Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park

A coach trip from York to the Hepworth Art Gallery in Wakefield and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. After exploring the galleries at the Hepworth, there will be time for a (self-funded) lunch at the Scupture Park followed by a guided tour of some of the most significant...

Open Gardens of Heslington

An opportunity to visit 5-6 small, private gardens in Heslington, mostly maintained by Friends of York Art Gallery. Explore the character of this small village, which retains its rural character despite being within the orbit of the University of York campus....

Behind the Scenes at Fairfax House

A bespoke tour of Fairfax House with Dr Sarah Burnage. With reference to the current concern about what and what not to display in galleries, discussion will focus on items, particularly pictures, which are on display and some which are not. There will also be a...

Wentworth Woodhouse Centaurs

Peter Brown, formerly Director of Fairfax House, York, writes about two beautiful sculptures in the Gallery’s collection, the Wentworth Woodhouse Centaurs. Almost certainly the work of Bartolomeo Cavaceppi, they were acquired by the Marquis of Rockingham in 1761...

Gulliver and the Houyhnhnms

This month’s chosen artwork is ‘Gulliver reprimanded and silenced by his master when describing the horrors of war’ by Sawrey Gilpin (1733-1807) The Friends’ Secretary Benjamin Hilliam, describes how the artist’s interest in animal welfare and...

Q&A: Alison Taylor seascape photographer

Alison Taylor is a seascape photographer and Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, whose work creates dramatic images of the Yorkshire coast. Here she is in conversation with Judith Glover, a former secretary of the Friends.   Click...

Kimono by Philip Wilson Steer

This month’s chosen artwork is The Kimono (1894) by Philip Wilson Steer. Helena Cox, who is Curator at Beverley Art Gallery and currently completing a Doctorate at the University of York, discusses this small masterpiece, setting it in the context of Japonism,...

Portrait of a young man, 1556

November’s Artwork of the Month has been chosen by Jeanne Nuechterlein, Reader in History of Art at the University of York, and member of the FYAG committee. This intriguing portrait of a young man, painted in 1556, featured in the exhibition  ‘Making a...

Portrait of Henry Baines, Botanist of York

The portrait of Henry Baines, the botanist and creator of York’s Museum Gardens, was painted in 1874 by the Yorkshire artist Thomas Banks (1828-1896). Its recent conservation has been fully funded by the Friends of York Art Gallery. Peter Hogarth, a member of...