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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.

Where, when and how much?

We meet at Southlands Methodist Church, Bishopthorpe Road, York YO23 1NX. There is parking at the church, on nearby streets and in the local car park by the shops, a few minutes' walk away. There is cycle parking too and it is on a bus route. There is level access and the meeting room is on the ground floor.

All events are on the first Monday of the month (unless otherwise stated).

Events start at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm – please aim to be seated by 7.15pm.

Admission: members £2, non members £5.

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

Next events:

Petra Young, Funding & Development Manager, Yorkshire Forest District

Monday 4th July 2022

For more than 50 years Forestry England has been engaged in outdoor arts activities across the country. Many people will have heard of the arts in Grizedale and Kielder Forests. In 2017, Forestry England launched an arts strategy for Dalby Forest as the latest venue for high quality arts activities. Petra Young, Forestry England’s funding & development manager, developed this strategy in partnership with Crescent Arts and Helen Sear. Petra will talk about the achievements so far and the plans for the near future. Stories about sculpture as well as arts education, workshops and exhibitions.


Petra at Rachel Whiteread’s Nissen Hut © Tony Bartholomew

Peter Maris, Sculptor

Monday 4th September 2022

Sculptor, Peter Maris was invited by Forestry England to submit proposals for a series of new artworks in Dalby Forest which then gained funding from Arts Council England. He chose to use this opportunity as a period of intense professional development by setting up collaborations with a small but diverse range of practitioners and with the aim of examining his own practice and extending his horizons through experimentation and the development of new creative approaches.

In this talk he reveals insights into the transitions he was able to make in each collaboration, the engagement of a rigorous self-critiquing process and the attempts to meet the challenges in the process of breaking down personal ‘perceived barriers and taboos’.

The talk will be complemented with illustrations of each collaboration and will also feature the work of artist photographer Peter Heaton, stained-glass artist Ann Sotheran, writer Jayne Murphy and musician Sean Noonan.

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Residuum Sculpture 5 (credit: Peter Heaton)

Colin Black, artist

Monday 7th November 2022

Colin's work is primarily mixed-media and landscape-based. He has always enjoyed using colour to convey mood, working with a collage of materials that includes oil, acrylic and water-based paint, oil pastel and collaged imagery especially maps.

His last three exhibitions used the landscape motif in very different ways. The first was titled ‘ Imagined Landscapes’, conveying it’s seemingly idyllic beauty. The next was titled ‘We have chosen a one-way road’, seeing landscape as a place across which refugees made their escape and away from the place they called home. His last focussed on the abbeys and priories in their Yorkshire landscape. Colin will talk about creative process, happy accidents, colour relationships and conversations with ones work.

Colin lives in York and runs Seek Art School with his wife Sallie.