The Friends of York Art Gallery Welcome You!
We do hope that you will enjoy this website. 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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