Upcoming Exhibitions at York Art Gallery

Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years

12 June – 20 September 2020 

The touring exhibition, developed by the Holburne Museum in Bath, is the first to celebrate Grayson Perry’s earliest forays into the art world and will re-introduce the explosive and creative works he made between 1982 and 1994.

The remarkable 70 works included in the exhibition have been crowd-sourced following a national public appeal. These ‘lost’ pots will be on display together for the first time since they were made.

BLOOM! Art in Nature

20 June – 4 October 2020

A summer exhibition which will take the visitor on a journey through a range of artistic media – drawings, paintings and ceramics – to showcase York Art Gallery’s rich flower-themed pieces. Tying in with the Bloom! 2020 festival in York, the show will include a sculpture trail in the Artists’ Garden and hands-on activities for everyone to enjoy.

Leach, Hamada and the birth of British studio ceramics

10 October 2020 – 14 March 2021

2020 marks 100 years since Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada founded the Leach Pottery in St Ives- the moment many consider to the beginning of the British Studio Ceramics Movement. Drawn entirely from York’s collections, which include Leach’s masterpiece the Leaping Salmon vase and what is considered to be the best collection of Hamada’s work outside Japan, this exhibition also includes work by many of their students and followers, revealing the Leach legacy that continued through the 20th century and to today.

York Mediale

21 October 2020 – 24 January 2021

A major exhibition where ground-breaking art and cutting edge technology combine as part of a city wide festival of digital arts. More information to be released soon.