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Events coming up:

‘A Making and Doing Culture’, a talk by Professor David Gauntlett
Friday 13 January 12.30-1.30pm, Fountains Lecture Theatre, York St John University
David Gauntlett is a passionate advocate for the power of making and creativity within everyday life. Both digital and physical tools can support the vital drive of people to make, exchange, and learn together. Gauntlett emphasises the power of conversations, inspirations, and making things happen. Read more…

RED & GOLD II – 21 January 12-10pm
The Golden Ball pub
In the second off-site installation commissioned by ICE, ‘Red & Gold II’ will feature site-specific works installed in the Golden Ball pub in Bishophill. Read more…

Workshop: Cyanotypes – A Practical Introduction
Saturday 4 February, 9.30am – 3.30pm, cost £45 (max 8)
Learn about the process of making cyanotypes – the earliest form of photography – with experienced photographer and cyanotype artist Alun Kirby. Read more…

Workshop: Willow Weaving
Saturday 4 March, 10am-4pm, cost £55 (max 8)
Make a willow bird feeder to hang in the garden with experienced willow weaver Heather Dawe. Read more…

Since September 2016 the Institute for Cultural Experimentation (ICE) has been based at the School House Gallery, piloting the gallery as a ‘live’ studio/residency space and transforming it into a centre for production, exchange, creativity and ideas.

ICE’s culture of collaboration and experimentation has made it a thriving point of interchange, and 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), Edward Grant (painting), Mark Hearld (collage/prints), John Hollington (metal ware), Francesca King (shadow puppetry), Elizabeth Sandie (painting), Beth Savage (installation) and Emily Stubbs (ceramics).

See the ICE Artists page for full details.

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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