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Michael Lyons: Ancient And Modern
📅 25 May 2019 - 3 April 2020
York Art Gallery
Large scale sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist Michael Lyons will be displayed in a major new outside exhibition in York this spring.
Ancient and Modern will include nine sculptures inspired by nature, myth and ancient cultures. Based in nearby Cawood, this is Lyons’ first major exhibition in York.
They will be displayed in the unique setting of York Art Gallery’s Artists Garden, with the central space dominated by Amphitrite (1993), a large painted steel structure.
Becky Gee, curator of art at York Art Gallery, said: “Michael Lyons has shown his incredible work around the world and in some of the most respected art institutions here in the UK, but not on this scale in his home city before.
“His works will bring a new dimension to the setting of The Artists Garden, complementing and contrasting with the ancient walls of St Mary’s Abbey and the more rustic landscapes of the Edible Wood.
“Amphitrite is one of Lyons’ most ambitious creations and we hope it will excite and spark debate for those who come to see it as they explore this wonderful corner of the city centre.”
Michael said: “‘To my knowledge this is the first time such a large exhibition of outdoor sculpture has been shown in York – certainly for many years. It is a great pleasure to make a contribution to the cultural life of York in this way and I hope that the exhibition will help to make sculpture a more integral part of the city.”

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Harland Miller

Harland Miller: York, So Good They Named It Once
14 February - 31 May 2020
York Art Gallery
York Art Gallery presents Miller’s largest solo exhibition to date.

York Art Gallery presents Harland Miller’s (b. York, 1964) largest solo exhibition to date. Featuring both new and existing works, the show includes perhaps Miller’s best-known series; the ‘Penguin Book Covers’ and the ‘Pelican Bad Weather Paintings’. These works directly refer to the artist’s relationship to York, the city in which he grew up, as well as making wider references to the culture and geography of Yorkshire as a whole. In addition to these dust jacket paintings, the artist shows works from his recent ‘Letter Painting’ series; canvases made up of overlaid letters to form short words or acronyms in a format inspired by the illuminated letters of medieval manuscripts.

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Harland Miller: York, So Good They Named It Once
📅 14 February - 31 May 2020
York Art Gallery
Harland Miller: York, So Good They Named It Once will feature some of Miller’s best-known works alongside new paintings created especially for the exhibition.

These include his renowned ‘Penguin Book Covers’, inspired by the dust jackets of volumes from the 1950s and 1960s, and the ‘Pelican Bad Weather Paintings’ which evoke the culture and geography of Yorkshire as a whole.

The displays will include more than thirty works shown over three galleries and explore Miller’s formative years growing up in Yorkshire in the 1970s, which he cites as key to his artistic development.

Becky Gee, curator of fine art at York Art Gallery, said: “We are thrilled Harland has chosen to host such a personal mid-career retrospective here with us in his home city. Harland states that his Yorkshire roots continue to exert a strong influence on his work, and a tragicomic connection to place can be seen through this brilliant collection of paintings which celebrate his relationship to the city and county of his upbringing.”

Miller said, “I grew up in Yorkshire in the seventies – during the miners’ strike and the reign of the Yorkshire Ripper – and looking back, these times seemed quite dark, quite literally when you had the power cuts too. Though it never really struck you as a kid why, instead of watching telly, you were suddenly playing Monopoly by candle light with your family. It did bring people together though – as a family that is the only thing I remember us doing together.

It’s an honour to return to my hometown and show my work at York Art Gallery. I think it is true of most artists, that whatever success they’ve achieved in the wider world, the significance of having that recognised in their hometown or city is totally unique. There is both a historical and emotional context which simply isn’t present and cannot be manufactured for any other exhibition.”

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Prop Making, Characters From The Snail & The Whale
Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 February 2020
York Art Gallery
Sessions: 11:00am- 1pm & 2pm- 4pm

Join our prop making workshops where we will be inspired by characters from the Snail and the Whale. Why not come back during the week with your hand made prop to play the part of one of the characters in our interactive storytelling sessions held Monday to Friday. Enjoy our week day storytelling sessions based on the Snail and the Whale surrounded by our Coast to Coast sea images! Perfect for snails with itchy feet!

