THE STORY SO FAR.
THE STORY SO FAR.
York was designated a UNESCO City of Media Arts - the UK's first - on 1 December 2014.
The motivation to apply for designation was rooted in international ambition. Conceived as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to raise the social, cultural and economic standing of York, it would benefit everybody in the city for decades to come. The bid told the story of York as a place that is culturally-rich and creatively-pioneering, a place where technology and art is used to breath new life into its heritage, where this strength has been cultivated through £100m investment in media arts infrastructure and by becoming one of the first UK’s first Super-Connected Cities, and described how York was committed to using creativity and culture to develop the city further.
Designation is a challenge to us all to make York’s future every bit as successful as its past. No mean feat.
To do so, we felt the term “Media Arts” needed a better definition. This would become the application of technology to any art form – a definition that is simple, inclusive and future facing. Fast forward a couple of years and York is now at the heart of the UK’s growing agenda in digital creativity and has the potential to make its mark internationally.
Via the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, York is now connected to 116 leading cities from 54 countries covering seven creative fields: Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music and Media Arts. York is also part of an active network of UNESCO cities in the UK.
This website illustrates our first steps on this journey and reveal some exciting plans for the future.
All of this is made possible by the enthusiasm and expertise of our partners and the wealth of creative talent in York. Thank you for your continued support.
York's UNESCO designation is managed by Make It York and guided by the new Guild of Media Arts.
All the photography on this website has been kindly provided by Ben Bentley, Paul Kelly, Allan Harris, Daniel Rochester, Thanos Zolotas, DBOX, Anthony Quintano, Jim Poyner and Stage One & Wolfgang Buttress. Illuminating York installations by Chris Jones, Jony Easterby Artist & Richard Allaway.