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

Monet in York

A programme of events organised by the Gallery and centred on Monet’s ‘The Water-Lily Pond’  continues with a talk by Professor Michael White on Thursday 30 May at 2pm.

Join Us

Help support York Art Gallery by joining the Friends

and enjoy free entry to the Gallery

Make a Donation

Help us to support the Gallery by making a donation today!

‘Photograph by Gareth Buddo @ Furmoto’

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)

How we help York Art Gallery

Purchasing new artworks – over the last 75 years we have wholly funded or contributed to funding for over 100 artworks, including some of the most important and popular works in the Gallery (our most recent significant purchase, from a legacy, was Laura Knight’s Early Morning in a Gypsy Camp).

Funding the conservation and restoration of artworks in the collection – this has allowed a number of works to be exhibited for the first time.

Funding special projects, including raising the funds for the new picture store in the Gallery, and, most recently, paying for a major relighting of the Burton Gallery.

Enhancing an understanding of the collection with events and talks, and the co-sponsorship annually, with the Department of History of Art at the University of York, of an MA student with an intership at the Gallery.

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. The benefits of membership include access to our events programme, and free entry to both temporary and permanent exhibitions.


Merete Rasmusson, Yellow Form

‘Yellow Form’ by Merete Rasmussen (1974-)