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Kirkgate Victorian Street Tour – Sat 22 Jan 2022

Kirkgate Victorian Street Tour

Date: Saturday 22 January 2022, 10:15 am - 11:15 am
Venue: York Castle Museum

22nd January 10:15am

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Visit one of York’s most memorable experiences in this guided tour of our recreated Victorian street. The 1 hour tour will reveal the fascinating history of the street, the stories behind the authentic shops and real Victorian York businesses which traded everything from chocolate to weird and wonderful medicines to treat every ailment. Your tour guide will be there to answer any questions and point out the hidden history around every corner!

Please note:

  • Both the York Castle Prison and Kirkgate Victorian Street tours are guided tours with our Visitor Experience team.
  • Your tour ticket is for that gallery only and does not admit you to the rest of the museum.
  • Your tour ticket is valid for that day only and does not provide free entry for the following 12 month period
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before your tour start time to be checked in.
  • Tickets are required for all tour attendees.

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York Castle Prison Tour – Sun 23 Jan 2022

York Castle Prison Tour

Date: Sunday 23 January 2022, 10:15 am - 11:15 am
Venue: York Castle Museum

Enter the authentic prison cells of York Castle Prison, where thousands were imprisoned while they awaited release, transportation or execution. Join our expert as they reveal the stories of the infamous, such as highwayman Dick Turpin, and those largely forgotten in this unique insight into prison life.

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Art for Wellbeing – Sun 23 Jan 2022

Art for Wellbeing

Date: Sunday 23 January 2022, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

23 January, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, free

Informal practical sessions for adults (16+ only), just drop-in and release your creative energy, in the company of others and with gentle guidance on hand. This is an inclusive session, suitable for all abilities.

No need to book for workshop sessions.

To open York Art Gallery safely we’re limiting visitor numbers and encouraging everyone to book in advance. If you would like to visit the galleries before or after you attend this event, you should book a timed ticket for general admission to the gallery here.

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Art for Wellbeing – Sun 6 Feb 2022

Art for Wellbeing

Date: Sunday 6 February 2022, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

6 February, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, free

Informal practical sessions for adults (16+ only), just drop-in and release your creative energy, in the company of others and with gentle guidance on hand. This is an inclusive session, suitable for all abilities.

Art for Wellbeing is held monthly on a Sunday as follows; 6th February 2022, 20th March 2022.

No need to book for workshop sessions.

To open York Art Gallery safely we’re limiting visitor numbers and encouraging everyone to book in advance. If you would like to visit the galleries before or after you attend this event, you should book a timed ticket for general admission to the gallery here.

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Sketchbook Circle at York Art Gallery – Wed 9 Feb 2022

Sketchbook Circle at York Art Gallery

Date: Wednesday 9 February 2022, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

9 February, 1:30pm-3:30pm, £5 per person

9 March,  1:30pm-3:30pm, £5 per person

6 April, 1:30pm-3:30pm, £5 per person

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Fill your sketchbooks at this regular informal drawing group for Adults (16+ only). Take inspiration from our collection at York Art Gallery and enhance your drawing skills with the help and support of a community artist.

Sessions will also run on one Wednesday each month as follows, 9th February, 9th of March and 6th April 1.30pm – 3.30pm (please book separately for each session).

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Clay Texture Walks & Barefoot practice – Sat 12 Feb 2022

Clay Texture Walks & Barefoot practice

Date: Saturday 12 February 2022, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Artist led clay workshop, with well-being and Gainsborough`s fascination with nature in mind. All materials provided. Over 18’s only.

Saturday February 12th /10:30-1:pm/ £20 per person
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Join artist Francesca King at York Art Gallery for a clay workshop, with well-being and Gainsborough’s fascination with nature in mind. Gainsborough observed his natural surroundings, creating landscape textural paintings and detailed drawings. Can we walk in his shoes? We will try, by taking clay outside and exploring the textures of our environment, forming physical ‘impressions’ and traces in the clay from different natural and manmade found surfaces.

Moving inside to the Studio, Francesca will support and guide our barefoot practice, pressing our feet into the clay textures and move onto immersing our feet in clay. Your works will be bisque fired for you and ready to collect mid January.

Francesca King Ceramics was founded in 2016 & focused on textural surfaces in portraiture & tiles. In October 2020 Francesca completed her Masters in Fine Art. In 2021 the interactive clay experience “Feet in Clay” was awarded a York Open Studios bursary.

All materials and firing costs are included.

Please note this session is for over 18’s only

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Life Drawing – Model as Muse – Sat 12 Feb 2022

Life Drawing - Model as Muse

Date: Saturday 12 February 2022, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Join us at York Art Gallery for life drawing workshops; whether you are a regular participant, would like to hone your skills, or try life drawing for the first time, these regular two-hour immersive Saturday sessions, led by Rob Oldfield, are a wonderful way to experience life drawing in a supportive and friendly environment.

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Sketchbook Circle at York Art Gallery – Wed 9 Mar 2022

Sketchbook Circle at York Art Gallery

Date: Wednesday 9 March 2022, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

9 March, 1:30pm-3:30pm, £5 per person

Book tickets here.

Fill your sketchbooks at this regular informal drawing group for Adults (16+ only). Take inspiration from our collection at York Art Gallery and enhance your drawing skills with the help and support of a community artist.

Sessions will also run on one Wednesday each month as follows, 9th February, 9th of March and 6th April 1.30pm – 3.30pm (please book separately for each session).

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Art for Wellbeing – Sun 20 Mar 2022

Art for Wellbeing

Date: Sunday 20 March 2022, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

20 March, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, free

Informal practical sessions for adults (16+ only), just drop-in and release your creative energy, in the company of others and with gentle guidance on hand. This is an inclusive session, suitable for all abilities.

No need to book for workshop sessions.

To open York Art Gallery safely we’re limiting visitor numbers and encouraging everyone to book in advance. If you would like to visit the galleries before or after you attend this event, you should book a timed ticket for general admission to the gallery here.

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Writing from Photographs – York Literature Festival – Sat 26 Mar 2022

Writing from Photographs - York Literature Festival

Date: Saturday 26 March 2022, 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Venue: York Castle Museum

Poetry Workshop and Reading with Robert Powell and Sarah Wimbush as part of York Literature Festival

26 March 2022, 10:30-4pm, £25 per person

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but photographic images can also be packed with silences and ambiguities awaiting voice and interpretation. Photographs are windows into past moments, but also springboards for imagination. They function as containers of particular stories, and also as fertile soil for new ones.

People with all levels of writing experience are welcome.

This workshop will focus on how to turn the potency of photography into effective, powerful poems, mobilising the medium’s unique relationship with time and place. Using images drawn from archives, books, family photos, news, historical and contemporary sources, two experienced poets will share their approaches and encourage new writing.

The workshop will be followed by a public reading.

Robert Powell, former photography critic and curator, has produced four poetry collections – Harvest of Light, All, Riverain, and Lost & Found , as well as an artist book, films, film-poems, and a pamphlet, Notes From a Border River (2020). His prize-winning poetry has appeared in The North, Orbis, Pennine Platform, The Rialto, and elsewhere.

Sarah Wimbush is a Leeds poet who hails from Doncaster. She is the author of two prize-winning pamphlets: The Last Dinosaur in Doncaster (Smith|Doorstop 2021) and Bloodlines (Seren 2020). Her first collection Shelling Peas with My Grandmother in the Gorgiolands will be published by Bloodaxe in 2022.

 

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