Introducing the Anthony Shaw Collection

The Anthony Shaw Collection is an important holding of contemporary ceramics, sculpture, two-dimensional art and other objects acquired by private collector Anthony Shaw. The collection began in the early 1970s and continues to grow, with new additions regularly being added. Originally kept in a domestic residence at Billing Place in West London, it is now on long term loan to York Art Gallery. Each year the collection is redisplayed in a purpose-built domestic space by Anthony Shaw or a guest curator.

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Current Display: Children Curate

Anthony Shaw’s impressive collection of art was assembled over a 40-year period and is on long-term loan to York Art Gallery.

Anthony believes his collection looks best displayed in domestic spaces, allowing for dialogue between artists. Visitors to his intimate domestic display space are invited to imagine what it is like to live alongside a collection of art.

In this remarkable new display, Anthony invited 28 Year Six children from Burton Green Primary to become Guest Curators and create their own exhibition using his collection.

The children also made their own artwork in response as part of a series of workshops led by artist Susan Halls. This imaginative and surprising new work sits alongside the items that inspired their creation.

‘Children Curate’ is included in the York Art Gallery admission price.