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. 

Sadly we are currently closed until further notice in accordance with Government advice..

In these uncertain times we thought you might appreciate a glimpse into our archive as a form of cultural uplift. Four years ago, in February 2016, we hosted the Eleanor Worthington Prize for Art and Disability. This was the second year running we had hosted this annual prize and exhibition, which takes place across two cities – Urbino in Italy and York. Each year students in Higher and Tertiary Education are asked to respond artistically to a different theme related to disability.

The Prize was founded by Giuliana Parodi in memory of her daughter, Eleanor Worthington (York, 1982 – Urbino, 2008), who suffered lifelong from a severe form of epilepsy and learning and behavioural difficulties. Eleanor spent her last five years immobile and confined to a wheelchair, unable to speak, and only expressing herself with her eyes and face. Beyond her disabilities, she was a person of high intelligence and sensibility, and with a great force of personality. She succeeded in having a life full of affection, social relations, and experiences, both in the UK and in Italy, where she attended the Liceo Artistico in Urbino. Eleanor’s family, friends and school wanted to transform her individual story into a collective experience, with the aim of raising public consciousness of the issue of disability.

Having established the Prize in Urbino for several years, Giuliana approached the School House Gallery as a possible venue for the UK exhibition, knowing our history of engagement with projects exploring art and social value. We were delighted to become involved and provide a conduit into the cultural life of York, and we were also pleased to cement a connection between the Prize and York St John University, which has hosted this annual exhibition since 2017.

Giuliana Parodi, Director of the Associazione Premio Eleanor Worthington, introducing the exhibition at the 2016 Private View

Nunzia Invernizzi, Artistic Director of the Associazione Premio Eleanor Worthington

Giuliana and Nunzia in conversation with a gallery visitor


If you fancy using our beautiful space and exquisite exhibitions as a backdrop to your own event please do get in touch. We can cater for Wedding Breakfasts and receptions, conference banquets, birthday buffets, business events and much else besides. Contact Robert for further information


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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