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Students studying the Art Foundation and Extended Diploma in Art and Design at York College have taken on the roles of curators, artistic directors and marketers to produce a pop-up exhibition of art, language and performance in York city centre. The main exhibition space is at the bookshop ‘Books For Amnesty’ in Goodramgate, as well as The Habit public house in Goodramgate and St. Mary’s contemporary art gallery in Castlegate.


York Museums Trust, working with York College, is exhibiting work from selected artists inspired by the ARTIST ROOMS: Bruce Nauman exhibition, currently on display at York St. Mary’s contemporary art space in Castlegate.


York College co-ordinator for the pop-up gallery project, Griselda Goldsborough says: “The project has given students the chance to gain skills beyond the classroom. It has been a unique experience for them to be involved in such a high profile exhibition in the city, working with professional artists and curators, sourcing venues and a variety of mixed media artwork. Working as a team, they have real enthusiasm for the project which is reflected in the final exhibition. For many students the project will kick-start a journey towards careers in galleries and curating exhibitions.


The pop-up project, entitled ‘Pop-In’, exhibits the work of four practicing artists and two arts graduates; Poppy Whatmore, Bonnie Powell, Charlotte Salt, Chris House, Hannah Savage and Yvonne Carmichael.


Students Jade and Mary are delighted with the success of the exhibition saying: “Working on the pop-up gallery opened our eyes to the work of a curator and spurred us on to research and learn about many artists. The pop-up gallery gave us the confidence to share ideas with others and work with artists, which has helped us to learn and expand our marketing skills. These skills will be beneficial when writing university applications.”


This video gives an insight into the pop-up exhibition.

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