York Art Gallery to be transformed by £8 million development

    York Art Gallery
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    York Art Gallery’s transformation will see it have 60 per cent more exhibition space, with a suite of three galleries able to house major touring exhibitions for the first time.

    Clare Twomey - slipcast bowls from new installation to mark reopning of York Art Gallery
    Clare Twomey – slipcast bowls from new installation to mark reopning of York Art Gallery

    New commissions, Old Masters and more than 2,000 ceramic works will feature in York Art Gallery’s new displays of designated collections when it reopens on Yorkshire Day (August 1 2015).

    Two new spaces on the first floor will become the Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) which will be home to the largest collection of British Studio Ceramics in the world. The new Centre of Ceramic Art will include a 17-metre-long ‘Wall of Pots’, which will be displayed by colour to create a rainbow effect, as well as a major new commission by renowned ceramist Clare Twomey.

    The development will also include an artists’ garden created at the rear of the gallery in a space previously closed to the public, linking to the existing York Museum Gardens.

    Jennifer Alexander, curator of art, said: “For the opening displays we wanted to show off the strength of our permanent collections, while combining this with significant loans and thought-provoking commissions.”

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