York Art Gallery
York, Yorkshire YO1 7EW United Kingdom 01904 687687 http://www.yorkartgallery.org.uk/
York City Art Gallery
York Art Gallery underwent a major redevelopment prior to it’s grand reopening on 1 August 2015. It increased the gallery’s display space by 60%.
York Art Gallery’s collection of paintings spans more than 600 years and works range from 14th-century Italian panels and 17th-century Dutch masterpieces to Victorian narrative paintings and 20th-century works by LS Lowry and David Hockney.
The building which houses the gallery opened its doors to the public in 1879 for the second Yorkshire Fine Art and Industrial Exhibition, inspired by the Great Exhibition in London of 1851. In 1892 it became the City Art Gallery and looks out over Exhibition Square whose centrepiece is a statue of York artist William Etty, erected in 1911. York Art Gallery holds the largest collection of work by Etty and in 2011 held the first major exhibition of his work for 50 years, showing many of these paintings and sketches alongside loans from other major galleries.
Centre of Ceramic Art
York Gallery’s collection of British studio ceramics is one of the most extensive in the UK, thanks to the acquisition of collections from Dean Milner–White, WA Ismay and Henry Rothschild and the recent long-term loan of Anthony Shaw’s collection. These are displayed in the Centre of Ceramic Art. Containing the work of over 600 artists and in excess of 5,500 objects, CoCA continues to grow through gifts, bequests and purchases.