Open Weekend

Come along and join Hannah Arnup (ceramicist), Kate Pettitt (painter), Michelle Galloway (painter) and Reg Walker (sculptor) to celebrate the launch of Arnup Studios, Holtby.

Special launch weekend discounts will be available on selected original art, ceramics and sculpture.

Open 10am – 4pm, Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December. Free entry.

Open Weekend

Come along and join Hannah Arnup (ceramicist), Kate Pettitt (painter), Michelle Galloway (painter) and Reg Walker (sculptor) to celebrate the launch of Arnup Studios, Holtby.

Special launch weekend discounts will be available on selected original art, ceramics and sculpture.

Open 10am – 4pm, Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December. Free entry.

Pilgrim illumination of Selby Abbey

Dramatic and spectacular light and sound show that will illuminate the front aspect of Selby Abbey. The event, by acclaimed artist Nayan Kulkarni, is the culmination of a year long programme of events in the town to celebrate 950 years since the Abbey was founded. Free. 6-9pm. 22-24 November.

In order to make the event accessible, an Accessible Viewing Area will be available on the Market Place in Selby for each of the three nights with space for wheelchairs and seated spaces for those with limited mobility. On Saturday 23rd November, Selby Car Park will be reserved for accessible/Blue Badge parking and Mobiloo will be present, providing an accessible toilet with adult-sized changing bench and hoist.  No tickets are required for the event.

Festive Felt Centrepiece Workshop

Becki Harper will be running this Christmas workshop to make a beautiful festive felt centrepiece to adorn your table for the holidays. Using her own bespoke templates, you will cut out and assemble each piece of felt foliage, before arranging your final wreath.

Made with high quality felt, you can bring this timeless piece out year after year to enjoy.

This workshop is for adults, and some basic sewing skills are required. If you have a pair of fabric scissors please do bring them along.

The workshop lasts three hours and full instructions will be provided so if you do not finish in time then you will be able to complete the project at home.

Please email to with your chosen date to book. Tickets are limited and booking is essential.

Festive Felt Brooch Workshop with Becki Harper

Join us for a cosy, creative afternoon with the brilliant Becki Harper and come away with your own festive felt brooch just in time for the start of the Christmas Season.

All materials are provided as well as a glass of fizz and a nibble or two.

Just 8 places available for this lovely workshop so grab your place now and learn a brilliant craft that you can re-use over and over again (Christmas present anyone!!?)…

All participants also receive 10% off in the Gallery on the day of the event


For tickets please telephone the gallery on 01904 848660.

Art& Show

art&York 2019 is a fantastic opportunity for collectors, buyers, art lovers and anyone else who is interested in meeting artists and buying unique art works to come along to this friendly, accessible and affordable art show.  Artists host their own stands and sell their own art and contemporary craft direct to the public.

The event also includes installations, interactive areas, demonstrations and workshops and much more.  Set over three days, art&York has over 120 artists’ work for sale from £10 to over £10,000 and visitors are also welcome to browse the work and soak up the creative atmosphere at this light, bright and friendly event which has something for everyone.

Abstract Expressions

An exhibition of emotionally charged, abstract works from York-based Sam Swales Snowden, coupled with a carefully selected series of smaller, expressive ceramic works from Peter Humpherson and precious items of jewellery from Milly Munday.

Sam Swales Snowden was born in the Wirral and studied at Hull School of Art and Design receiving a B.A Hons in Fine Art in 2001. She has lived and worked in York for 8 years, having a workspace just inside the city walls. Her paintings evolve from a process of drawing. Expressive marks explore repeat motifs, at times building up into layers of colour, heavily worked. They keep the viewer at a distance not easily disclosing their subject matter. Referencing transatlantic abstract expressionism in style she has also looked for inspiration in the landscape, music and current affairs. Samantha is also the founder of York based, artist led group YO!Collective, who seek to promote contemporary painting and sculptural practice within the city and further afield.

Peter Humpherson worked for many years as a scientist whilst in his spare time, and at work too, he applied his scientific knowledge to the creative process of making pots. At the University of York he played a key role in setting up an artists studio for staff and students. Drawing inspiration from fellow creatives in the studio, including potter Tara MacKee and from the work of the renowned York-based David Lloyd Jones, Peter’s passion for ceramics eventually led him into the studio permenantly and in 1997 he set up his own studio in Haxby, York.

Here today, he makes thrown pots and sculptural forms in stoneware and porcelain. His simple yet creative approach results in understatedly elegant pots which simultaneously look at home in the middle of a dinner table or placed on a plinth as an ornamental piece. Much of the work in this exhibition reflect the colours and textures of the coastal landscape of the Ardnamurchan peninsula and remote Hebridean islands.

Like Peter, Milly takes inspiration from the beauty of the Scottish coastline, having spent her university career based in the beautiful coastal town of Dundee. She has developed her debut collections from the rich inspiration that Scottish beaches secrete, in doing so encapsulating the encrusted textures, shapes and forms found at the beach. Using precious metals she focusses on the detail of gritty seashell & barnacle surfaces, to design and craft stunning, contemporary jewellery, to be treasured, like the shells that one collects at the beach, by the wearer.

Open Studio: A Fond Farewell to Castlegate House

Kate Pettitt’s art studio in Castlegate House will be open to the public Friday 23–Monday 26th August, 10am–5pm (August bank holiday weekend).

Kate will be moving from her studio in Castlegate House, to a new studio at Holtby Studios (formerly Arnup Studios) at the end of September. It’s an exciting time, so come along and find out all about it.

Kate will be accompanied by fellow artist, Lynne Roebuck. There will be plenty of original landscape and figurative artworks, giclée prints, art cards and artist’s books for sale – plenty to see and enjoy.

All are welcome. There is no entry charge.

Ros Johnson | Process & Texture Manifest

An exciting showcase of new work by the talented York-based artist Ros Johnson.

Working largely with textiles, Ros takes an interdisciplinary approach to her practice, combining the disciplines of mixed media painting, drawing and textiles.

Overcrowded compositions with an assortment of lines, challenge fashionable minimalist ideals often witnessed in abstract art. These works aim to explore how different types of marks relate to each other, and are an enquiry into what they represent and illustrate for the viewer.

Open Thursday – Saturday 10am – 5pm. Or by appointment.