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Ceramic Art Centre opens in York

York Art Gallery in the UK launches Centre of Ceramic Art in £8 million development

Guests gathered in September to celebrate the reopening of York Art Gallery after an £8 million development to create new gallery spaces and to launch the Centre of Ceramic Art (Coca), home to the largest collection of British Studio Ceramics in the country.

Coca is a new world-class exhibition space dedicated to house York Art Gallery’s collection of British studio ceramics: the largest and amongst the most important in the UK.

Presenting changing exhibitions and displays, new acquisitions and commissions, activity is supported by informal learning opportunities, research and events and aims to encourage the understanding and enjoyment of British studio ceramics.

The development of the 19th century grade two listed building by international architects Ushida Findlay, in partnership with leading conservation specialists Simpson & Brown, puts the gallery’s extensive collection of Old Masters on display alongside significant contemporary art and major new commissions.

Guests at the opening included Chris Keenan, David Queensberry, Julia Hiscox, Robert Hiscox, Magdalene Odundo and Peter Ting, among others (some of whom are pictured).

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