School House Gallery

A contemporary art gallery set in beautiful gardens with a fully licensed cafe specialising in Mediterranean vegetarian food. A curated cultural experience for lovers of art and food.

Open Tue – Fri 11am – 4.30pm. Please note we are closed Sat 1 Dec for a family occassion


Penzance-based artist Kate Walters’ The Start that Falls from Heaven is an extraordinary, deeply moving exhibition of works in oil and watercolour that were predominantly completed on the isles of Shetland and IonaThe exhibition overflows with motifs of the feminine, the mythical and the natural world and asks: What does it mean to be human, knowing, and living in the anthropocene age?



Join us this Friday 7 December from 7:30pm for live jazz with the Ian Chalk Quartet – a relaxing evening chatting to friends in gorgeous surroundings whilst listening to amazing music. Tickets are £5 on the door or via Eventbrite – and there will be light tapas-style bites available along with our excellent range of drinks to sustain you.

As Director of York Jazz Initiative, Ian directs 5 different jazz ensembles for all ages and abilities. He performs with his band Firebird Quartet and is in demand as a guest soloist at jazz venues around the country and has performed with many great jazz artists including Dennis Rollins, Gary Smulyan, Kate Peters Septet and the Yorkshire Jazz Orchestra.

“One of the UK’s finest trumpet players…” – Whighams Jazz Club, Edinburgh

Future Jazz Fridays: December 21, January 18 & February 1 2019.

Celebrated York-born artist Jake Attree returns to take up residence in our studio space, where he will embark on an ambitious new large scale two-panel View of York Minster.

Next residency dates: Saturday 8th, Thursday 13th and Saturday 15th December.



Lunch is served from 12pm Tuesday – Saturday. To reserve a table call Robert on 07766656030. This week’s menu includes:

Fennel and celeriac soup with sourdough (£6.50)
Roasted aubergines on a bed of bulgur, quinoa and freekeh slow cooked with tomatoes and allspice, with a Greek yoghurt, preserved lemon and mint dressing (£8.50)
Spiced cauliflower florets with a herb crust (£3)
Muhammara, a spicy Levantine dip made from peppers and walnuts, on a butter bean purée (£3)
(All served with a freshly baked flatbread)

Or try a tasting plate of the above for £10


Our December Supper Club is now sold out but there are still some places available for our Vegetarian Burns Night Supper Club on January 25 2019. Tickets £40 to include welcome cocktail, three courses and a wee dram – contact Robert to book (07766 656030).


From 26 November until 22 December we are offering a special Festive Menu for parties of 10 or more for £29.95 per person:

To Welcome
Le Arche Prosecco or a cranberry, mint & elderflower spritz

To Start
Mezze style sharing dishes comprising:
Colourful herb and spice encrusted labneh balls
Crisp and golden potato and chive latkes
Creamy butter bean purée with muhammara, a spicy Levantine dip made from red peppers & walnuts
Freshly baked flatbreads with caraway seeds

To Follow
Maqluba, a Middle Eastern savoury upside down cake made with aubergines, tomatoes, rice and spices
Khyar b’laban, a Palestinian Greek yoghurt and cucumber condiment
Roasted cauliflower & hazelnut salad with a sherry vinegar and maple syrup dressing
Winter root vegetable slaw

To Finish
A chestnut, chocolate, almond and cognac cake

To Digest
Coffee or tea and homemade chocolate truffles


16RPM is the new driving force behind the School House Gallery that celebrates the importance of slowing down and paying attention, applying the philosophy of the slow movement to all that the gallery offers. With a fresh team in the kitchen and a raft of upcoming guest chefs, 16RPM presents a daily lunchtime menu that is innovatively vegetarian, often Mediterranean and always delicious.


16RPM commissioned two new ceramics collections by Jo Davies (London) and Makiko Hastings (Harrogate) and these exclusive, beautiful sets of functional tableware can now be enjoyed (and bought!) in the cafe. Jo Davis has created a sumptuous white, hand thrown porcelain tea set with a gold lustre twist, whilst Makiko Hastings’ thrown stoneware is beautifully contained with an understated pureness of colour and form. Both sets are available to be enjoyed in the cafe as well as to buy.

Above: Makiko Hastings’ 16RPM pots on the draining cloth. As one satisfied customer put it: ‘It tastes even better eaten off these!’


(Above: York Theatre Royal’s Be SpectACTive conference delegates enjoy a private dinner)

Talk to us about using our fabulous space for your special events and celebrations. We can cater for intimate private dining parties (from 10 to 25 guests) or larger scale events, including Wedding Receptions.

‘Thank you so much for making our [birthday] celebration so memorable for our friends – and for us too. The menu attracted much approval and everyone enjoyed the food; the wine was excellent, the mocktail delightful. The gallery is a charming intimate space, perfect for our group of forty. Its setting under the city walls, in a beautiful garden beside one of York’s medieval guildhalls is delightful. Please thank all your also-charming and very discreet young helpers who made everything go so smoothly.’

Lewis Smith
October 2018

About the New School House Gallery
Paula Jackson and Robert Teed co-founded The New School House Gallery in 2009 and have curated over 50 exhibitions and projects across a wide range of disciplines and media, working with over 450 artists and makers.
‘The 21st century curator is a catalyst – a bridge between the local and the global… The possibility of enlightenment comes from embracing chance’ (Hans Ulrich Obrist).

The New School House Gallery, Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PW
Tel: 07766 656030
Twitter: @schoolhousegall
Instagram: @schoolhousegallery


One thought on “School House Gallery”

  1. Such a relaxing place. A pot of Earl Grey, a piece of home-made cake, some interesting art works and Dave Brubeck in the background – I’ll definitely return!
    Phil Pipe

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