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Modernising British Art: Roger Fry, Bloomsbury and the CAS – Fri 20 May 2022

Modernising British Art: Roger Fry, Bloomsbury and the CAS

Date: Friday 20 May 2022, All Day
Venue: York Art Gallery

Discover some of the personalities involved in Bloomsbury and the Contemporary Art Society and explore their links to each other
20 May, 12:45pm & 2:30pm, £15

The Bloomsbury Group were once famously described by Dorothy Parker as “living in squares and loving in triangles”. Behind these complicated relationships was a network of friendships that enabled the artists of the group to promote their work more effectively than many of their generation. One of the less well-known achievements of Bloomsbury is the founding of the Contemporary Art Society (CAS) in 1909.

Join Julia Musgrove in a talk exploring the role of the Bloomsbury Group in the first thirty years of its existence, via a presentation in our Studio, followed by an on-gallery tour of the exhibition Beyond Bloomsbury : Life, Love and Legacy, to meet some of the personalities involved in Bloomsbury and the Contemporary Art Society, exploring their links to each other.

Julia Musgrave has a Graduate Diploma in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and an MLitt in ‘Art, Style and Design: Renaissance to Modernism, c.1450 – c.1930’ from the University of Glasgow. She gained her Ph.D. at the University of York for her research into the involvement of Roger Fry and the Bloomsbury Group, and the social networks of the British art world in the development of the Contemporary Art Society from 1910 to 1939.

The talk will be seated for approx 45 mins before visiting the exhibition Beyond Bloomsbury : Life, Love and Legacy.

Ticket includes gallery admission.

Image credit: Simon Bussy; Vanessa Bell; Duncan Grant by Lady Ottoline Morrell, 1922  © National Portrait Gallery, London 

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York Museum Gardens Pop Up Plant Shop – Sat 21 May 2022

York Museum Gardens Pop Up Plant Shop

Date: Saturday 21 May 2022, All Day
Venue: York Museum Gardens

Saturday 21st May

11am – 4pm

Just in time for planting season, come browse a range of plants grown from cuttings and seed, as well as surplus plants from the Gardens which will be available to buy.  

The Pop Up Plant Shop will focus on sustainability by recycling pots and reducing the amount of plants transported to York Museum Gardens through experimentation with growing on-site seasonal bedding from seed. Expert advice and guidance about the suitability of plants for your garden will be available from the Gardens team.  

York Museums Trust hope the Pop Up Plant Shop will become a regular opportunity for people to take home plants they enjoy when visiting York Museum Gardens, as well as essential gardening hand tools and accessories.  

Proceeds from the Pop Up Plant Shop will be invested back into the gardens, to refresh existing beds, introduce more native wildflowers, enhance the Spring bulb displays and replace aging gardening equipment. 

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Dr Michael Lewis: Treasuring the Past – when is a ‘treasure’ Treasure? – Mon 23 May 2022

Dr Michael Lewis: Treasuring the Past – when is a ‘treasure’ Treasure?

Date: Monday 23 May 2022, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Venue:

Monday 23 May, 4:30pm
Free online Talk / Streamed live on YouTube and Facebook
Prof Michael Lewis (British Museum)

‘Treasure’ is an emotive word with a variety of meanings. Under the Treasure Act 1996, ‘Treasure’ is clearly defined, but not all items we might consider ‘treasure’ are actually Treasure, and some Treasure (under the legal definition) might not seem like it to most people. In this talk, Michael Lewis, Head of Portable Antiquities & Treasure at the British Museum, will highlight how our understanding of Treasure has evolved, and why some archaeological finds are protected by law and others are not. He will explore a number of finds to make the point, including the Ryedale Hoard.

This will also be an opportunity to hear about the workings of the Treasure Act 1996 and the work of the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) which supports it. Also to think about why some items are acquired by museum and others (the majority in fact) are not. And what happens to those that museums cannot or do not acquire for their collections. Should this material be sold of to the highest buyer, or do these finds belong to us all (in a moral sense at least)?

The Government is looking to reform Treasure law to ‘capture’ items of ‘archaeological significance’ not currently protected. This offers an opportunity for us to think about why do museums acquire finds, what they should be, and what are the practical limitations to museums acquiring more and more archaeological finds.

 

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Sketchbook Circle at York Art Gallery – Wed 25 May 2022

Sketchbook Circle at York Art Gallery

Date: Wednesday 25 May 2022, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

6 April, 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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Thursday Club – Thu 26 May 2022

Thursday Club

Date: Thursday 26 May 2022, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Join poetry educators Kitty Greenbrown and Katie Matthews for our Bloomsbury-inspired creative writing sessions with a difference

26 May, 12:30, £8

Book tickets here

Taking inspiration from The Bloomsbury Group’s literary Thursday Club, these creative writing sessions in the gallery Studio, will encourage you to employ a spirit of rebellion in your writing, along with a liberal attitude towards form.

Suitable for writers of all abilities, from absolute beginners to those looking for new inspiration for their work.

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Bloomsbury Interrupted – Sat 28 May 2022

Bloomsbury Interrupted

Date: Saturday 28 May 2022, All Day
Venue: York Art Gallery

28 May, included in admission 

To help bring our Bloomsbury Exhibition to life, Katie Matthews and Kitty Greenbrown will be performing live interruptive poetry in the community section of ‘Beyond Bloomsbury : Life, Love and Legacy’ at select times throughout the day on Saturday 28th May.

This new performance piece, created especially for the exhibition is inspired by the close relationship between Vanessa Bell and her sister Virginia Woolf, and the rebellious ideas of the Bloomsbury Group as a whole.

Expect to be surprised and charmed in equal measures.

Included in Beyond Bloomsbury :Life, Love and Legacy gallery admission price.

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Are You a Rebel? – Sat 28 May 2022

Are You a Rebel?

Date: Saturday 28 May 2022, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Join us at York Art Gallery for family friendly creative art sessions this Easter

28 May, 11am & 2pm, £10 ticket admits one adult and up to two children.

Book tickets here

oin community artist and designer, Lydia Caprani, whose work features in the Beyond Bloomsbury : Love, Life and Legacy exhibition, for family friendly Arty sessions.

Are you a Rebel or a Bloomsbury Group ‘wanna be’?

Explore ideas of both the Rebel Arts Centre and The Omega workshop, using abstract shapes and bold colours to decorate a variety of objects. There is the opportunity for pieces decorated during the sessions to be displayed in the community section of the Bloomsbury exhibition or taken home to enjoy.

All materials supplied.

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Art for Wellbeing – Sun 29 May 2022

Art for Wellbeing

Date: Sunday 29 May 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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Sketchbook Circle at York Art Gallery – Wed 8 Jun 2022

Sketchbook Circle at York Art Gallery

Date: Wednesday 8 June 2022, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

6 April, 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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Life Drawing – Model as Muse – Sat 11 Jun 2022

Life Drawing - Model as Muse

Date: Saturday 11 June 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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