As the splendour of autumn radiantly unfolds, we take a moment to stop and savour the simple pleasures of the season. Between the excitement of prize exhibition previews and the buzz of upcoming art fairs and exhibitions, the quiet solace of autumn’s warm comforts and breathtaking beauty have been more gratefully received than ever–even more so when experienced through the timeless perspective of fine art.
Next month the gallery returns to Manchester Art Fair, a uniquely diverse mix of acclaimed galleries and artists, with a rich programme of artist talks, panel discussions, performances and installations. Drawing from the wealth of talent amongst the gallery’ represented artists, York Fine Arts will showcase a handpicked selection of original paintings and sculpture from Stand 305. We are delighted to be able to offer a limited number of complimentary VIP Preview tickets and unlimited free weekend tickets to our clients wishing to attend the fair. Contact the gallery to receive your exclusive booking code to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to attend one of the biggest arts events of the season.
We were recently delighted to attend the preview evening of the New Light Prize Exhibition and raise a glass to contemporary artists Clare Haley, Ian Rawling and Michael John Ashcroft, ROI on their selection for this prestigious honour. Shining a light on northern artists and the wealth of exceptional talent in the north, the prize exhibition is now open at the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead until the 22nd of December before embarking on its tour around the country until the end of next year. Congratulations again to Clare, Ian and Michael!
The gallery has welcomed a rich collection of new work this month, including work by Stephen Hawkins, Natalie Stutely, Raymond Campbell, Alan Smith, Jay Nottingham, Amanda Jackson and Terence Clarke. As we prepare for Manchester Art Fair, we fully expect a flurry of new arrivals from artists including Sean Durkin, Mike Hall, Philip Hearsey, Ian Rawling and Michael John Ashcroft, ROI. So do remember to check back over the course of the month to see these new additions as they arrive.
Finally, it is with the greatest sadness that we share the news of our Director Alan Short’s recent passing. With unparalleled dedication, Alan offered a warm welcome, engaging conversation and a firm handshake to hundreds of thousands of visitors over the years as he passionately shared the joys of fine art. Building long-lasting relationships with so many, we appreciate that some may wish to personally pay their respects. We have therefore published details of the funeral arrangements on our website. Alan’s family and the rest of the York Fine Arts team thank you for your support during this challenging time but very much hope Alan’s positivity, enthusiasm and extraordinary legacy will remain a light to all.
As ever, we thank you for your patronage and look forward to welcoming you to the gallery soon.