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Exhibitions at the Gallery

12th March 2019

York College Gallery presents a new exhibition of hand printed posters by The Print Project.  The Posters of Golden Cabinet is a collection of thirty posters created during 2013-2018 for the acclaimed experimental music night which took place at the Kirkgate Community Centre in the small market town of Shipley, West Yorkshire.

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Golden Cabinet’s ‘sonic attack’ attracted a hardcore of followers over its 5 years as well as the attention of the mainstream media and international artists working at the bleeding edge of music and visual art.

The posters were created by Nick Loaring (The Print Project) who took his inspiration from the type of music on offer: a brain-crushingly loud / brutal / in your face experience which was often repetitive, complex and intended to re-wire your internal circuits.

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All the posters were letterpress printed by hand one at a time, using a variety of materials (washers / screws / vintage wood-type / hand-cut lino / laser-cut & engraved hardboard / MDF) in small editions of 30 or fewer. The type was always set by hand, firstly using what was available and then moving into hot-metal in 2014.

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The posters are on display from 12th March - 11th April and are organised chronologically with the sizes and formats arrived at by exploiting the limits of two flat bed proofing presses, one from 1969 and the other from 1972.



11th February 2019

Pop-up A Level Photography Exhibition in the Gallery

The York College Gallery presents a pop up exhibition by current A-Level Photography students. The exhibition celebrates the work of both first and second year photography students, mid-way through their studies.

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Lexie Wiggins (formerly of Outwood Academy, Easingwold), was inspired by Julian Germain’s series ‘For every minute you are angry you lose 60 seconds of happiness’.  Lexi documented her relationship with her Grandma and those close to her. Her thoughtful set of images reflect the day to day life of her Grandma Olga, culminataing in the production of a strong body of work, with an honest and touching sentiment.


A-Level Art and Design at York College offers an interdisciplinary experience which provides the opportunity to share facilities and insight from experienced tutors. Students are guided through the creative, conceptual, research and analytical skills needed to produce outstanding work in the medium of their choice. 


This pop-up exhibition runs until 22nd February 2019.  More work will be displayed at the end of year Creative Show 2019 (28th June – 5th July) when all A Level Art and Design students will share their work.


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9th January 2019

York College Gallery proudly presents a new exhibition by successful artist and York College alumni, Philip Gurrey.

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Philip’s exhibition, titled Resurface, expresses a number of issues at the heart of his thinking process. He explains: “The relationship between the painting and its object is a theme that has resurfaced for me time and time again and it is something first investigated in British painting by the Situation painters of the 1960s. Gillian Ayres & John Hoyland et al. This resurfacing of history has also had a profound effect on understanding art’s relationship to politics and morality. Walter Benjamin’s Thesis on the Philosophy of History dispels the idea of history as a fixed, permanent entity. Benjamin champions the temporal nature of history, forever shifting in its relationship to the present, something to be wrestled with a new, every day. Resurface also refers directly to many of the themes within the works themselves, linking image to surface, perspective and colour.”

Philip’s exhibition takes inspiration from Charles Francis Daubigny’s seascapes and drives understanding of painting as image, as far into its objectness as possible. Are we looking at a seascape with depth, perspective, distance and time attributed to it or do we stand in front of a painted object, a surface or colour? The texture bears no relationship to image or illusion whatsoever. The works are trapped between a romantic notion of arts relationship to image, time and the transcendental on the one hand, and on the other - concrete notions of space, presence, weight and objectness.

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Born in York (1984), Philip Gurrey completed his A Levels at York College in 2003 (Fine Art, Music and English Literature) and then completed his undergraduate degree in Painting and Printmaking at the Glasgow School of Art in 2007.

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In 2008 he was awarded the PULSE prize in New York given to emerging artists of distinction. He completed his Masters of Letters Degree in Painting and Printmaking with distinction in 2012. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, the Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles and the Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London. He has work in the Fondation Francès collection in Senlis, France, the Mercer Art Gallery collection in Harrogate and the Pathfoot Collection at the University of Stirling. More recently he has exhibited at the Castle Museum and Art Gallery in Nottingham. Philip also works as a visiting lecturer and tutor.

‘Resurface’ runs from 9th January – 7th February 2019 in the York College Gallery.


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22nd November 2018

The latest exhibition in the College Gallery is by YO!collective; a group of contemporary, multi-disciplinary artists and creators based in York. The exhibition runs from 22nd November to 20th December 2018.

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The group’s practices vary vastly, including (but not limited to) mediums such as Digital, Sculpture, Installation, Painting, Performance and Mixed Media. They support improved access to contemporary art for all and are activists for art education. The group consists of art professionals from a variety of backgrounds and professions aiming to champion under-represented artists of the north; David Swales, Miranda Tuxworth, Jade Blood, Emily Binks, Lynette Quek, Richard Mackness, Adam Keay and Sam Swales Snowden. 

