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Welcome to The York Art Society; a society of amateur and semi professional artists of all abilities and experience; working in a variety of mediums and helping each other to develop and improve individual techniques and abilities. From the very new beginner through to well-practised and experienced artists we create opportunities for our members to experiment in different skills, work with different media and develop their confidence in presenting their work to the wider audience of their choosing.

Under normal circumstances we do this by providing, for our members, workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions and a vibrant ‘self help group’ where, in a community atmosphere, member colleagues can work together and share ideas in a relaxed and supportive environment. We can introduce you to different techniques and make helpful observations on your work and our joint experience can offer guidance through many problems. In view of the current coronovirus pandemic we have suspended all of these activities until further notice.

Our society was established in 1921 and as we approach our Centenary Year in 2021 we still have the original vision of maintaining a society to which members are proud to belong and keen to take an active part in contributing to its success: we encourage our members to aspire to the highest artistic standards.

On the Newsletter page, all current society events and programmes are covered and timely reminders of forthcoming events are shown on a ‘running events calender’ but this too has been suspended temporarily. Any last minute changes of times or venues will also be published. The feature page carries articles relevant to our member’s interests and on a regular basis we will introduce one of our members every six weeks or so. Surprising talents are often exposed!

During the pandemic we intend to run regular competitions for our members with the objective of keeping our artististic juices running and active; we are also making the gallery page available for regular exhibitions of our member’s works. These exhibitions are managed by our new curator Judith Hartup and her team who will ensure that every member who is interested in exhibiting their work gets a chance to do so.

In addition to our annual exhibition which is temporarily in abeyance pending the ever changing outcome of the pandemic we intend to hold an online exhibtion early in 2021 which is our centenary year. Details will be forthcoming for this exhibition.

It is easy to join our society; irrespective of your knowledge or experience, simply purchase your annual membership by clicking on the Smiley below, fill in the relevant form and pay via bank transfer or cheque. You will receive your membership information by return. Please note that you will need a valid student card to qualify for the student rate. Membership fees are £37 per annum. Use the contact us facility if you have any questions prior to purchasing the subscription.

Our Administration page is for the use of subscribing members only and is password protected. Any members not in possesion of their password can obtain it from the webmaster via the contact us page. The administration page carries all of the essential documents required for entering any of the the society’s events or competitions. It also carries the agendas and minutes of all committee meetings and the agenda and minutes of the Annual General Meeting. All of the documents available are listed in a tabular form and all are freely downloadable.

The Contact Us page is designed to facilitate the direct message contact from a member to a member of the committee or an event organiser via the webmaster. Membership number is required to use this facility although membership enquiries can also be made with this facility.