The Friends of York Art Gallery welcome you!

A lively and active group with a passion for art, promoting York Art Gallery and supporting the cultural life of the City

Latest News

Our web posts and e-newsletters keep members up to date and provide informative articles for those with an interest in art and art-history

Upcoming Events

Our usual programme of events has been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis, but we hope to resume in 2021.


‘Photograph by Gareth Buddho’

Fostering the appreciation of Fine Art since 1948

The Friends enjoy an active programme of events, featuring art talks, exhibition previews, guided visits to galleries and collections, and trips away, both in the UK and overseas.

Silver Dollar, Edward Burra

‘Silver Dollar Bar’ by Edward Burra (1905-1976)

Helping York Art Gallery

Welcome to the Friends of York Art Gallery. We help the Gallery acquire and conserve works of art, and we aim to encourage the appreciation of Fine Arts in the City of York and its surrounding area. Founded in 1948, we are a registered charity coordinated by a committee of volunteers.

Each year the Friends sponsor a research project at the Gallery by a post graduate student from the History of Art Department at the University of York.

Become a Friend

Becoming a Friend is a great way to meet other like-minded people whilst at the same time supporting the Gallery, something that is of key importance at a time of reduced government and local authority funding. Enjoy the benefits of membership including free entry to York Art Gallery, discounts and free events.


Merete Rasmusson, Yellow Form

‘Yellow Form’ by Merete Rasmussen (1974-)