York, JUL 15: Exterior view of the York Art Gallery on JUL 15, 2011 at York, United Kingdom; Shutterstock ID 1649394067; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

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York City Art Gallery


As well as an impressive collection of Old Masters, York Art Gallery possesses works by LS Lowry, Pablo Picasso, Grayson Perry, David Hockney, and the controversial York artist William Etty who, in the 1820s, was the first major British painter to specialise in nudes. A unique feature is the gallery's hands-on sculpture sessions (where you can handle the works), and its brilliant interactive ceramics centre (www.centreofceramicart.org.uk), housing more than 1,000 pieces dating from Roman times to the present day.

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