Ahead of York Art Gallery’s reopening on 1 August after an £8 million transformation, we have hosted two press trips to the impressive gallery. It will see an extension of 60% more exhibition space and the launch of the Centre of Ceramic Arts, displaying the largest collection of British Studio Ceramics in the world.
While showing a ‘world-class collection of ceramics’ (Mark Brown, The Guardian), the gallery is also displaying ambitious new commissions by Clare Twomey and Susie MacMurray, and works from its significant collection which includes Pablo Picasso, Grayson Perry, LS Lowry, David Hockney, Sarah Lucas and Paul Nash.
The public gallery is introducing a £7.50 entrance fee which is causing quite a stir. BBC Breakfast, The One O’clock News and Jonathan Jones from The Guardian all justified the gallery’s decision after its funds had been cut by 60% from the local council. The coverage has been incredibly positive, with reviews in The Times, The New York Times and more to come.
If you’re looking to do a weekend trip within the UK, the team highly recommends to pick York and visit the gallery!