A very dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive

SNICKELWAY TO GO: Dr Janet Barnes has spent years mas­ter­mind­ing the trans­for­ma­tion of York Art Gallery which will open up pre­vi­ously hid­den parts of the city. She takes Stephen McClarence on a tour of the se­cret spa­ces.

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KELETONS in the cup­board? Artist Mark Hearld keeps his in the cel­lar of his York home, along with the Ro­man sar­coph­a­gus it was buried in. He’s put it to good use in his ex­hi­bi­tion at the city’s Art Gallery which re­opens its doors next Satur­day – York­shire Day! Flaunt those flat caps! Wield those whip­pets! Clutch those clichés! – af­ter an £8m ren­o­va­tion.

The ren­o­va­tion has in­creased the gallery’s ex­hi­bi­tion space by more than half and is open­ing up a two-acre “se­cret” area of York, hid­den for a cen­tury be­hind high walls.

That’s the main rea­son I’m here on a swel­ter­ing af­ter­noon, with the back­packed bat­tal­ions of tourists march­ing rather list­lessly through the streets. An ice cream van out­side the Art Gallery is do­ing healthy trade (“Rum and raisin, dear?” “Pas­sion fruit for me!” Must be the heat).

We’ll come to Se­cret York in a minute, with the prom­ise of that ever-al­lur­ing word “snickelway”. But the skele­ton can’t wait. When Hearld, the York gallery’s artist in res­i­dence, bought his Ge­or­gian home on The Mount, he al­ready knew about its dis­cov­ery in 1807, by builders lay­ing foun­da­tions.

“They found a Ro­man vault which con­tained a 7ft long sar­coph­a­gus and when they opened it they found a fe­male skele­ton in­side,” he says non­cha­lantly. It’s

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