The York Art Workers' Association is an eclectic group of craftsmen, artists, conservators, academics and others who share a serious interest in the arts. Members represent architectural craftsmanship, other applied arts, all fine arts, architecture and conservation. We welcome not only practitioners in these fields, whether amateur or professional, but anyone with a keen interest or appreciation of art and design. We exist to extend and share our knowledge and experience through a widely varied programme of monthly talks, normally on the first Monday of the month (doors open at 7pm). We also organise occasional courses, workshops, outings and social events. Our talks are open to anyone.
There is no need to book - please feel free just to turn up!If you would like to know more about the association, please email email@example.com, or come to the next meeting; we will be very pleased to welcome you.
Monday 6 November - The Window of the Nine Orders of Angels: Dr Mike Tyler
The city of York is, quite deservedly, world famous for the quantity and quality of its medieval stained glass. While the epic scale of the great narrative and pictorial widows of York Minster may receive the most public attention and acclaim, there are many less well known gems of the art form scattered throughout the medieval churches of the city. This talk focuses on one specific and totally unique example of the kind of window which the ordinary citizens would have seen as they went about their weekly worship. Dating to the early years of the 15th century, the iconography of the Nine Orders of Angels window at All Saints' Church, North Street sheds a fascinating light on the sophistication of learning and understanding which these images could convey. Far from being a simple bible picture book for the illiterate, this window illustrates a remarkable subtlety of design and scholarship on the part of the window's anonymous authors. Restored to its original glory in the early 1960's thanks to a remarkable discovery in the notebooks of a 17th century antiquarian, the modern history of the window is perhaps as fascinating as its medieval origins.
Dr Mike Tyler lectured at the universities of York and Huddersfield prior to taking up the post of Curator at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming (2010-2021). He has been an Honorary Visiting Fellow and Research Associate at the University of York Centre for Medieval Studies. In 2015 he was awarded an inaugural Teacher Fellowship of the Historical Association. His published work focuses mainly on medieval drama and cultural practice in the city of York, and also modern heritage practice.
Monday 4 December - Anna Matyus: Artist printmaker
Anna's work explores the powerful spiritual resonance of historical sacred buildings. Using etching and collograph printmaking techniques, Anna seeks to bring to life the powerful geometry of artefacts found in the masonry and tiles of these sacred sites. The prints explore the dynamic rhythms of the architectural form, layered with their decorative and symbolic adornment in a graphic expression of awe and wonder.
This meeting will also include a brief AGM and pre-Christmas buffet supper.
Where, when and how much?
We meet at Southlands Methodist Church, Bishopthorpe Road, York YO23 1NX. There is parking at the church, on nearby streets and in the local car park by the shops, a few minutes' walk away. There is cycle parking too and it is on a bus route. There is level access and the meeting room is on the ground floor.
All events are on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise stated.
Events start at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm – please aim to be seated by 7.15pm.
Admission: members £2, non members £5.
Membership and programme enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org