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York St Mary's Contemporary Art Space

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Address: Castlegate, York YO1 9RN, England
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A great Viking display

With the Jorvik Centre still not scheduled to open until April 2017, the adjacent St. Mary's Church offers a suitable space to tell the Viking story in York. The wooden boat... read more

Reviewed January 29, 2017
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Reviewed January 29, 2017

With the Jorvik Centre still not scheduled to open until April 2017, the adjacent St. Mary's Church offers a suitable space to tell the Viking story in York. The wooden boat dominates the display but the surrounding explanatory panels are very interesting and relate to accompanying artefacts. Also, there is an army of appropriately clad highly enthusiastic guides.

Thank MedEngland
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Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

The Viking Experience was badly damaged by the Boxing Day floods 2015 and has been closed for renovation and updating. They have recently moved some of the displays into this old church, which has now become a contemporary art space. The venue has great atmosphere, especially for more dated projects and the Viking Experience fitted in well. "Vikings" were on... More 

Thank LamplighterYork
edinburgh, scotland
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Reviewed April 24, 2014 via mobile

A lovely small gallery. Has an excellent exhibition just now. Right next to the shopping centre. Beautiful architecture and interior.

Thank tom7p
York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

As always the exhibition was thought provoking and inspiring in this wonderful setting, however the exhibition wasn't the only change. This is the first time I have written a second review of an attraction, the reason? The Staff. On our last visit they let this attraction down, this time the two gentlemen on duty were welcoming, informative, discreet but available.... More 

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Reviewed April 17, 2014 via mobile

Yet again York St. Mary's puts on another fantastic exhibition. Every year this beautiful church provides the backdrop for unique, compelling contemporary art and this year is proving no exception. As ever it was lovely to see the familiar and friendly faces of the York Art Gallery team manning the exhibition, welcoming and informative as always. Keep up the good... More 

Thank Louise H
York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 14, 2014

We visited the Aesthetica Art Prize on Sunday 13th of April. The church is a wonderful space to show contemporary art the current exhibition is excellent. It shows a variety of works photography, installation, film and painting. We were greeted by a member of staff as we entered given a leaflet, told a little bit about the exhibition and asked... More 

Thank 33Engineer1975
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

No charge for this wonderful exhibition of finalists for the Aesthetica prize. The space is wonderful and an excellent exhibition space. Other comments on the staff are echoed here, it would be nice if they were a bit more knowledgeable about the contents!

Thank absg
York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

What a shame, this is an underused space in a wonderful location. We have visited this attraction for a number of its displays which are always thought provoking and interesting, even if there are always unused areas, these give the opportunity to admire the building itself. Unfortunately only once have any of the staff taken the slightest interest in us... More 

2 Thank thomas g
london county hall
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Very disappointed by this alleged current replacement for York art gallery. Staff just stood there while you try and find your way round Bruce Nauman's work actually there isn't much to see. Fair enough the church is magnificent but that wasn't enough to keep us interested.

1 Thank Beatrice-TA
York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

This appears to be York Art Gallery's only contemporary art space. The venue itself, in Coppergate, is a deconsecrated church and itself has some beautiful stained glass and clear windows but it is small and, presumably limited in what it can display. The current exhibition is of Bruce Nauman's work and the literature which accompanies it struggles to make a... More 

1 Thank RosalindLondon

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