• Date and time: Thursday 10 June 2021, 1pm to 2pm
  • Location: Online
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

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If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then how can we define what is beautiful in York?

Beauty will soon be defined in legislation and used to affect how towns and cities develop.  An awkward term, beauty is translated by most people as ‘pretty’ – which is something the Government is drawing us towards. But in fact beauty represents an aggregate of qualities that go far beyond 'pretty'. 

Join York Civic Trust for an event which will address the question: What in your eyes is beautiful in York? Not just the famous picture postcard aspects of the city, but the personal, intimate and potentially infinite horizons that exist.

Join in the conversation at a richly illustrated panel discussion from Fairfax House – recognised by many as one of the most beautiful Georgian Townhouses in England, so a perfect context for addressing the concept of beauty.  


This event is hosted live on Zoom. You’ll receive a link to join a couple of days before the event takes place and a reminder an hour before. During the event, you can ask questions via a Q&A function but audience cameras and microphones will remain muted throughout.

About the speakers

Dr Duncan Marks is heritage and conservation lead for York Civic Trust. Among other roles Duncan has worked as an architectural and historic researcher with Dr Jane Grenville in revising Pevsner's guide to North Yorkshire. Duncan leads the University of York's Heritage Planning Studio - a unique partnership with York Civic Trust - and the Civic Trust's building conservation and planning activity.  

Dr Sarah Burnage is Curator of Fairfax House and for York Civic Trust. Sarah is a published author, researcher and curator. She was a Henry Moore Post-doctoral Fellow based in the History of Art Department at the University York, UK, before taking up the Paul Mellon funded role of lead Research Curator at York Art Gallery for the William Etty: Art and Controversy exhibition, for which she wrote and co-edited the accompanying catalogue. She has worked for the National Trust on their Heritage Lottery Funded WW1 community research project, based at Nostell Priory. Sarah has authored a number of peer reviewed articles on 18-century art and sculpture, is the author of Fairfax House's Made in York exhibition catalogue and most recently co-edited The British School of Sculpture c.1760-1832, published by Routledge. 


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