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'Art in the Park' - local artists' work will be on display. The brief was "Rowntree Park shown through a decade/art style of the last 100 years".

Happy Birthday Rowntree Park! It was on the 16th of July 1921 that the people of York were gifted the park by the Rowntree family. The park is a memorial park, a peace park and York’s first municipal park.
Sean Durki

Sean Durkin: Art For All!
20 May - 5 June 2022
Venue: York Fine Arts
York Fine Arts is very pleased to present ‘Sean Durkin: Art for All!’, its first ever solo exhibition of original paintings by contemporary British artist Sean Durkin. Steeped in the grit and humour of England’s industrial past and the proud working people who raised its foundations, Sean’s paintings brim with stories too often untold. Shining a light on people and places frequently overlooked, this exclusive collection of work proudly declares and asserts the egalitarian nature of fine art, justly placing its myriad pleasures back into the hands of all.
Filled with entwining narratives and playful feats of irony, Sean’s paintings are comical yet grounded in the realities of industrial life. Seas of ‘matchstick people’ trudge through worlds of imposing, brutalist shapes while mischief-making characters and their foils bring a light-hearted nature to an otherwise forbidding and minimally coloured world. In combining these subtle contrasts and striking compositions, Sean coaxes viewers to look closer and to contemplate the lives of the people held within.
Sean’s work echoes the now infamous tale of how as a small boy, he once came face to face with a stolen L.S Lowry painting on his very own mantlepiece. Taken by his father from the local gallery the night before, the painting was held ransom in the family home with a letter of conditions for its safe return. Among a host of light-hearted stipulations, including the installation of a better gallery alarm system and the raffling of the Lord Mayor’s underpants for charity, Sean’s father demanded that the art gallery open on a Sunday, so that the working man had leisure to visit. It may have been a sensational stunt, but the message, like that of Sean’s work, was clear: Art is for all.
As an artist whose work so powerfully celebrates community and collective memory, it is no coincidence that the exhibition closes with the crescendo of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. In honour of this momentous occasion, York Fine Arts has specially commissioned a large centrepiece for the show to be unveiled on the Jubilee weekend. Gallery Director Philip Short says, “Sean masterfully resurrects and celebrates tales of British heritage with wit, warmth and a generous sense of community pride. Given the style and spirit of his work, I can truly think of no better painter to mark such an exciting milestone in modern British history.”
From the earliest days of his career, Sean Durkin has captivated the art world with his atmospheric scenes of working life and intriguing character portraits. Having gained a loyal and ever-growing following, his work has become some of the most popular and sought-after contemporary art collected in the UK today, highly prized by his collectors. With paintings now hanging in public and private collections across the country, it is with delicious irony that Sean’s work is now displayed in the prestigious Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, next to the very L.S. Lowry painting his father stole all those years ago.
The exhibition opens at York Fine Arts on Friday, 20th of May and runs until Sunday, 5th of June. Due to an expected high volume of interest, we recommend an early viewing to avoid disappointment. Preview catalogues will also be available upon request.

For press enquiries or high-resolution images, please telephone Kirsty Maclennan on 01904 634221 or email info@yorkfinearts.co.uk.
York Fine Arts. 83 Low Petergate, York YO1 7HY
www.yorkfinearts.co.uk
Gentleman Jack



Paintings & Drawings From 'Gentleman Jack'
26 May - 3 July 2022
Venue: Kentmere House Gallery
Original drawings in pastel & charcoal based on the characters & locations in the 'Gentleman Jack' series, by West Yorkshire artist David Greenwood.

Kentmere House Gallery
53 Scarcroft Hill, York, YO24 1DF
01904 656507 07801 810825
ann@kentmerehouse.co.uk
www.kentmerehouse.co.uk
Twitter @Kentmere_H_Gall
Kentmere House Gallery
A Celebration Of Stitch

A Celebration Of Stitch
Friday 24 - Sunday 26 June 2022
Venue: Tithe Barn Nether Poppleton YO26 6LF
York Embroiderers & Stitchers invite you to their exhibition - A Celebration of Stitch - at the Tithe Barn in Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6LF.  You'll be able to see traditional and contemporary embroidery featuring work on a theme of hedgerows and lots more.

Friday 24 June 2022 & Saturday 25 June 2022 - 10.00 to 16:30
Sunday 26 June 2022 - 10:00 to 16:00
Admission is free. There will be tea and cakes, sales stands, free parking and disabled access.
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Inspired York artists

Inspired York artists and designer makers Summer Show
Saturday 16 - Sunday 17 July 2022
York Cemetery, Cemetery Road, York YO10 5AJ
The "Inspired" group of York artists and designer-makers invite you to their Summer Selling Exhibition. There are ten wonderful exhibitors this year, with a wide range of skills, giving you the chance to see an amazing variety of work.
Collage, furniture, jewellery, painting, as well as photomontage, pottery, printmaking and textiles. We have it all!
Come and meet the artists in this beautiful chapel building, with its brand new visitor centre, and follow it by a wander in the green oasis of the cemetery grounds.
Sat 16th July 10 am -5pm
Sun 17th July 10 am- 5pm

Poppleton Artists 21st Exhibition And Sale
Saturday 27 - Monday 29 August 2022
Venue: Poppleton Tithe Barn
You will be very welcome at our 21st Annual Art Exhibition in the beautiful Tithe Barn. It will run over 3 days during the August Bank Holiday weekend, Sat 27th Sun 28th and Mon 29th August 2022
It’s a wonderful opportunity for local artists to show their work and for us all to go along to admire and enjoy it. All original art work. You may find a piece you love and want to take home with you. You’ll also find lots of cards and delicious refreshments. We look forward to
seeing you.

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