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Hear my Voice: Art for Wellbeing

Throughout the festival, 10.00am to 5.00pm

A special exhibition at York Art Gallery celebrates the creative talents of York’s residents through artwork produced on projects, courses and classes run by Culture & Wellbeing in York.

The Rowntree Takeover in Cartoons

Throughout the Festival, 8.00am to 10.00pm

To mark the 30th Anniversary of the takeover of Rowntree plc by Nestlé, The Rowntree Society presents an exhibition of cartoons as they appeared in newspapers in 1988. Featuring the work of many prominent cartoonists including Giles, JAK and Kipper Williams, the exhibition tells the story of the days between April and June 1988 in a succinct, fascinating - and usually amusing - way.

The Art of Activism

Tuesday 5 to Sunday 10 June

Join us for an exhibition illustrating the powerful role the arts can play in helping us envisage a more just world.

Interactive Media Showcase

Friday 15 June 2018, 6.00pm to 7.30pm (Opening Gala), and Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June 2018, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Join us for the Interactive Media Showcase, a brand new event organised by the University of York’s Interactive Media BSc students to share their work created over the past year. The Showcase will feature a wide array of projects from virtual reality installations to video games to mobile apps to interactive cinema, cards, posters, art installations and many more – even an interactive racing car!

Artificial Intelligence: Exhibition

Saturday 16 June, 11.00am to 4.30pm

Do you know what artificial intelligence (AI) is? Would you like to find out more? Join us for an exploration of AI, robotics and autonomous systems: Have a chat with a chatbot; try out the Turing test and see whether you can distinguish between a human and an AI; see robots in action and have a go at programming your own; play noughts-and-crosses against the computer and watch its ‘thought processes’ as it decides what move to make; and watch excerpts from a play with a robotic lead actor.

How Many Sails?

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June, 11.00am to 4.00pm

Windmills have four sails. Right? Wrong! Find out about mills with five, six, eight and even more sails, where they are and why. Holgate Windmill – the only double-shuttered, five sailed mill in the world – hosts a special exhibition on mill sails.

Re-imagining the city of York

Sunday 17 June, 12.00pm to 6.00pm

Master of Architecture students from the Kent School of Architecture, Canterbury present innovative visions for the city of York. Join them for a thought-provoking exhibition - ‘Design for Galactic Life on Earth: How can architectural intervention be used to instigate change?’


Friday 20 July to Sunday 16 September, 10.00am to 5.00pm

Refuse/Refuge is an exhibition of contemporary art exploring the role of visual politics in shaping the public's reactions to the 21st-century refugee crisis. Curated by University of York PhD students Kyveli Lignou-Tsamantani and Martha Cattell, the exhibition is supported by the University’s History of Art Department, York Festival of Ideas, the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.