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  • sarahlucasnud4

    ‘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- )



  • Lumber Room Jug By Emily Sutton - Acquired 2016

    Lumber Room Jug
    By Emily Sutton – Acquired 2016



  • The Lumber Room - Noah's Ark By Emily Sutton - Acquired 2016

    The Lumber Room – Noah’s Ark
    By Emily Sutton – Acquired 2016



  • Twelve Apostles:

    Twelve Apostles: 2015
    By Loretta Braganza
    Acquired 2016


The Friends of York Art Gallery were established in 1948 with the aim of creating a lively interest group with a passion for art, and to establish and maintain a fund to support the gallery’s work.

Today, the Friends play an important role in helping York Art Gallery achieve its acquisition targets by making grants for the purchase of works of art, conservation, and education, as well as helping to fund the gallery in other regards. An annual grant is made to sponsor MA Scholars (History of Art) at the University of York. Copies of the Scholars’ annual reports to the Friends on their research can be seen on the Education page.

The Friends organise an active events programme with a number of local, national and overseas trips, and talks and tours to help raise funds for the gallery.

With over 800 existing members, the Friends is a growing group and always looking to welcome new members.

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