York River Art Market launches: ‘Soon we’ll be the Paris of the North!’

A view across the River Ouse. The art market will be on the railings to the left. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr
2 Jun 2016 @ 11.42 am
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What could be more pleasant than walking along the river on a warm summer’s day browsing original works of art?

That’s the idea behind the York River Art Market which launches this month.

Artists will display their works on the railings of Museum Gardens next to the River Ouse.

The first two river art markets will take place on successive Sundays – June 26, July 3 and the third one on Saturday July 9 [revised date].

York River Art Market

On Dame Judi Dench Walk by Lendal Bridge

Sundays June 26, July 3 and July 9 @ 10am-5pm

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It is the brainchild of York artist and curator Charlotte Dawson, who has been involved in a number of creative community projects around the city.

Her 2013 project The Pop Up Art Space saw artists from a variety of mediums exhibiting and performing in an unused office space in Little Stonegate.

She also started up the regular art exhibitions at community pub the Golden Ball.

Charlotte told YorkMix that the new art market would engage the public in the arts and provide a platform for local established and emerging artists.

She said:

York River Art Market aims to create an experience for locals and tourists alike – a special happening which people look forward to visiting on a summertime Sunday.

It is also a great opportunity for local art collectors to meet and purchase original artworks straight from the artists themselves.

The artists

One of the works by Leeds artist Alicia Casper
One of the works by Leeds artist Alicia Casper

Artists from all over Yorkshire will be exhibiting at this year’s York River Art Market, Charlotte said, including Leeds artist and “all-round creative genius” Alisia Casper. Whitby contemporary landscape artist Bridget Wilkinson is also involved.

And York’s Natasha Almond is working with a micro social enterprise to create artisan vertical wall gardens. Other artists taking part include Jade Blood and Jelena Lung, both from York.

Art lover and Golden Ball mover and shaker Pete Kilbane said:

There’s loads of exciting things happening on the independent, underground scene in York, and with the Arts Barge and the River Art Market that is bubbling to the surface.

It’s getting culturally more interesting every day.

Soon we’ll be the Paris of the North!

Spaces to exhibit are now all taken but you can still be added to the reserve list – contact Charlotte by email for further info.