Free family friendly drop in work shop. All material included. Gallery admission applies.
Prop Making Characters From The Snail & The Whale
Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 February 2020
York Art Gallery
Sessions: 11:00am- 1pm & 2pm- 4pm
Join our prop making workshops where we will be inspired by characters from the Snail and the Whale. Why not come back during the week with your hand made prop to play the part of one of the characters in our interactive storytelling sessions held Monday to Friday. Enjoy our week day storytelling sessions based on the Snail and the Whale surrounded by our Coast to Coast sea images! Perfect for snails with itchy feet!
Free family friendly drop in work shop. All material included. Gallery admission applies.
Interactive Storytelling, The Snail & The Whale
Monday 17 - Friday 21 February 2020
York Art Gallery
Sessons: 10:45am-1pm & 2pm-4pm

Join explorer Sailor Sally as she tells this heart- warming adventure, based on Julia Donaldson much loved picture book, The Snail and the Whale.
At the end of the storytelling there will be the opportunity to stay and play, meeting the characters and perhaps creating your own adventure! So why not come and enjoy our week day interactive storytelling sessions surrounded by our Coast to Coast sea images in the Upper North Gallery. Perfect for snails with itchy feet!

For story lovers aged 3+ and their families. Free drop in. Gallery admission applies.
Painted Pebbles-ART ROCKS!
Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 February 2020
York Art Gallery
Sessions: 11:00am- 1pm & 2pm- 4pm
In celebration of the last weekend of our Coast to Coast exhibition, join us in these free Family Friendly drop in sessions in the learning studio. Decorate your own beach pebble in this creative activity suitable for both adults and children, and discover that ART ROCKS!

All material included. Gallery admission applies.
Monsters In The Making…
29 February - 1 March 2020
York Art Gallery
Monsters in the making… join us for a series of Monster Making workshops on weekends up to the 22 March. Look out for the extra special Golden Monster!

Sessions: 11:00 am- 1pm & 2 pm- 4 pm

There’s a mini monster! Where? There! WHERE? In the artist garden….
This activity offers the excitement of discovering a monster hidden in the Artist Garden, and the opportunity to create your own individual narratives and a 3D friend for your found monster. Be encouraged to develop stories and make your own clay creation back in the Learning Studio. Where did you spot your monster? Did you take a photo of them? What do they look like? What do they like to eat? Is your Monster good at art? Is that why they were in the artist garden or perhaps they like to sit and look at the shapes in clouds/a day dreamer?

Free family friendly drop in work shop. All material included. Gallery admission applies.

Whacky And Wonderful
Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 March 2020
York Art Gallery
Sessons: 11:00am-1pm & 2pm-4pm
Create whacky and wonderful textured creations using air drying clay and combinations of everyday materials in this family friendly workshop inspired by Gillian Lowndes. One of the most unusual things about Gillian Lowndes work is the different materials she uses. She called herself a "materials-driven artist" and she experimented with lots of new techniques and ways of working with clay, often including other types of materials and ‘found’ objects in her work. Why not come along and be inspired!

Free family friendly drop in work shop. All material included. Gallery admission applies.
Junk Monster
Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 March 2020
York Art Gallery
Sessions: 11:00am-1pm & 2pm-4pm

Using a wide variety of recycling materials let your imaginations fly and cut and glue egg boxes and kitchen roll tubes together to create your own unique monster body. Decorate and add monster features using the googly eyes-don’t forget to give your monster a name!

Free family friendly drop in work shop. All material included. Gallery admission applies.
Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years
📅 12 June - 20 September 2020
York Art Gallery
A major new exhibition featuring the earliest works and “lost pots” off one of Britain’s most well known artists is coming to York next summer.
Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years will be showcased from 12 June - 20 September 2020 at the Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA).
The touring exhibition, developed by the Holburne Museum in Bath, is the first to celebrate Grayson Perry’s earliest forays into the art world and will re-introduce the explosive and creative works he made between 1982 and 1994.
The remarkable 70 works included in the exhibition have been crowd-sourced following a national public appeal. These ‘lost’ pots will be on display together for the first time since they were made.

