The Friends of York Art Gallery Welcome You!

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    ‘NUD4’ by Sarah Lucas (1962- )

  • mereterasmussonyellowfoirm

    ‘Yellow form’ by Merete Rasmussen (1974- )

  • (c) Ms Carol Ann Lowry/DACS; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

    (c) Ms Carol Ann Lowry/DACS; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

  • leapingsalmonbernardleach

    ‘Leaping Salmon Vase’ by Bernard Leach (1887-1979)

  • ettyfancydressball

    ‘Preparing for a Fancy Dress Ball’ by William Etty (1787-1849)

  • burra

    ‘Silver Dollar Bar’ by Edward Burra 1905-1976

  •  Ceramic Lidded Storage 'Jar' - Acquired 1992 by David Lloyd Jones 1928-1994

    Ceramic Lidded Storage ‘Jar’ – Acquired 1992 by David Lloyd Jones 1928-1994

  • Porcelain teapot and six cups - Acquired 2005 by Chris Keenan 1960-

    Porcelain teapot and six cups – Acquired 2005
    by Chris Keenan 1960-

  •  Gun Crew - Acquired 1982 by Henry Lamb 1883-1960

    Gun Crew – Acquired 1982
    by Henry Lamb 1883-1960

  •  The Minster of York from the City Walls - Acquired 1987 by John White Abbott 1753-1861

    The Minster of York from the City Walls – Acquired 1987 by John White Abbott 1753-1861

  •  Ceramic Bowl Scene de tauromachie - Acquired 2005 by Pablo Picasso 1881-1973

    Ceramic Bowl Scene de tauromachie – Acquired 2005
    by Pablo Picasso 1881-1973

  •  Jean Abercromby, Mrs Morrison of Haddo - Acquired 2003 by Allan Ramsay 1713-1784

    Jean Abercromby, Mrs Morrison of Haddo – Acquired 2003
    by Allan Ramsay 1713-1784

  •  Portrait of the Artist - Acquired 1972 by Andrea Soldi 1703-1771

    Portrait of the Artist – Acquired 1972
    by Andrea Soldi 1703-1771

  •  Portrait of John Smyth of Heath Hall, Yorkshire - Acquired 1996 by Pompeo Girolamo Batoni 1708-1787

    Portrait of John Smyth of Heath Hall, Yorkshire – Acquired 1996
    by Pompeo Girolamo Batoni 1708-1787

  • 'Melanie' by Grayson Perry (1960-     )

    ‘Melanie’ by Grayson Perry (1960- )

We hope that you will enjoy the website, new for 2015. If you are not already a member, do consider joining us to enjoy the Arts in York, and perhaps contribute directly to the ongoing development of the Friends. It is a voluntary organisation which relies on its members to fulfill the charity’s objectives.

Founded 69 years ago, the main purpose of the Friends is to support York Art Gallery to achieve its works of art acquisition objectives, and to help the Gallery to meet the cost of conserving their outstanding collection.

Fund raising is through subscription, occasional art sales, luncheons, tours and talks, and significantly, bequests left to the Friends of York Art Gallery by Friends and those who want to help ensure the future of the York Art Gallery.

The Friends contribute to education with an annual grant to sponsor MA Scholars (History of Art) at the University of York. They also contribute financially to local school initiatives in partnership with the gallery such as ‘The L.S. Lowry Challenge’, and arts activities programmes an example being, ‘Family Saturdays’, to introduce children to ceramics, painting and the appreciation of the fine arts.

There is a broad arts-interest program of public talks led by Friends, Curators from the Gallery and invited speakers. Most of these talks are free to members, and the schedule is changing monthly and seasonally. A regular highlight is ‘The Gallery Dines Out’ luncheons held at the 14th century Bedern Hall in York. Visit the ‘Events’ page for more information about talks.

Very popular are the visits to other galleries, to artists’ studios, and farther afield to major exhibitions. Examples are: Walpole’s Old Master at Houghton Hall; the Parliamentary Art Collection in London; Ruskins home in the Lake District; Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. Going abroad, members have recently been on an art and history tour of Berlin!

The Friends of York Art Gallery has more than 900 subscribers, and we are keen to increase the membership. We keep in touch with Friends by quarterly mailings, newsletters and seasonal parties and, of course, this website. We hope that your tour today will excite your interest… We will be pleased to respond to any questions that you may have. The membership is great value for money!

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