Between September 2016 and January 2017, the Institute for Cultural Experimentation (ICE) was 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 made it a point of interchange, and its combination of artist-makers mirrored the current zeitgeist of a yearning for a ‘post-survival’, off-grid, hand-made culture.

Here was 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 were shared and dialogue happened.


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 was 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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