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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.

Events start at 7.30pm (unless otherwise stated). 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

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 website
Following Justine's talk, there will be a brief AGM and a Christmas party. Details to follow.

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.


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.

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

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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 Bayliss, photographer
Exploring Creativity: A Photographer's Journey

Monday 6th June 2022

Traditional photography aims to capture what is there. The glorious building or a dramatic Landscape.

For some this is their life’s passion. Others are known to emulate the best by going to the same locations to copy their images. For me I was looking for more…

In my journey I wanted to do something different. Working in projects, ongoing and evolving. These include ‘Creative Composition’, ‘Monochrome madness’, ‘Camera movement’ and ‘Altered Reality’. Using my own work this talk aims to demonstrate that fine art photography goes beyond the record shot.

Peter is currently President of York Photographic Society and offers a wide variety of photography talks in person and on Zoom.

Visit Peter's website

Ben Porter, Founder/Managing Director of York Creatives/portrait and lifestyle photographer

Monday 9th May 2022

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

Hannah Arnup, ceramicist

Monday 4th April 2022

The dichotomy between art and craft has always been part of Hannah's life. Having studied Fine Art but drawn to the practical elements within ceramics, she has always enjoyed and appreciated both disciplines.  Much of her knowledge has also come from her parents, who were potter/painter Mick and sculptor Sally Arnup.  Based in rural Ireland and City of York, Hannah has run Ballymorris pottery and her Pottery School since 1994. Here she produces handmade stoneware pottery and ceramics, using bold shapes and colours often decorated with spiral scraffito designs. Hannah's talk will follow the rather unplanned development of her business and life.

Visit Hannah's website

Julie Held, painter

Monday 7th March 2022

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

Charles Gurrey, architectural sculptor
Monday 7th February 2022

Our speaker in February is Charles Gurrey:

"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".


Mini Talks by YAWA Members
Monday 10th January 2022, Friends Meeting House, York

We're starting the year with our popular and relaxed Mini Talks evening. Members will tell us about a piece of their work or an object which may have inspired them or they might demonstrate a technique or process. A whole range of subjects will be covered in these short talks of 10 - 15 minutes; come and be entertained and pick up all sorts of snippets of information that you didn't know before.

Christmas Party and AGM
Monday 6th December 2021, York Cemetry Chapel, Cemetry Road, York

Christmas Party after enjoying a talk by our guest speaker, Patrick Smith.

The evening started with a brief AGM.

Visit Patrick Smith's website

Tim Hunkin

Monday 1st November 2021, Friends Meeting House, Friargate 

Engineer, cartoonist, writer and artist, Tim Hunkin, talked about his fascinating and varied work.

Known for projects ranging from The Under The Pier Show of coin-operated automatons, to the TV series The Secret Life of Machines and his long-running The Observer comic strip, The Rudiments of Wisdom, Tim's talk will undoubtedly be rich and entertaining.

Tim Hunkin