Dr Helen Walsh, curator of ceramics, said: “We are delighted to be showcasing the ground-breaking early works of such a renowned and influential artist.
“It is fascinating to see how his craft has progressed and evolved since he began working as an artist. His early ceramic works show that the distinctive style, themes and characters have always been central in his decoration.
“To be able to bring these works together for public display, many of which are usually hidden away in private collections, is absolutely thrilling.
“We are very much looking forward to seeing Grayson Perry’s ceramic works displayed in the beautiful Centre of Ceramic Art at York Art Gallery alongside our own collection of Britsih Studio Ceramics.”


Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years

The exhibition will shine a light on Perry’s experimentation and exploration of the potential of pottery to address radical issues and human stories. For art lovers, Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years represents a unique opportunity to enjoy the artist’s clever, playful and politically-engaged perspective on the world through a number of pieces, many of which have not been seen in public since they were first exhibited. Often challenging and explicit, these works reveal the early development of Perry’s distinctive voice that has established him as one of the most compelling commentators on contemporary society.
Explaining how the exhibition came together, its Curator Catrin Jones said: ‘When we proposed the exhibition, Grayson responded really positively because, he said, “no one knows where those works are”. So, we asked the public and were absolutely overwhelmed by the response. What followed was an extraordinary process of rediscovery as we were contacted by collectors, enthusiasts and friends, who collectively held over 150 of his early works. Our first task was processing photos of the wonderful pots, plates and drawings which arrived in our inbox, and asking all sorts of questions about the works and where they came from. We logged all the pottery marks and provenance information, as well as the wonderful stories of how their owner came to have a genuine Grayson Perry.’
Catrin and her team then sat down with Perry to look through the extraordinary and varied selection of artworks and it was during this process that Grayson remarked that seeing the works again was a powerful reminder of his “pre-therapy years.”
The exhibition begins with Perry’s early collaged sketchbooks, experimental films and sculptures, capturing his move into using ceramics as his primary medium. From his first plate, Kinky Sex (1983), to his early vases made in the mid-80s, Perry riffed on British vernacular traditions to create a language of his own. The themes of his later work - fetishism, gender, class, his home county of Essex, and the vagaries of the art world - appear in works of explosive energy. Although the majority of his output consisted of vases and plates, Perry’s early experiments with form demonstrate the variety of shapes he produced: Toby jugs, perfume bottles, porringers, funeral urns and gargoyle heads.
Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years begins in 1982, when Perry was first working as an artist and then charts his progress to the mid-90s, when he became established in the mainstream London art scene. The exhibition provides a snapshot of a very British time and place, and reveals the transition of Grayson’s style from playful riffs on historic art, such as old Staffordshire pottery, along with crowns (the mixed-media Crown of Penii, 1982) and thrones (Saint Diana, let them eat shit, 1984 – inspired by his fascination with Princess Diana) into a style that is patently his own: plates and vases rich with detail that tell tales of our times and experiences, such as 1989’s Cocktail Party.
Much of the iconography of Perry’s output has an angry, post-punk, deeply ironic leaning, combining cosy imagery with shocking sexual or political content.
Many of the works displayed in the Pre-Therapy Years tell a very personal story, particularly in the evolution of Claire, who first appeared in the early 80’s inspired by such powerful women as television newsreaders and Princess Diana, rather than the exuberant child-like figure Perry created after her ‘coming out’ party in 2000.
Accompanying the remarkable rediscovery of Perry’s artworks, The Holburne Museum will illustrate the exhibition with photos and snapshots of the era, again sharing hitherto unseen glimpses of Perry as he journeyed from angry, ironic young artist to one of British art’s best-loved figures.
After completing his art degree at Portsmouth in 1982, Perry moved to London and lived in a Camden squat with Marilyn and the Welsh conceptual artist, Cerith Wyn Evans, collectively enjoying creative freedom while sharing limited resources. During these early years, Grayson encountered the Neo Naturists, a group of freewheeling performance artists, whose visual and creative approach would have a profound impact.

Grayson Perry notes, “This show has been such a joy to put together, I am really looking forward to seeing these early works again many of which I have not seen since the eighties. It is as near as I will ever get to meeting myself as a young man, an angrier, priapic me with huge energy but a much smaller wardrobe.”

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