Artwork of the Month – May 2020

Preparing for a Fancy Dress Ball, William Etty (1787 -1849). The painter most closely associated with the City of York is William Etty, whose statue stands outside the Art Gallery, and who is buried in St Olave’s Churchyard. Margaret May, a member of the...

Artwork of the Month – April 2020

Study for ‘Nameless and Friendless’ by Emily Mary Osborn (1828-1925). Dorothy Nott, a former Chair of the Friends,  writes about a remarkable small painting in the Gallery’s collection. ‘Nameless and Friendless’ was painted as a study for a larger...

Artwork of the Month: September

This month’s artwork is Albert Moore’s A Venus (1869). Marte Stinis, a PhD student at the University of York supervised by Professor Elizabeth Prettejohn, writes about one of the most important paintings in York Art Gallery, by the York-born Victorian artist...

Two new exhibitions at York Art Gallery

Two new exhibitions, Your Gallery: Paintings Chosen by You and Views of York and Yorkshire, open on 20 August 2020. Charles Martindale has been to the Preview: I have just been to the Art Gallery for the Preview of the two new shows. Both have strong connections with...

The Friends in Lockdown

In this piece written earlier in lockdown, Charles Martindale, Interim Chair, reflects on the importance of the Friends for the past and future of York Art Gallery. Click...
Painting of York Art Gallery by Jake Attree

Painting of York Art Gallery by Jake Attree

A Friend writes about a much-loved picture by a Yorkshire artist in her collection. My first impression of Jake’s painting of York Art Gallery was the unusual perspective. Where on earth had he positioned himself to capture this view? It looked as if he had been...
G.C. Procaccini: Life and Work – book notice

G.C. Procaccini: Life and Work – book notice

Peter Miller notes the publication of a major catalogue by a former curatorial assistant at York Art Gallery of an artist of whose work we have an outstanding example in the Gallery. Julio Cesare Procaccini: Life and Work, by Hugh Brigstocke and Odette D’Albo...
Investigating the life of York Artist, John Bell (1823-1881)

Investigating the life of York Artist, John Bell (1823-1881)

John Bell was an obscure York artist who, for a brief time, played a significant role in the cultural life of his home city. He helped organise the Yorkshire Fine Arts and Industrial Exhibition, which was held in the summer of 1866 in a temporary building in the...