The Friends of York Art Gallery Welcome You!

The Friends of York Art Gallery was 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.

Alongside their annual membership subscription, the Friends also organise an active events programme with a number of trips away, social luncheons, occasional art sales, and talks and tours to help raise funds for the gallery.

With over 900 existing members, the Friends are a growing group and always looking to welcome new members.

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