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, Sat 10am – 4.30pm


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.


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?

11-17 November

Join us at 10:30am on 11/11 for refreshments and exhibition launch

To mark the centenary of Armistice Day, we are delighted to work with York Travellers’ Trust to bring you Gypsies at War, an exhibition that examines the overlooked Gypsies and Travellers who are often forgotten when we remember our fallen heroes.

This exhibition gives a little glimpse into the patriotism that is still strong within some of the Gypsy and Traveller communities. You will have a  opportunity to look at rare photographs and hear stories from the communities themselves. Exploring one of the youngest men to be given a Victoria Cross, the sad stories of missing Grandfathers, right up to the campaign in Ireland.

The exhibition has been collated by York Travellers Trust from a concept by Violet Cannon.


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

Soup of the Day
Red lentil, lemon and thyme
Served with freshly baked bread roll or flatbread 

Or choose this week’s tasting plate comprising:
Roasted aubergines and squash with za’atar dressed with
preserved lemon and mint Greek yoghurt
Spiced bulgur, quinoia and freekah with tomatoes and pomagranate molasses
A vibrant, slow roast beetroot hummus
Served with a freshly baked flatbread  


From 10am on November 10th we will be serving our new Saturday Brunch Menu

Golden potato and chive latkes topped with a poached Burford Brown egg
Organic Porridge oats with locally sourced honey
Smashed avocado and tomato salsa on sourdough toast
Braised Burford Brown egg with leeks and za’atar


jazzJazz Fridays continue on November 23 7:30-10:00pm. Spend a relaxing evening chatting to friends in gorgeous surroundings, listening to amazing music with the Ian Chalk Quartet. Tickets are £5 on the door or via Eventbrite – and there will be light 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


We have a few places available on our November 16 long table, candlelit Supper Club, when guest chef Fillipo Gaudino will be transporting us to An Evening on the Adriatic Coast – contact Robert to book (07766 656030).

December’s festive Supper Club on Firday 14th also has some availability – tickets £40 include a welcome champagne cocktail and three courses – menu available soon.

And we are now taking bookings for our Vegetarian Burns Night Supper Club on January 25 2019. Tickets £40 to include welcome cocktail, three courses and a wee dram.


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 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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