York’s ever expanding art scene is about to get another boost with the opening of Holgate Gallery on Holgate Road.

Concentrating on photography, but also hosting the work of other, mostly local artists, the gallery was officially opened by Rachael Maskell MP, and offers a wide range of stock that will be changed on a regular basis.

Owner Duncan Lomax is well known in the city as a commercial photographer. He has been official photographer for York Minster for several years and has shot portraits, marketing images and PR material for all sorts of businesses in the city and beyond, including TopicUK. He has taught photography to degree level and his pictures have appeared many times in local and national press including The Times, BBC, Yorkshire Post, York Press and YorkMix

“It’s a strange and challenging time to be opening a business” said Duncan. “But it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time alongside my commercial work. This not only gives me an outlet for my own creative work, but also provides a hub for other artists to exhibit who might not otherwise have the space.”

The gallery is in a grade 2 listed building on Holgate Road. A former piano shop, it’s a relatively small space but is packed with interesting artwork.

Rachael Maskell said “As you walk into Holgate Gallery you can just see the creativity that’s been put into this space, and I’d really encourage people to go along and have a look. York’s retail economy is struggling in many ways but we’ve got some great opportunities as well and the independent sector is unique and we want to encourage York to invest in York.”

The gallery is at 53 Holgate Road, YO24 4AA Opening times will vary but will be updated at www.holgategallery.co.uk