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The Institute for Cultural Experimentation (ICE) is now based at the School House Gallery until early 2017, piloting the gallery as a ‘live’ studio/residency space and transforming it into a centre for production, exchange, creativity and ideas.

We believe that ICE’s culture of collaboration and experimentation will make it a thriving point of interchange, and that its combination of artist-makers mirrors the current zeitgeist of a yearning for a ‘post-survival’, off-grid, hand-made culture.

Here is a space where beautiful and useful things are made by hand – a space embodying a ‘making and doing culture’ (David Gauntlett, Making is Connecting)  – a space where ideas are shared or challenged and dialogue can happen. We hope you enjoy engaging with it.

Paula Jackson and Robert Teed


Current ICE Artists
ICE currently supports Lesley Birch (oil/cold wax paintings), Emilie Flower (video), Edward Grant (painting), Mark Hearld (collage/prints), John Hollington (metal ware), Evie Leach (jewellery), Penny Phillips (ceramics) and Emily Stubbs (ceramics).

See the ICE Artists page for full details.

Events coming up:
Craft in the Cultural Landscape, a talk by Christine Lalumia – 2 Dec 12.30-1.30pm
Christine Lalumia is the Executive Director of Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA), the London-based membership organisation that since 1948 has supported and encouraged the making of fine crafts in Britain. Read more…

ICE Open Weekend 10-11 Dec
The ICE Studios will be open on 10-11 December 10am – 4pm (please note this is a change to the published programme). Open Evening: Friday 9 December 6-8pm (refreshments will be served). Read more…

RED I – 10 December 10am-4pm
The Red Tower, Foss Islands Road (opposite Waitrose carpark)
In a unique off-site installation commissioned by ICE, ‘RED I’ will feature nine site-specific works installed in the Red Tower, the fifteenth century red-brick building where the walls end near the River Foss. Read more…

Hokusai, a talk by Roger Keyes – 16 Dec 12.30-1.30pmKatsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is probably Japan’s best-known artist, with a truly global reach. His Great Wave (c.1831) is by some estimates the most reproduced image in the world. Roger Keyes is the leading specialist on Hokusai working in English. Read more…

Find out more about the ICE Friday Lunchtime Talks, Open Days, workshops and events on the website. Or download the full published brochure.

The ICE Manifesto:
ICE will be a centre for production, exchange, discourse and research that:
1. provides affordable studio spaces for inter-disciplinary artists/makers/creative thinkers
2. nurtures and offers professional development support to its members
3. creates opportunities for showcasing artists’ work
4. curates a range of activities such as talks, open studios, discursive events, networking sessions, workshops, courses and residencies.
5. works with interested members to develop a more socially engaged practice and become agents of social change.

ICE is supported by Arts Council England.

 Context and Curating
ICE will pilot a new direction for the School House Gallery that leads to an increase in social engagement and the development of a new, interested audience. It builds on the the Gallery’s organisational experience of developing artistic social practice, interdisciplinary collaborations, artists’ professional development and audience participation.

This pilot will lay the groundwork for ICE to become an associate membership organisation offering a digital platform to showcase members’ work, developing new markets and pathways for professional development.

Activities and events at ICE will happen as part of a curated programme curated by Robert Teed and Paula Jackson. This robust curatorial framework will facilitate contexts for interesting work to happen in, and will ensure that organised events achieve the desired outcomes for both artists and audience.


We currently have a vacancy for a studio space.

Artists, designer-makers and creatives from any discipline are welcome to apply for selection at ICE. The guide rate for an open-plan studio space is £150 pcm.

To apply please download the ICE application form. Applications are assessed on a rolling basis.


Opening Times:
See the ICE Events and Open Days page for current public access times.

About the New School House Gallery
Paula Jackson and Robert Teed co-founded The New School House Gallery in 2009 and are joint directors. Together they have curated over 45 exhibitions and projects across a wide range of disciplines and media, and have worked 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).

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


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