What's On - Art & Exhibitions
They say a picture tells a thousand words – but which ones? Drawing from a largely unseen collection of posters from the mining industry, Say it Loud investigates the devices used by poster designers – including their use of colour, imagery, typography, shock, humour and persuasion – to better understand how and why art speaks to us.
For every British and Empire soldier killed during the First World War, eight survived. What did they go home to? And what did society expect of them? Using the personal stories of Green Howards soldiers, this exhibition explores the pivotal post-war years for soldiers in Yorkshire, amid a shifting political and social landscape, in a fitting tribute to the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Explore the role of magic in the lives of people that lived in the Middle Ages in this enchanting exhibition, which investigates those accused of witchcraft, the ‘science’ of medieval alchemy and the prophecies of the future that really came true. There’s a bewitching programme of family-friendly activities – so whether you want to brew your own potion, craft your own wand or ward off evil spirits with your own charms, you can get straight down to (spell) work.
A wonderful collection of contemporary ceramics, wood and works in mixed media are given a platform (proverbially and literally) here – each piece mounted on a block – in a showcase of some of the best contemporary craft makers in the UK today.
Cézanne’s ground-breaking approach to painting led to him being considered as ‘the father of modern art’ – his famous series of peasant card players have long been considered to be among his most powerful paintings, and this canvas is an acknowledged highlight.
Can you imagine looking into the face of someone who was alive in the 17th century? Human remains found in Durham (which are over 300 years old) have been identified and reconstructed in this exhibition at the Palace Green Library – bringing forgotten local figures back to life.
In his largest solo exhibition to date, textile artist Mister Finch will showcase more than 75 individual soft animal sculptures – made with a masterful combination of up-cycled and new materials, from discarded wire and wood, to vintage tapestries, tablecloths and antique silverware – in a menagerie inspired by British folklore and Yorkshire wildlife.
It’s a maxim that’s continually proven to be true: behind every good man is a woman. And in the confectionery industry, it’s no different. Women, often in unsung roles, shaped the sweet industry into what it has become today, and this exhibition celebrates their involvement.
This new exhibition, in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, showcases a number of portraits of influential women who have made a contribution to art and culture, from Amy Winehouse through to Judi Dench (and not forgetting JK Rowling).
This exhibition captures the way in which Henry Moore constantly refined his technique to create ever-more impressive sculptural work – items that would make his name and reputation. More than 30 sculptures, dating back to the 1920s, are on display here.
Kentmere House Gallery’s contribution to the Bloom! Festival in York – a citywide celebration of all things horticulture – is an incredible exhibition of original paintings, prints, ceramics and small sculptures that celebrate the privately-owned Yorkshire gardens that are opening across the summer in aid of charity.
Through this exciting collaboration with the 2017 Art Fund Museum of the Year, contemporary artist Giles Round will respond to the legacy Thomas Chippendale left behind as an interior designer by exploring how artists influence interiors – displaying a selection of contemporary artworks in Nostell's historic rooms.
Val Hunt's educational exhibition aims to raise awareness of endangered species while, at the same time, promoting creative recycling – with an exhibition that features sculptures of extinct or endangered animals made exclusively from throw-away materials.
Offering a rare insight into his experience of the world he grew up in, Sheffield-born artist Pete McKee seeks to explore and celebrate the pride, tenacity, hope, fight, passion and resourcefulness of the working class in his latest collaborative multimedia exhibition – which also features work by several other artists, film makers, writers and photographers.
The Station’s popular open exhibition and art sale returns for 2018. A Spot On The Wall showcases an ever-changing display of work from amateur and professional artists, including painting, photography, sculpture, and craft in cabinets. Once each piece sells, it’s immediately replaced with another.
One of the friendliest festivals in the calendar, this summer will see villagers across the beautiful seaside village of Staithes open their doors to the public – as cottages, churches and village squares are transformed into temporary art galleries. Trek through a rural maze of art, or enjoy the range of guided walks, talks, special exhibitions, concerts, outdoor cinema shows and workshops on offer, all specially designed to celebrate Staithes’ unique cultural heritage.
Ceramicist Ilona Sulikova joins forces with painter and printmaker Penny Kealey for this exhibition at Gallery 49 – where large, raku-fired vessels, meticulously decorated with intricate geometric patterns, will sit alongside stunning paintings, etchings and woodcuts.