York Art Gallery’s Contemporary Art Walk

York Art Gallery’s next Contemporary Art Walk takes place on 23 April from 5.30pm, starting with the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition at York St Mary’s. Led by a York Art Gallery Curator, and with an introduction from the Aesthetica Art Prize Director, this event leads audiences on a unique tour around contemporary art exhibitions and outdoor spaces in York, UK, offering an insight into new art projects in the city. We list some of the locations in the run up to the event.

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition
York St Mary’s
Meet at 5.30pm
Organised by Aesthetica Magazine, in partnership with York Museums Trust, the Art Prize is a platform for emerging contemporary artists from across the world to bring their work to a wider audience. Taking place in the exceptional setting of York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space, the exhibition reframes the relationship between the historic and the contemporary by uniting the international rising stars of the art world in a major group show.

York St Mary’s is a beautiful medieval church, which opened as a contemporary visual art venue in 2004. The church itself could date back as far as 1020 with the bulk of the building dating to the early 13th century, with 14th and 15th century modifications and alterations.

York Curiouser: the city explored through contemporary art interventions – colour, texture and word
York snickleways and various locations
Preview at 6.15pm
Join Artist Karen Thompson and Curator Hazel Colquhoun as they plan York Curiouser by walking some of the installation sites through York’s snickets and alleyways and the historic King’s Manor.

In the corners of the city, in the bell towers and bars, Thompson and Colquhoun discover spaces transformed by light and shadow. Find specially commissioned artworks by John Wedgwood Clarke, Susanne Davies, Matt Hawthorn, Sally Greaves-Lord, Heinrich & Palmer, Janet Hodgson, Damian Murphy, Jacques Nimki, and Karen Thompson in hidden corners of York.

Naturally Inclined: Jennifer Tetlow, Richard & Janet Burdon and Louise Dwyer (until 30 April)
White Room Gallery (Priestley’s at No.36, Bootham)
From 7pm
Jennifer Tetlow is a sculptor in stone who feels a close bond and deep fascination for her material. She works by direct carving, creating sculpture with simple, clean lines and smooth surfaces. These elegant, nature inspired pieces seem to be simultaneously archaic and modern.

Richard and Janet Burdon’s work is a compilation of similar but subtlety different styles of photography. A mixture of both colour and monochrome landscapes, plus a selection of creative images of the natural world express each photographer’s artistic impression of their subject.

Louise Dwyer creates bespoke and unique handmade jewellery, inviting customers to incorporate their design and individual ideas into each piece. The exhibition is supported by Ryedale Artworks; all the artists are part of the group.

York Art Gallery’s Contemporary Art Walk, York, UK, from 5.30pm on 23 April. For further details visit www.yorkartgallery.org.uk.

1. Song for the Last Queen (2013), Sybille Neumeyer. Courtesy of Aesthetica.