In 2008 the 5th Aura exhibition was held in The King's Manor, York


In 2009 the 5th Aura exhibition will be held in Grays Court.

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The 2009 exhibition will be open on
Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November 2009

On Friday and Sunday:
10.00am to 6.00pm.
On Saturday:
11am - 6pm.

Admission by exhibition catalogue(£2).

Children under 12 are admitted free
and must be accompanied by an adult
Free admittance to York Cards holders
subject to space availability.

Cataolgues will also be available on the door at the event.

Catalogues will soon be available online, or
from York Tourist Information Office, Exhibition Square, York.
Tel: +44 (0)1904 550099

Online booking is now closed.

In keeping with our predilection for the outstandingly beautiful, combined with an awareness of craftsmanship, distinction, individuality and the importance of the setting, it was the obvious choice of venue for an exhibition that is creating interest amongst a growing and eminently discerning audience.
The King's Manor, right in the centre of the beautiful city of York, is an historic building of enormous importance. Following the Dissolution of the monasteries, the Manor was retained by the Crown and allocated to the Council of the North. It became the official residence of the President of the Council in 1561 and was gradually enlarged and extended westwards. In the late 16th century, under the Earl of Huntingdon (President of the Council from 1572 to 95), residential wings and a service building were added. Ashlar work in the Manor after the 1560s is of reused stone from St Mary's Abbey. The Huntingdon Room in the Elizabethan extension, where you will find our exhibition, has an impressive plaster frieze with the arms of Henry Hastings, Earl of Huntingdon. Much of the building work was done during the reign of Elizabeth I.
Redolent of glamour and romance, it was visited by Kings including Henry VIII, and is thought to have been the site of the alleged liaison between Queen Catherine Howard and Thomas Culpeper, which had fateful consequences. The Stuarts stayed regularly at the Manor, en route from Edinburgh to London, and in their time a new U-shaped building created the present, curiously irregular first courtyard.

The Jacobean entrance welcomed you to Aura08.



Getting to King's Manor

The King's Manor is in Exhibition Square, next to the City Art Gallery and opposite the Theatre Royal and the Tourist Information office, right in the centre of York.
Buses 1, 2 and 3 go from the Railway Station to Exhibition Square. Alternately, it takes about 10 minutes to walk.

By car, the easiest approach to King's Manor is to take the A19 turn off from the A1237 section of the outer ring road, which goes directly to the centre of the City.

The nearest car park is opposite the Theatre Royal and marked on the map below, but it is small and will probably be full! Good alternatives are Bootham Bar Car Park, just in front of Radio York, and Marygate Car Park. For Bootham Bar turn left at the traffic lights in front of the Art Gallery, and then quickly right - just past "Sainsbury's" supermarket. For Marygate, look out for the Parking sign a little further along on the left. The quickest route from this car park involves a pleasant stroll through the Museum Gardens!
The 17th century Council Chamber is now the Refectory


We are right in the centre of York, opposite the Theatre Royal and the Tourist Information Office, and next door to the City Art Gallery,
in sight of York Minster. Behind us are the Museum Gardens, with the ruins of St Mary's Abbey, and the Yorkshire Museum which houses the famous Middleham Jewel, and you can access the City Walls at Bootham Bar, where Bootham joins High Petergate, during daylight hours.

The Interior Courtyard features a sculpture by Sally Arnup