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Welcome to York Art Workers' Association

The York Art Workers' Association is an eclectic group of craftsmen, artists, conservators, academics and others who share a serious interest in the design of buildings, interiors and landscapes. Members represent architectural craftsmanship, other applied arts, fine arts, architecture and conservation. We welcome not only practitioners in these fields but anyone with a keen interest or appreciation of art & design.

We exist to extend and share our knowledge and experience through a programme of monthly talks, normally on the first Monday of the month (doors open at 7pm). We also organise occasional courses, workshops, outings & social events. Our talks are open anyone with an interest in the arts.

If you would like to know more about the association please feel free to get in contact, we will be happy to offer advice on becoming a member.



We're back in business (and in a new venue)

We are excited to announce that after Covid stopped play, our monthly talks started again in September 2021. We are now meeting at the Friend's Meeting House on Friargate, York, which allows us more space to host Covid-secure events, and is accessible for people with mobility issues.

Doors open at 7pm on the first Monday of the month, unless otherwise stated.
Admission: members £2, non members £5.

Please wear a face covering unless exempt on medical grounds

Membership and programme enquiries to:info@yorkartworker.org.uk



Next events:

Charles Gurrey, sculptor

Monday 7th February 2022, 7.30pm, venue TBC. Please aim to be seated by 7.15pm

"As a sculptor working to commission, what I do seems to fall into three broad categories: Architectural Sculpture; Ecclesiastical Work; and, Sculptural work with Text. A broad range of materials get used in this work. This is not ‘fabricated’ work however. These are objects made through a direct involvement with material, and their form grows out of that.

As commissioned work, what gets made is also determined in part by a specific site, or purpose for the work, and it is perhaps influenced by whoever is commissioning it, or by consideration for those for whom it is commissioned. This is frequently public work and a number of things can inform what gets done.

Hopefully, I can involve the audience in some discussion of the work shown. I will be very selective and illustrate a very modest cross-section of what I do, in the hope that a range of issues might be brought-out that are part of what informs the design and making of the sculpture".



Julie Held, painter
Monday 7th March 2022, 7.30pm, venue TBC

Colour is central to Julie’s practice, expressing the poignancy of her lifelong preoccupation with the powerful yet fragile cycle of life.

Julie studied at Camberwell College of Arts and The Royal Academy Schools, London. Exhibitions include: The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The London Group, The Jerwood Drawing Prize, The Threadneedle Prize, Flowers Central, The National Portrait Gallery and The Barbican, London, as well as solo shows in Prague, Leipzig and Hamburg. Her work is held in a number of public collections, including Nuffield College, Oxford University, New Hall, Cambridge University, The Open University, The Ruth Borchard, The Ben Uri Gallery & Museum and the Tomas Choir School in Leipzig.

Julie is an elected member of the London Group, NEAC, RWS and the Arborealists.

Visit Julie Held's website




Hannah Arnup, ceramicist

Monday 4th April 2022, 7.30pm, venue TBC

Talk by Hannah Arnup, ceramicist and founder of Arnup Studios in Holtby, York.

Visit Hannah's website
Visit Arnup Studios website


Ben Porter, Founder/Managing Director of York Creatives/portrait and lifestyle photographer
Monday 9th May 2022, 7.30pm, venue TBC

Ben will speak about York Creatives, which was founded in 2016 with the purpose of supporting the local creative community through the sharing of ideas, contacts and resources. Activities include running regular events including markets, talks and socials; working to increase access to affordable workspace and building online resources to signpost to under used assets in the city. 

He will also talk about the book which he produced and published last year. York’s Creative Spaces is a collection of photographs and interviews profiling the studios, workshops, galleries, creative offices and independent venues of York, UK. Created by Ben Porter, this book documents the quirky, historic, repurposed spaces York’s creative community inhabits and creates work from, and is a beautifully illustrated and fascinating volume.

Visit York Creatives website    

Visit Ben Porter photographer's website


Rob Oldfield, hard at work in his workshop