Alfred Wolmark by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

The bust of Alfred Wolmark by Henri Gaudier-Brzeskaby attracts the attention of visitors to the Burton Gallery at York Art Gallery, but who was he, and why was he sculpted by Gaudier-Brzeskaby? Dorothy Nott investigates the background to this exceptionally striking...

Ann Stokes, Potter (1922-2014)

The CoCA collection at York Art Gallery includes four ceramic pieces by Ann Stokes – The White Wall Mounted Swan, The Trigger Fish Serving Platter, the Globe Fish, and the Swan Looking Glass. Hannah Savage, a member of York Art Gallery’s Visitor Experience Team,...

Artwork of the Month – August 2020

Liverpool Docks at Night by John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893). Charles Martindale discusses this important new acquisition by the Gallery. Click Here Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893), Liverpool Docks at Night, 1870s, oil on canvas. York Museums...

Q&A: Helen Whittaker, Barley Studio

Helen Whittaker, stained glass artist and sculptor, is Creative Director at Barley Studio, Dunnington, York. Here, in dialogue with Judith Glover, she talks about her artistic practice and creative influences. Click...

Art as Therapy

Art galleries normally organize their hangs on chronological, historical, or thematic principles, and the labels which guide our looking follow established art-historical priorities and help to determine our response. Ronald Clayton, a members of the Friends comittee,...

Artwork of the Month – July 2020

Egyptian Head Disappearing into Descending Clouds (1961) by David Hockney Peter Miller, President of the Friends, writes about this preparatory oil sketch by David Hockney, which was acquired by the Gallery in 1999, with financial support from the Friends. Click...

Dudley Holland: The Artist and the Man

Dr Richard Keesing, who has a long association with the Friends, writes with great enthusiasm about the life and works of a favourite painter of his, Dudley Holland (1915-1956), who for a short time was Principal of York Art School. The Gallery has a fine example of...

Q&A: Lesley Birch

Lesley Birch, York-based painter, discusses her work and influences Click...

The Portrait of Monsignor Agucchi in York Art Gallery

This essay, by Charles Martindale, Interim Chair of the Friends, is concerned with a painting in the Gallery, The Portrait of Monsignor Agucchi, but it broadens out into discussion of some more general issues: problems of attribution; changing tastes; and the nature...

Q&A: Jake Attree

Jake Attree, an artist based in Yorkshire, discusses his work Click...