Welcome to the Arts of Yorkshire. Yorkshire art comprises a confident and creative spirit that can be witnessed across the diverse range of art galleries, craft centres, theatres and museums. From the mighty sculptures set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, to quaint independent art galleries in our market towns and cool exhibition spaces in the urban centres. There's a visual feast just waiting to be discovered.
With regional theatres, arts organisations, ballet, opera, contemporary dance acts and award-winning productions, make your choice, sit back and enjoy one of Yorkshire's legendary shows.
Yorkshire has a vibrant network of galleries with many free exciting programmes of contemporary art exhibitions, talks, film screenings and other events. Some of the venues are large and easy to find, others a bit off the beaten track.
Enjoy exploring the Arts of Yorkshire and get ready to admire art, craft, film, sculptures and other art forms in fantastic locations.
Arts of Yorkshire 2012
The Bowes Museum - Surrounded by tranquil gardens and parkland in the historic market town of Barnard Castle, The Bowes Museum is a unique cultural icon. This French-style chateau is one of the most important museums outside London, its wonderful history and outstanding treasures having provided inspiration and entertainment since 1892. Today, the designated collection includes some of the best examples of European fine and decorative arts in the UK, including works by Goya, El Greco and Canaletto.
Ashley Jackson Gallery - An extremely distinctive and illustrious life in the world of art. Since Ashley Jackson opened his gallery back in 1963, he has become one of the country's leading and most successful landscape watercolourists. The Gallery is a welcoming and vibrant place, creating a perfect viewing platform for the dynamic and passionate Ashley Jackson watercolour collection of postcards, prints, limited editions and originals.
Harewood House - Harewood House, family seat of the Earl and Countess of Harewood, sits in spectacular landscapes at the heart of Yorkshire. One of the treasure houses of England, the House was built in the 18th century and boasts outstanding art collections, splendid State Rooms and fascinating ‘Below Stairs' exhibition. Renowned for its stunning architecture and exquisite Adam interiors, containing a rich collection of Chippendale furniture, fine porcelain and outstanding art collections, Harewood is just as much about today as it is about history. There are exhibitions of contemporary art, an award-winning educational department, a renowned Bird Garden and children's Adventure Playground.
Art in Yorkshire Goes Modern - A celebration of modern and contemporary art in 27 galleries throguhout Yorkshire in 2012.
York Minster - From the world's greatest treasures to the smallest curiosities, York Minster is one of the world's most magnificent cathedrals with foundations rooted in the nation's earliest history. Explore a masterpiece in stained glass and stone, its vast spaces alive with the sanctity and tradition of worship and heavenly music or quiet corners revealing unexpected stories and human inspiration. The Central Tower is worth a climb to see panoramic views of Yorkshire.A number of restoration projects have been undertaken to protect and preserve the stained glass and the fabric of the building. York Minster Revealed is an on-going project that will restore the beauty of the early fifteenth-century Great East Window, allowing a better understanding of the story it depicts.
National Media Museum - The National Media Museum is a fabulous free museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire devoted to film, photography, TV, radio, gaming and the web. Journey through popular photography, discover the past, present and future of television in Experience TV, watch your favourite TV moments in TV Heaven, play with light, lenses and colour in the Magic Factory, explore the world of animation and get gaming in the new Games Lounge!