Records of the York Art Society

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Records relating to the history and work of the York Art Society including minutes, lists and log books, press cuttings and photographs.

Administrative / Biographical History

York Art Society founded in 1921 and was 'devoted to the promotion of fine art within Yorkshire and beyond'. Its main aims are:

  • To encourage the practice of Art in York and the surrounding neighbourhood,
  • To hold private exhibitions of Members' and Associates' work from time to time for the purposes of criticism.
  • To promote, if practicable, occasional Public Exhibitions of loaned and Members' work
  • To bring together from time to time, for lectures and other purposes, those in the neighbourhood who are interested in Art
  • To build up by degrees a collection of carefully-drawn records of artistic interest in and around York.

By 1939, the Society was holding three exhibitions of Members' work per year - in February, May, and October. Membership to the Society was by subscription, with a fee of 10s per year. By 1949, the exhibitions of Members' works were held twice yearly, and the subscription fee was 15s per year.

Presently, the Society meets once a month and continues to hold twice yearly exhibitions in April and October.

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Tester, Community Collections and Outreach Archivist, December 2014.

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