York Museums Trust

Events - 1 Jun 24

Meet Me at The Yorkshire Museum – Sat 1 Jun 2024

Meet Me at The Yorkshire Museum

Date: Saturday 1 June 2024, All Day
Venue: Yorkshire Museum

Meet Me at The Yorkshire Museum is included in general admission.
Ever wanted to visit a Viking?
Run into a Roman?
Follow the footsteps of a Fossil Hunter?
Meet a Medieval Storyteller?
…. A whole host of exciting characters will be dropping into the Yorkshire Museum this year!
This is YOUR invitation to ….
Suitable for all ages.
Short stories and object handling throughout the day. Times will be advertised at the Museum on the day.

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Tales from the Trail – Sat 1 Jun 2024

Tales from the Trail

Date: Saturday 1 June 2024, All Day
Venue: York Castle Museum

Performances at intervals throughout the day.

Included in general admission

Tales from the Trail

Do you know your grocer’s from your greengrocer’s?
Hardware from haberdasher’s?
Confectioner’s from chemist’s? ……. ( hope so!)
Prepare for silliness, stories and urgent shopping with our Kirkgate characters. Pick up a copy of our free Time Travellers Trail at the ticket desk so you can get involved too!
Two slightly madcap Victorian characters will be on Kirkgate at various times during the days to interact with each other and with the visitors. Short scenes take place, each concerning a story or a bit of fun about objects to be purchased from the shops of Kirkgate, all belonging within our Time Travellers museum trail.

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Japanese Woodblock printing – Taster Day (SOLD OUT) – Sat 1 Jun 2024

Japanese Woodblock printing - Taster Day (SOLD OUT)

Date: Saturday 1 June 2024, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

1 June 2024


£55.00 per person, Book here

Made famous by artists such as Hokusai and ‘The Great Wave,’ the Japanese woodblock printing, or ‘Mokuhanga’ technique dates back hundreds of years and is still used by contemporary artists all over the world today. Mokuhanga, differs from Western methods of woodblock printing which use oil-based inks and heavy equipment such as presses. Instead, it uses water-based inks and there is no need for a press, which makes it a versatile, accessible and non-toxic method of printmaking.

On this day taster course, you will be guided through designing an image and transferring it to a wood block, carving using specialist tools, and printing your image by hand with watercolour paints, to create a small edition of A5 prints to take home. There will also be the opportunity to experiment with using creative inking techniques such as ‘bokashi’ to achieve gradients and multi-coloured prints.

The aim of this course is to give learners an idea of the possibilities of Mokuhanga as a medium to create images, and to have fun and get inky. (Carving and printing can also be very relaxing once you get into that ‘flow state!’). It would suit anyone with an interest in printmaking – both beginners or those who are looking for a refresher, but please be aware that carving does require a reasonable amount of dexterity.

The tutor, Kathryn Desforges, is an artist and printmaker based in West Yorkshire. She makes, exhibits and sells limited edition, handmade original contemporary prints and artist books. In 2018 she undertook a 5-week residency in Japan studying Japanese woodblock printing and has been teaching the technique ever since.

All materials provided
Suitable for those ages 16+ (under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult at all times)

Refreshments provided by Sketch Cafe
Lunch is not provided although you are welcome to bring a packed lunch to eat in the Studio space.  


This workshop is part of our National Treasures: Monet in York exhibition events programme. Entry to the exhibition and our permanent collections is included in the price.

Find out more about the exhibition here  

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