Emily Binks works predominantly in sculpture and installation, exploring what it means to survive in the 21st Century. She is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and was the recipient of the Glenfiddich Artist in Residence Award, in association with the Royal Scottish Academy 2016, and was recently shortlisted for the BLOOOM Award with Warstiner, Germany. Emily is showing work in exhibitions across the country, in cities including Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Manchester and London. Her work has also featured in issues of 'Average Art' Magazine. www.emilyjbinks.com

David Swales explores the territory of painting, David creates collisions between abstract painting and the layout language of magazines, newspapers and other print-based media. The physical thrill of being present with a tactile object is important. He makes paintings that are the strange offspring of disparate, visual media - painting in an expanded field where surface and object share a kind of mutual parity.

Miranda Tuxworth confronts the challenges to her own practice and identity as an artist. She is drawn to Thoreau's idea of creativity stimulated by austerity. In 'Walden' he writes 'The shadows of poverty and meanness gather around us, " and lo! Creation widens to our view."...It is life near the bone where it is sweetest.' Miranda is interested in the precarious position of the artist and is influenced by Thoreau's ideas to reinterpret limitation and uncertainty in positive terms.

Jade Blood is an artist printmaker investigating authentic mark and colour by making small editions of prints on fabrics and paper. She achieves painterly marks by working directly on to screens and prints by hand for a spontaneous, free effect. Jade is currently studying on the BxNU MFA and her studio is based at The Baltic 39 in Newcastle. She also teaches in her home city, York.

Sam Swales Snowden is a painter whose predominant concern is the female experience, its place in art and in a wider cultural context. Her paintings are a mapping of an internal emotional space. Eventually each piece becomes a pared down composition of colour and space removed entirely from any semblance of representation, describing only its own physicality.

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Lynette Quek is an audiovisual artist from Singapore, currently based in York (UK). With a recording arts background, she currently engages in projects that interact with sound, recording processes, and performance interactivity, interlocking with images that she creates through code. Her work occurs in series, each based on a certain theme, a thought of the moment, or simply just improvisatory studies.

Richard Mackness creates sculpture that often deals with dualities such as Synthetic / Evolved, Earthly / Divine, Priceless / Worthless and are characterised by expressive form and precise handling of materials. His creative practice includes commercial projects and design, which help support his sculpture studio. He has shown around the UK, in Europe and the U.S.A., including at the Whitechapel Gallery London, Aldeburgh Festival, Ikon Gallery Birmingham, Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. www.richardmackness.com

Adam Keay tricks himself into painting, telling himself that the real act of painting will start later. His work investigates the edge before failure and the sense of relief when the image is destroyed. By the time you’ve taken enough notes for a book, then you have a book.


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(10th September - 18th October 2018)

Art & Design students are excited to see an exhibition by former Foundation Diploma student and local artist Angus Vasili in the York College Gallery this month. 


Angus Vasili is an emerging artist, a process driven printmaker who uses abstract concepts to define the rules of each of his projects. Working from his studio in York, his work includes layers of photography, architecture and texture.

Combining the mediums screen printing, photography and texture, Angus’ work is highly experimental and constantly evolving. His image generation process is a fast method of experimentation, working on multiple pieces simultaneously, in a loose and intuitive manner allowing his subconscious to guide ideas and creativity. His practice involves many mistakes and happy accidents, using a combination of digital and analogue techniques to create a raw aesthetic.

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Angus says: “My fascination with concrete, industrial landscapes and what I recently came to know as ‘brutalism’ has triggered this series of screen prints. Combining photography, texture and printmaking to create a raw aesthetic that resonates with the fundamental material of brutalism.” 

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Art & Design tutor, Steve Hemingway who runs the gallery space at the College says: “It is great to be able to offer Angus a solo exhibition. He was a great student and he has gone on to do really well after graduating from Liverpool John Moores University with a First Class (Hons) in Graphics and Illustration. Angus has now successfully set up his own practice in York and his prints look fantastic in our Gallery space. The brutalism which is to be found within his work also echoes the contemporary concrete architecture of our College building.”

Brutalista is exhibited in the York College Gallery from 10th September – 18th October 2018


Liverpool John Moores University - 1st Class Degree (Hons) in Graphics and Illustration
York College - BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma Art and Design (Distinction)

2018 Group exhibition, Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair
2018 Solo exhibition, Fossgate Social, York
2017 Group exhibition, The Blue Coat, Liverpool
2017 Group exhibition, Mostyn Art Gallery, North Wales
2017 Group exhibition, Art& RAW Talent Winner
2017 Group exhibition, Modern Art Oxford
2016 Group exhibition, John Lennon Art and Design Building, Liverpool

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