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Theme: Curiouser and Curiouser: Art, Architecture and Design

Discover the complex and sometimes surprising relationship between art, design, architecture and technology. Discover poetry chalked on walls, the legacy of looting, the designs of Alexander McQueen and the future of cities.

What's on

Wed
24
Jun

York Design Awards 2015 Presentation Event

York Design Awards exist to promote excellence in architectural design and conservation in the York local authority area. Good sustainable design and conservation support York’s special heritage and contribute to the well-being of its residents and visitors. Attend the 9th annual awards event and view presentations of the 2015 winning schemes.

Tue
16
Jun

Medieval City: A canvas for contemporary art

Join York Curiouser’s Co-Artistic Directors Hazel Colquhoun and Lara Goodband with a panel of curators, artists and academics who will discuss and present ideas about the Medieval city as a canvas for contemporary art.

Sun
14
Jun

Curating Savage Beauty: Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is the first and largest retrospective of McQueen’s work to be presented in Europe. Join Claire Wilcox, Senior Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum to hear more about this exciting exhibition.

Sun
14
Jun

Yorkshire Sculpture Park: Culture and well-being

Join founding Executive Director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park as he describes YSP’s activity and its contribution to the well-being of culture, communities and individuals.

Sun
14
Jun

Future Cities: How will we live next?

What might your city look like in 2065? In this talk, Professor Nick Dunn from Lancaster University will explore what new technologies and lifestyles may mean for our cities.

Sun
14
Jun

Turner, Ruskin, and the Pre-Raphaelites on Screen

Join us for a panel debate exploring how artists and artworlds of the 19th century are presented through film.

Sun
14
Jun

Secrets and Discoveries Selling Exhibition

Art and Creations from some of Yorkshire’s best galleries, artists and designers, curated by Natalia Willmott.

Sun
14
Jun

Finding Poems on Walls: A walking tour

York Curiouser’s Co-Artistic Directors Hazel Colquhoun and Lara Goodband will guide you round In Between, the series of poems by John Wedgwood Clarke stencilled and chalked on the walls of York’s hidden yards, snickets and passageways.

Sun
14
Jun

Europe 1600–1815 in 1000 objects

Join us for a talk by lead curator of the V&A's galleries on the art and design of 17th and 18th century Europe.

Sun
14
Jun

Channel 4: Random Acts

A showing of a selection of past Random Acts films by Channel 4.

Sat
13
Jun

Relics of the Reich

Many of the buildings and sites associated with the Nazis are still there but what has happened to them? Author Colin Philpott explores what these places tell us about Germany now.

Sat
13
Jun

John Wedgwood Clarke: Poetry reading

York Curiouser poet John Wedgwood Clarke will read poems about York and the Yorkshire landscape including work from his 2013 collection Ghost Pot described as ‘a masterpiece that rewards continual rereading’ by Bernard O’Donoghue.

Sat
13
Jun

Art Theft and Looting through History

Looting has often been a little-examined motivation for some of the major conflicts throughout history. In his talk, art dealer Ivan Lindsay, explores looting from the Romans to the Nazis.

Thu
11
Jun

Art and Work in Conversation

A discussion evening, led in part by researcher and writer Luke Layzelle. The event will aim to initiate a conversation on the differences and affinities between the work involved in arts based practice and wage labour.

Thu
11
Jun

Simon Pope on Walking as Art

Artist Simon Pope will talk about how we can form new types of community through engaging with material aspects of the city.

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