History of The Friends of York Art Gallery

The Friends of York Art Gallery was founded in 1948 and made its first contribution the following year with the purchase of ‘Samson and Delilah’ (1642) by Pieter Soutman for £160. In the following decades the Friends have contributed in excess of £600,000 to the acquisition of more than 150 works of art. These include paintings, drawings, photography, film, sculpture and ceramics, and the conservation or restoration of a wide variety of works in the Gallery collection. A selection of the art to which the Friends have contributed appears on the Acquisitions page.

The story of the Friends’ remarkable contribution to the cultural life of the City of York can be found in ‘The Friends of York Art Gallery: A Brief History’ by Sarah Sheils. Copies are available at the Gallery Shop or via the Friends of York Art Gallery, York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW

Evelyn Award 2017

The Evelyn award was established in memory of Dr. Evelyn (1860-1935), an avid collector of images of York by artists of local and national repute. There were 13 annual awards up until the early 1960’s, with recipients including John Piper and L. S. Lowry.

In 2016 The Friends received a generous donation from a local York family which enabled curators at York Art Gallery to invite proposals from artists for the Evelyn Award. The 2017 award went to Marinella Senatore, an Italian visual artist, for her proposal ‘CITY SYMPHONY’, which was performed at York Art Gallery in 2018.

For background information on Marinella Senatore and her work, visit www.marinella-senatore.com .