Artists Garden

The Artists Garden is situated within the original abbey walls at the rear of York Art Gallery. Together with the Edible Wood, it was created to coincide with the gallery’s £8 million development. The site will be used to display new and exciting artworks for free.

The two acres of land were previously closed off to the public, but now link with the original York Museum Gardens and through to Exhibition Square via a new snickleway to the side of the gallery.

There is now also a new café in the Pavilion, run by Café No8, which serves sandwiches, cakes and drinks – click here to find out more. In front of the café is our mosaic map, a beautiful 4m×4m walk-on pebble mosaic which depicts the Yorkshire section of William Smith’s famous geological map of 1815 – click here to find out more.

Foundation Myths is the first commission for the site and officially opened on 18 August 2016. The installation was created by Charles Holland of Ordinary Architecture, an art, architecture and design practice with an international profile. The installation, produced especially for the Artists Garden, draws on the rich history of the site and its many uses over the centuries.

Visit the York Art Gallery website here to find out more about Foundation Myths.

York Art Gallery's Balcony and Artists Garden
York Art Gallery's Balcony and Artists Garden
Foundation Myths by Charles Holland (image © Anthony Chappel-Ross)
Foundation Myths by Charles Holland (image © Anthony Chappel-Ross)