York Mediale is an international media arts festival which celebrates York as the UK’s first and only UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts.
We are an independent, not for profit arts organisation founded in 2014 to celebrate the designation of York as the UK’s first and only UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts.
Every two years, we deliver an international media arts festival, the first of which took place in October 2018.
With audiences of 65,000 and a further 91 million reached online, we soon became the UK’s largest media arts festival.
As well as bringing new commissions from leading artists to the city for the festival, we provide opportunitiesfor the best emerging talent to showcase their art.
Through incorporating technologies into their works, artists of all kinds will challenge, provoke, interrogate and celebrate our cities, our landscapes and our lives.
In 2018, we worked with 113 leading artists from as far afield as Japan and Kenya, and from as close by as Acomb and Tang Hall.
Our Creative Director, Tom Higham, is passionate about pushing the boundaries of media arts. Searching in unusual places to find diverse talent, and addressing the enormous gender and race inequality in digital and media art is integral to the programming approach of all our festivals.
In 2018, we worked with over 60 partners. We’re now looking to build mutually beneficial relationships with the cultural, digital and technology sectors.
If you would like to sponsor YM2020 or become a festival partner, please contact Dan Tucker, Head of Partnerships.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Administrative & Events Assistant
International Project Manager, UNESCO
Executive Producer: Partnerships
Creative Producer: Live