1842 - ?

York School of Art

York School of Design in Little Blake Street was founded in 1842 and it moved to Minster Yard six years later and in 1855 the name changed to York School of Art. It was Britain's second provincial art school after Manchester School of Art in 1838. York's purpose was to provide training in education and draughtsmanship for persons intending to become teachers or enter professions such as architecture and printing. Between 1884 and 1927 York Art School underwent a series of significant changes including a move in 1892 into the North Wing of York Art Gallery in Victoria Square and the responsibility of running the Science and Art Department was moved to York Council and placed under the headship of William Arthur Turner (1856-1919) when it was then known as York School of Art and Design.  In 1974 the School moved into a purpose-built building on Tadcaster Road and 1976 absorbed into the University of York and the merger of York College with York Sixth Form College followed in 1999 before the move to the current Sim Balk Lane site. The York School of Art courses are firmly established on campus, with students benefitting from the use of fully equipped studios and workshops, expert teaching staff and a gallery in which their work and that of guest artists is regularly displayed. Suffolk artists who studied at York include Richard John Mackness and Cyndi Speer and a tutor was Ethel Mary Spiller.
Website: https://www.yorkcollege.ac.uk