The art of hospitality

York’s leading hotel has hospitality down to a fine art after joining forces with students from a nearby university.

The five AA star, The Grand, has entered into a permanent partnership with York St John University’s School of Art and Design.

And now the work of the School’s students has gone on display in the hotel to be admired by residents and visitors alike.

The first exhibition, York Through Monochrome, by BA photography student Nick Small, depicts elements of the historic city through a series of black and white images.

Taken over the course of just one day – and with minimal use of post-production techniques – they reveal the way in which the changing light highlighted the forms and textures of the built environment.

The second body of work, Cyan-O-type is a team effort by the School’s students and is a rolling exhibition of images created using the cyanotype process.

Originally used to make blueprints, the process uses ferris ammonium and potassium ferricyanide to form a light sensitive surface that can be layered with artwork to produce unusual imagery.

Philip Bolson, general manager at The Grand, York, said the artwork is not only appealing to look at, but also highlights the creativity and talent of the School of Art and Design’s emerging artists.

“The Grand, York – which was built during the golden, Edwardian age of steam travel – is rooted in its heritage and its local connections,” he said.

“And, so, the new partnership with the neighbouring St John University is very exciting and relevant.

“We are honoured to work with the School of Art and Design’s students and hope to contribute to introducing their profiles to new audiences at home and abroad.”

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