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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:

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.

Visit Peter's Facebook page

Visit the Cartshed Studio Art Projects Facebook page


Residuum Sculpture 5 (credit: Peter Heaton) 

Izabella Gill-Brown, Art Historian and Conservator of Fine Art

Sculptural Narratives: The secret and surprising history behind two marble busts

Monday 3rd October 2022

Has a piece of figurative sculpture ever enthralled you to the extent you’ve used your own initiative to reveal the story behind it? That’s what happened to Izabella when she came across two rather unusual but stunning marble busts painted in watercolour that were commissioned by Queen Victoria. With only a name to start with, she has over the last 3 years worked to uncover and piece together their unique narrative. Ranging from the Royally appointed sculptors, to who the subjects were and the lives they led, she now looks at the shocking context of the culture these sculptures now represent. This talk is a remarkable account of what she discovered.

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.


Justine Warner, textile artist, AGM and Christmas Party

Monday 5th December 2022

A talk by Justine Warner based on her short journey as a Textile Artist – from the humble beginnings of her first village show to her selection on Landscape Artist of the Year. Based in Sheriff Hutton at the foot of the Howardian Hills, Justine now works from her garden studio creating landscapes influenced by the North East countryside and coastal areas. Her work is predominantly made from recycled fabrics including vintage ties as the ground for the work then using layering and blending to create a painterley effect on the canvas. Visit Justine's websiite

Following Justine's talk, there will be a brief AGM and a Christmas party (details to follow).