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The Mount School is proud to welcome back three professional artists as they exhibit as part of the upcoming York Open Studios. 

Jewellery Designer Jo Bagshaw, photographer Simon Parlour and portrait artist Lucy Mcelroy will each display their collections as part of the city-wide event celebrating the talents of local creatives. All featured artists either live in York or have a permanent studio within a 10-mile radius of the city and an independent panel of arts affiliated professionals oversee the selection process.  

Applicants are assessed based on the submission statements of each artist who span a variety of mixed media specialisms. The annual community event gives artists a platform to showcase their creativity to the general public and offers the opportunity for visitors to chat to and interact with the artists in person.  

Meet the artists exhibiting at The Mount School York: 

Simon Palmour, Photographer:

What to expect: Photographs, both monochrome and colour, abstracted from the natural world to create ambiguous images of beauty. Includes work from the Yorkshire Wolds, Elmet and from around the world. 

Recently Simon has produced a primarily monochrome series of images abstracted from the natural world, buildings and landscapes, shown at the Ambiguity exhibition at Lumen in London. Simon has published “Spirit of Elmet”, a photo essay about the ancient Celtic kingdom in Yorkshire. This follows the success of “The High Wolds” a photo essay on the Yorkshire Wolds. 

Lucy Mcelroy, Portrait Artist: 

“I enjoy working in a variety of media to produce beautiful and emotive portraits. Using traditional techniques, I create a true likeness of my subjects whilst also looking deeper hoping to capture something of their personality or spirit. 

The connection I feel with the people I draw and paint, and the joy I find in creating something which has an emotional impact for others is at the core of my art practice.” 

Jo Bagshaw, Jewellery Designer and Maker: 

Jo is a jewellery designer and maker who creates beautiful collections of contemporary silver jewellery inspired by simple lines and shapes. 

“I am inspired by everyday objects, vintage items and novelties. I sometimes include these elements directly in my work, encasing and embellishing them with precious metals to give a fresh perspective to a familiar object. I often weave a narrative into my jewellery, incorporating messages or well-known sayings to an item that convey meaning to the wearer.” 

About York Open Studios: 

This year we have more than 150 artists exhibiting in over 100 venues, and we have been able to reintroduce popular parts of the event which were absent during the pandemic. 

Over two weekends we invite you to meet some of York’s most talented artists. Chat to them in person about their processes, look around the places where they work and perhaps choose a unique piece of art to take home. Venues range from small studios in the artists’ homes to large commercial workshops and often offer access to special places not usually open to the public, and of course what makes York Open Studios different from so many other exhibitions is that at every venue you will find the makers themselves ready to welcome you and show you around. 

15/16 and 22/23 April 2023, 10am – 5pm 

Various locations. For full details visit York Open Studios.

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