Travel || York Art Gallery

The York Art Gallery is part of the York Museum Trust, and it’s located right around the corner from York Minster. It’s a small but lovely collection. The collection ranges from 14th-century paintings to contemporary, prints, watercolours, drawings, and ceramics. The ceramics exhibit was actually one of my favourites. It’s actually one of the largest collections of British studio ceramics in the UK. (And I wanted all the bowls). 

The permanent collection is upstairs, and the visiting exhibition space is in the downstairs gallery. When we were there, “Flesh” was on. The exhibit focused on a its namesake: flesh, and how artists depict both human and animal. It ranged from modern art, to performance pieces, to paintings by Rubens, Degas and Chardin. Because I’m a bit squeamish and can’t really handle seeing blood, I actually started to feel a bit lightheaded and woozy. Talk about art being affecting! (Flesh is in the space until the 19th of March so you only have a few more days to see it.) 

Next into the visiting space is “Albert Moore: Of Beauty & Aesthetics” with its focus on paintings and watercolours.  After that is “Ceramics of the Attenborough Collection” including pieces by Picasso.

The gallery is open every day from 10am-5pm. Adult tickets are £7.50 and children are free. However, if you’re a York resident, you can get a YMT card for £11 and it gets you into all three York Museum Trust properties for free for a whole year. 

This is the face I make when faced by a piece of modern art that I’m not particularly thrilled by. 

Inside “Flesh”.

The gallery is located at: Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW 

Have you visited the York Art Gallery before? 

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  • Dude, I’m not surprised you felt a little faint #urgh

  • Mmm interesting to see i guess, but also a bit gross! Modern art can be so weird! Alice xxx


    • Haha totally! I used to try to go see all the new collections at the Saatchi in London and some were so brilliant and some were either super “meh” or just insanely odd! x

  • Never been to York Art Gallery – I like the building and look of the permanent collection. ‘Flesh’ looks like an exhibition not for the fainthearted 🙂


    • Definitely not for the faint hearted! It sends soon though so I’m excited for the next exhibit to be in the space! x

  • Wow, this place looks awesome! I swear I’ve already scoped out the worthwhile galleries in my area, I’d to love visit some in other countries one day 😍


  • How did I miss this when I was in York?? The place looks wonderful, but I don’t think I’d enjoy ‘Flesh’ exhibition. x

    • It’s a tiny bit tucked away (towards the left of the Minster.) I’m excited to see the next visiting exhibit, since “Flesh” was a bit much for me. However, the permanent collection upstairs really is lovely! x

  • Miu

    Hahaha, when I am in museums and there are pieces exhibited for everyday use like pottery or jewellery or even just pictures and paintings, my mind goes like, Oh that would be so lovely! I would totally wear that! I want that for my living room 😀

  • Yeah… “Flesh” might not be my cup of tea, either…

    • I was just way to squeamish for it. It’s been taken down now and they new exhibit opens in a few weeks and so I’ll be excited to potentially enjoy it a bit more. x