Throughout the Festival, 10am to 4pm

Free admission

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Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York (map)

Wheelchair accessible

Experience the wonders of the arts of the Islamic world at an exhibition spanning one thousand years. Curated by Richard McClary and Helena Cox of the University of York, the exhibition features ceramics, paintings, artefacts and photographs from the 9th to 19th centuries.

Among the highlights are ancient coins with ornate calligraphy and vibrantly-coloured fragments of ceramics painted with figures and geometric patterns. 

Created to mark the launch of a new Masters in Islamic Art and Cultures at the University of York, the exhibition is divided into three main themes and allows visitors to see the true scale, colour and intricacies of these unique artefacts.

The exhibition is part of our series of Bruce Wannell memorial events. You may also be interested in 'Lenses Across Time: Views of Afghanistan', an exhibition taking place throughout the Festival and the Annual Bruce Wannell Memorial Lecture, 'The Cultural Heritage of Afghanistan' on Monday 3 June.   

Photo credit: Paul Shields, University of York

About the curators

Dr Richard McClary is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History of Art at the University of York with research interests in the field of Islamic art and architecture of the Medieval period.

Helena Cox is a PhD student in the Department of History of Art at the University of York and curator of the University's Art Collection.