Theme: Art and Design

From fashion photography to beautifully illuminated Qur’ans, V&A exhibitions to York Design Awards walking tours, we celebrate art and design in its many forms.

What's on

Mon
25
Jun

York Design Awards: Winners presentation

Join us as the winners are announced of the 12th annual York Design Awards. Entries to the awards are in categories covering residential, community and commercial schemes, large or small, and open spaces. This flagship event includes the presentation of plaques to the winning schemes chosen by a distinguished panel of independent judges, with a special Lord Mayor’s Award. The accompanying exhibition showcases all the 2018 entries.

Sat
16
Jun

Digital Handmade: Craftmanship and the new Industrial Revolution

Writer Lucy Johnston introduces some of the international designers, artists, and craftspeople who combine the precision and flexibility of computing and digital fabrication with the skill and tactility of the master artisan to create unexpected and desirable objects and products.

Sat
16
Jun

York Design Awards Walking Trail

Join us for a unique opportunity to visit York Design Award-winning buildings from the first 11 years of the scheme. The Walking Trail of Award Winners and other standout schemes will take place in and around the City centre, led by Peter Brown, former Director of the York Civic Trust, with architects from the York Architectural Association.

Fri
15
Jun

York Design Awards Walking Trail

Join us for a unique opportunity to visit York Design Award-winning buildings from the first 11 years of the scheme. The Walking Trail of Award Winners and other standout schemes will take place in and around the City centre, led by Peter Brown, former Director of the York Civic Trust, with architects from the York Architectural Association.

Thu
14
Jun

Botanical Treasures from Cook’s First Voyage

Fine art publisher Joe Studholme explains the modern printing of Joseph Banks’ collection of botanical engravings and shows some of the fine illustrations. Banks, a wealthy young naturalist, accompanied James Cook on his first voyage around the world between 1768 and 1771.

Wed
13
Jun

Craeft: How traditional crafts are about more than just making

Historian and popular broadcaster Alex Langlands explains why our modern understanding of craft only skims the surface. Join him and learn about the transformation of our understanding of craft – or rather, craeft – in the wake of industrialisation.

Wed
13
Jun

Mapping on the Edge: Conceptualising place, space and landscape through Inuit artefacts

How did those living in the circumpolar region see space, place and landscape in the time after contact with Europeans? Join Meg Boulton, a Research Affiliate with the University of York’s History of Art Department, as she brings together three sets of objects to consider this question.

Tue
12
Jun

Edvard Munch: The brighter years - CANCELLED

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event is cancelled. Apologies for any disappointment.

Mon
11
Jun

Representations of the Body: The Female Nude in Egyptian Modern Art 1939–1963 - CANCELLED

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event is cancelled. Apologies for any disappointment.

Fri
8
Jun

The Leonard Cohen Exhibition: Between devotional tribute and critical exercise

Find out about the making of the Leonard Cohen: Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything exhibition with John Zeppetelli, Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

Fri
8
Jun

The Mughal Queen Nur Jahan as a Patron of the Arts

Mehreen Chida-Razvi of SOAS, University of London introduces Nur Jahan, wife of Emperor Jahangir and aunt to Mumtaz Mahal, whose tomb the Taj Mahal holds and commemorates. Join us and learn about the influence of a Muslim queen.

Thu
7
Jun

Ocean Liners: Speed and style

Join Ghislaine Wood, co-curator of the V&A's Ocean Liners exhibition, as she explores the design and cultural impact of the ocean liner around the world. Find out about some of the hidden design stories of some of the world's greatest ocean liners, including the Titanic, Normandie, the Queen Mary and the Canberra.

Wed
6
Jun

The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970

Martin Salisbury, author of The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970, discusses the life and work of some of the leading artists and illustrators of the period and explains how they rose to the wide-ranging challenges posed by format and subject matter.

Wed
6
Jun

The Qur’ans of Uljaytu

Alison Ohta of the Royal Asiatic Society will discuss the beautifully illuminated Qur'ans produced for the Ilkhan Uljaytu (r.1307-1314).

Wed
6
Jun

Fashion Photography: The story in pictures

Fashion chronicler Eugénie Shinkle, author of Fashion Photography: The Story in 180 Pictures, explores the profound influence that fashion photography has had over the past century.

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