinella Senatore: York Symphony

23 September 2017 – 7 May 2018

Through a series of workshops and conversations collecting individual stories in York, Italian artist Marinella Senatore created a new ‘symphony’ to celebrate the city’s creative communities. Find out more.


Paul Nash & the Uncanny Landscape

20 October 2017 – 15 April 2018

Paul Nash’s groundbreaking inter-war landscapes which transformed the genre of British landscape painting featured in the new exhibition ‘Paul Nash & the Uncanny Landscape’ curated by artist John Stezaker. Find out more.


Ceramics from the Attenborough Collection

28 July – 5 November 2017

York Art Gallery and the Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) were delighted to be able to display highlights from the Attenborough Collection of ceramics created by one of the world’s most famous artists during the summer of 2017.


Albert Moore: Of Beauty & Aesthetics

7 April – 1 October 2017

York Art Gallery presented the first monographic exhibition of York born artist Albert Joseph Moore since the memorial exhibition in 1894, which featured an impressive selection of Moore’s paintings, watercolours and sketches. Find out more.


Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition

26 May – 10 September 2017

A platform for innovation and originality, the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition invites audiences to engage with captivating projects from some of today’s leading artists, both established and emerging. Find out more.


Leisure Land Golf

3 June – 3 September 2017

Following a successful Art Happens campaign, York Art Gallery were able to bring Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf to the Artists Garden in 2017 – a fully playable crazy golf course designed by internationally acclaimed artists. Find out more.


Manifest: 10,000 Hours

1 August 2015 – 4 June 2017

Working with volunteers from across the UK, artist Clare Twomey created an installation of 10,000 ceramic bowls. Each bowl took an hour to make and represented one of the 10,000 hours it is said to take to become a master craftsman. Find out more.


The Lumber Room

1 August 2015 – 7 May 2017

York-based Mark Hearld spent two years exploring the York Museums Trust collection, selecting his favourite pieces and creating his own artwork for this exhibition inspired by ‘The Lumber Room’, a short story by Saki. Find out more.



23 September 2016 – 19 March 2017

Human and animal, alive and dead, familiar and strange; this major exhibition explored how artists represent flesh in their work, including Peter Paul Rubens, Edgar Degas, Circle of Rembrandt and Francis Bacon. Find out more.


Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War

25 March – 4 September 2016

Working with the Imperial War Museums, this impressive display was the largest exhibition of First World War art for nearly 100 years featuring more than 60 artworks produced during the war and in its immediate aftermath. Find out more.


Art & Music

23 June – 31 December 2012

Using paintings and objects from York Art Gallery’s outstanding collections, this exhibition celebrated music and its harmonious and historic relationship with visual art. Artists included Bridget Riley, Juriaan van Streek, and LS Lowry. Find out more.


Gordon Baldwin: Objects for a Landscape

11 February – 10 June 2012

Gordon Baldwin is a sculptural potter who has been very influential in moving ceramics towards sculptural forms and away from traditional functional pots. This touring exhibition showcased more than one hundred of Baldwin’s works. Find out more.



15 October 2011 – 31 December 2012

Excitations was an exhibition of ceramics from York Museums Trust’s collections chosen by leading ceramicist Gordon Baldwin, who is internationally regarded as the UK’s most distinguished living sculptural potter. Find out more.


William Etty: Art & Controversy

25 June 2011 – 22 January 2012

This major exhibition took a fresh look at the works of York-born artist William Etty and uncovered the reasons for his controversial reputation. It was the first comprehensive reassessment of his art for more than 50 years. Find out more.