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Art Galleries in York If culture’s your thing then York is one of the most art-friendly cities in the region, encouraging visitors to get inspired and get involved. The city has hosted many exhibitions including a yearly digital arts festival that showcased installations from the UK and further afield, however if you want to know where to go for exhibiitions throughout the year, check out our guide...

One of the city's most prominent landmarks is the York City Art Gallery [map] located at Exhibition Square. Visitors will find collections spanning seven centuries, in addition to a programme of constantly changing exhibitions that occasionally includes digital installations, as well as a variety of sculptures and iron work.

Just around the corner from the City Art Gallery is the less traditional but equally interesting Adze Gallery [map] on Gillygate. The Adze Gallery is home to a variety of paintings and sculptures by both internationally renowned and up-and-coming artists. And the gallery operates an arts loan scheme, which aims to make art purchasing accessible to all.

One of the most famous photography galleries in the country is based right in the city centre. The Impressions Gallery [map], at Castlegate, is home to some of the most important work by UK photographers and has many fascinating exhibitions that includes showcasing the Jerwood Awards every year.

For a slightly different artistic focus you could try the Blake Gallery [map], Blake Street, which offers visitors the chance to see work by a collection of local and national artists with many works inspired by the beautiful scenery of York and the Yorkshire Moors. And the Pyramid Art Gallery [map], Stonegate, is the perfect place to view and purchase original pieces of jewellery and other handicraft.

Check out the art gallery at the National Railway Museum [map], Leeman Road, York, for rail and train-inspired paintings by some famous names. Art exhibitions change constantly here so check the listings before paying a visit.

A government initiative called York Open Studios regularly displays work by local artists in non-studio venues such as restaurants, libraries and schools, so keep your eyes open when visiting unusual venues for displays by some of the regions best artists.

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