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The Birdcage by Barbara SM Smith

Artwork of the Month April 2022 Peter Gibbard, formerly Chair of the Friends, writes about a little-known woman artist, an example of whose work is included in the exhibition Beyond Bloomsbury: Life, Love & Legacy held in York Art Gallery in 2022.   The Life...

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Curator Q&A: Peter Trippi

This month we introduce Peter Trippi, former Director of Dahesh Museum of Art, New York, in conversation with Judith Glover, former Secretary of the Friends.

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The Groves Quartet

Artwork of the Month for September 2021 has been chosen by Peter Gibbard, former Chair of the Friends. The painting, dated 1854, is by a little-known artist, Ann Beaumont, the earliest woman artist to feature in the Gallery's collection. The painting depicts the...

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H.19 (Canticle) by John Golding

Artwork of the Month for August 2121 is a 20th-century abstract painting from York Art Gallery's collection. Intriguingly titled H. 19 (Canticle), the work is by the artist John Golding (1929-2012), who was also an art historian, curator, and educator. Professor...

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The Lamp by Amy B Atkinson

Peter Gibbard, former Chair of the Friends of York Art Gallery, has chosen an evocative study of the use of light as his Artwork of the Month. 'The Lamp' is an oil painting by a little-known woman artist, Amy Beatrice Atkinson (1859-1816),  who led an interesting life...

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Grace England: MA student bursary report

Each year the Friends sponsor an internship at York Art Gallery for an MA student in the History of Art, University of York, to research an aspect of the collection. The most recent bursary was awarded to  Grace England whose research adds greatly to our understanding...

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Early history of York School of Design

Simon Spier, a former bursary student of the Friends, has recently published research into the early history of York School of Design. Established in 1842, the school was one of the first provincial branches of the Government School of Design which was set up with the...

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Portrait by Parmigianino

The Portrait of a Young Man with a Book by Parmigianino is our Artwork of the Month for May 2021. The painting is a treasure of the Gallery's collection and a significant example of the work of this great artist. It is also a personal favourite of Anne Hall, a...

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