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Fine Arts - Unlimited opportunities

Student trip to BerlinRegular field trips and input from visiting practitioners are an important feature of the programme. Specialist input by visiting practitioners is very important too. Artists and curators come to YSJ to give one-off artist talks, lead focussed tutorial and critique sessions or work alongside a full-time academic member of staff to design and deliver a project or module. These all contribute significantly toward personal and professional development as does opportunities for international exchanges in Europe and North America. Relationships with York-based galleries and other visual arts organisations allow us to contribute toward the cultural life of the city, ensure students work is available for sale and commission before they graduate, and offer local and regional galleries privileged access to high quality contemporary fine art work.

Recent years have seen regular study excursions to London, Liverpool (Liverpool Biennale) and Glasgow (Glasgow International) in particular. Regional field trips often take place more often to our University partner Yorkshire Sculpture Park and other programming venues such as East Street Arts and Project Space Leeds, Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield. As part of our strategy to ‘internationalise’ student learning, students will have the chance to visit European cultural centres such as Amsterdam or Berlin.

We work with ‘According to McGee’ gallery through their annual ‘York St John Past and Present’ exhibition and ‘The McGee Artprize’ which awards a solo show to a graduate whose work featured in the Faculty’s  CREATE Graduate arts showcase. We have also worked with The New School House Gallery on ‘What is an MA?’ an exhibition and events programme for students on our MA Fine Arts programme.


The Market of Hidden Labours

In 2012 Fine arts students and graduates from York St John University had the opportunity to work with internationally renowned artist John Newling, to create the first interactive public arts event ‘The Market of Hidden Labours’ at City of York Council’s new West Offices.


Images from The Market of Hidden Labours

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