In 2017, York Civic Trust and York Art Gallery jointly organised a competition for York primary schools, based on John Piper’s 1951 painting View from Clifford’s Tower. Schools were asked to provide An Alternative View of York. The five winning schools: Copmanthorpe, Rufforth, Danesgate, Osbaldwick and Knavesmire were awarded with two days of workshops with an artist.

Their resulting images were photographed in high definition and displayed on the panels on the façade of York Art Gallery, and the original work from all 15 participating schools was on display in the Art Gallery’s project room in summer 2017.


Osbaldwick School’s winning entry


Rufforth School’s winning entry
Copmanthorpe School’s winning entry


Danesmead School’s winning entry


Knavesmire School’s winning entry
Schools Painting Competition: The children’s artwork on display on the panels on the façade of York Art Gallery