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York Art Gallery - CoCA Opening - July 27th 2015

William Staite-Murray vase Bernard Leach willow plate Danlami Aliyu cider jar

Cases featuring Bernard Leach, Michael Cardew, Hans Coper and William Staite-Murray View across the main hall towards Claire Twomey's 10,000 bowl installation
The Anthony Shaw exhibition The Anthony Shaw exhibition
Section of the wall of pots Interactive screen aid for the wall of pots
The Anthony Shaw exhibition Through Claire Twomey's 10,000 bowls
Lars Tharp in full flow Wall of people meet wall of pots
View across the main hall towards Claire Twomey

View across the main hall towards Claire Twomey's 10,000 bowl installation

View across the main exhibition hall at the opening preview event Entrance to the Anthony Shaw exhibition and the wall of pots
Peter Meanley's Bill Ismay sculpture, what is he is thinking? Along the bottom shelf of the wall of pots
Detail from a Bernard Leach Tree of Life bottle vase Pots in the Michael Cardew case
View across the main exhibition hall at the opening preview event Bernard Leach tiles
Pots in the William Staite-Murray case Through Claire Twomey's 10,000 bowls

The York Art Gallery re-opens on August 1st 2015 after a long closure for re-development. A new Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) with two large exhibition spaces has been created to showcase the York Museum's Trust's vast collection of studio pottery.

The large exhibition hall features Clare Twomey's Manifest: 10,000 Hours installation, Grayson Perry's Melanie from his The Three Graces alongside permanent exhibition cases featuring work from prominent British studio potters.

The second exhibition space has a magnificent 17 metre wall of pots together with a fascinating area where works donated by the collector Anthony Shaw are displayed in a mock up of Anthony's home enabling visitors to sit down and experience living with works of art.

I would like to thank all concerned, the York Art Gallery now has a truly world class venue to showcase the largest collection of British studio pottery in the world.

These images were taken at the preview event on July 27th when CoCA was officially opened by Lars Tharp.