York River Art Market ready for August return with 30 artists and designers signed up for each of the six days by the Ouse

Last Maps’ poster for York River Art Market’s 2023 season

YORK River Art Market will return for its eighth summer next month, sited once more along Dame Judi Dench Walk by Lendal Bridge.

“This city-centre riverside location lends itself to the open-air events of our award-winning market,” says founder and director Charlotte Dawson. “It has often been compared to the Left Bank in Paris.”

Each of the three weekends – August 5 and 6, August 12 and 13 and August 19 and 20 – will host a different variety of more than 30 independent artists and makers from all over Yorkshire and beyond from 10am to 5.30pm.

Work by York River Art Market artists and makers taking part this summer

“Each event has something new to see, and there is always something to suit all budgets,” says Charlotte. 

Among the artists and makers taking part will be illustrator and Bull bassist Kai West, noted for his gig posters; ceramicist Jill Ford, new for 2023; printmaker Izzy Williamson, also new for 2023, and Cuban painter Leo Moray, who made his York Open Studios debut this year.

Look out too for York jewellery maker and York Open Studios regular Joanna Wakefield and Last Maps, Thomas Moore and Angel Jones’s small design studio, dedicated to producing work that celebrates adventure and the natural world. They designed this summer’s York River Art Market (YRAM) poster, by the way.

Last Maps design duo Thomas Moore and Angel Jones

For a sneak peak and further details of all the artists on board on each date, keep an eye on YRAM’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/YorkRiverArtMarket/events/?id=100040543310183&sk=events

YRAM’s chosen charities this summer are York Rescue Boat, the city’s independent lifeboat and search and rescue team, and Henshaws, which supports people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to achieve their ambitions and go beyond their expectations. The charities will be present at YRAM to raise funds and awareness of their work.

The markets are free to attend.

York River Art Market founder, director and artist Charlotte Dawson