Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture that sets out to challenge, inspire, inform and delight.
Changing exhibitions and projects are sited in 500 acres of historic gardens and parkland, five indoor galleries and an award-winning visitor centre.
This stunning setting brings together art and nature for everyone to discover and enjoy.
Summer: 10am-6pm Centre, Shop, Restaurant + Galleries 10-5pm.
Winter: 10am-5pm Centre, Shop, Restaurant + Galleries 10-4pm.
Closed: 24+25 December
Admission free / Parking charges apply
YSP is a charity. Your parking fee supports everything we do.
Mobility Scooters are available on free loan. Call 01924 832631 to reserve a scooter.
YSP has eight distinct outdoor 'gallery' spaces located in the 500 acre Bretton Estate. Designed in the 18th and 19th centuries, this varied landscape is a rich environment for some of the best modern and contemporary sculpture created by international artists. YSP presents changing special exhibitions and individual works by eminent artists all year round, so there are always at least 40 sculptures on display in the landscape.
Temporary indoor exhibitions take place in the Underground Gallery, Bothy Gallery, Garden Gallery and Longside Gallery.
Key artists and exhibits
- Henry Moore
- Barbara Hepworth
- Anthony Caro
- Elisabeth Frink
- Sol LeWitt
- Antony Gormley
- Sophie Ryder
- Winter and Horbelt
- Andy Goldsworthy
- James Turrell
Family Sculpture Workshop: Come Rain, Come Shine
- 11 April 2017 11am-12pm, 1:30-2:30pm
- 18 April 2017 11am-12pm, 1:30-2:30pm
- 30 May 2017 11am-12pm, 1:30-2:30pm
Immerse yourself in an imaginative world of sculpture-making where families can build sculptures inspired by the four elements – earth, air, fire and water.
Will you make an underwater world or a fire breathing dragon? Create with branches, stones, and any other found materials. Always outdoors, Come Rain, Come Shine is about playful making in the fresh air.
All materials provided
Each session will last approx. 1hr
We will be building outdoors so please wear sturdy footwear, appropriate outdoor clothing and sun protection, if needed
Suitable for all the family
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Please meet at the Learning Tent behind YSP Learning
- Any age
Kaleidoscope: Step into a Rainbow
- 12 — 13 April 2017 From 12pm
Explore the colourful and mind-bending paintings and sculptures of the 1960s in this vibrant and playful drop-in workshop. Artist Bryony Pritchard will offer games and activities to bring the works to life. Join in with the creation of giant rainbow in the gallery or make an artwork to take home with you!
- Any age
Art and History Connected
- 22 April 2017 From 2pm
The walk and talk will highlight the connections between history, art and landscape. From 18th-century designed landscapes and follies right up to what YSP is today.
Find out more about the styles and trends that influenced the creation of the parkland and the Hall on the Bretton Estate. Explore how everything is connected, with influences coming from Ancient Greece, Roman Architecture, French landscape painters in the 17th century all contributing to the Park we see today. Explore the process that has created a wonderful setting for the display of some of the most important international sculpture today.
- Any age
Design Your Own Tray Workshop
- 22 April 2017 From 10am, From 1pm
Ella Doran is an award winning designer-entrepreneur who has been running her own East-London based design business since the mid 90s. Her main focus is on creating photography-based images and patterns and she pioneered their application on functional everyday products when digital printing technologies were first developed.
I find inspiration around every corner, as I capture images from both the natural and manmade world around me with my camera or my paintbrush. I love colour, pattern and abstract forms; and sunlight is the magic ingredient that brings it all to life.
By assembling my raw photographic material or paintings into imagery or patterns I then create my artwork. Since most of it is applied to functional everyday products, I consider myself both, a digital artist and a designer.
The day will start with a small presentation of Ella’s design career and the processes she has worked with over the years. Showing her own tray designs, Ella will then explain the process, providing books and magazines for inspiration along with Ella’s own work. During the workshop you will work to a 330mm x 440mm tray size, once you have created your design, Ella will send it to Belgium where your design will be fused to the tray and returned to YSP. Your tray will then be posted out to you.
Two O’Clock Tuesdays
- 25 April — 6 June 2017
Tuesday 25 April, 2pm
Sam Cornish, curator and writer, and the co-curator of the Kaleidoscope exhibition, will provide an informal introduction to the exhibition and the works on display.
Tuesday 9 May, 2pm
Dr Joanne Crawford, Lecturer in History of Art and Director of Student Education at the University of Leeds will offer an illuminating insight into the art of the 1960s.
Tuesday 6 June, 2pm
BA Fine Art students from Leeds Beckett University will share their perspectives on the displayed work, discussing its impact on on their own practice.
This event accompanies the Arts Council Collection touring exhibition Kaleidoscope: Colour & Sequence in 1960s British Art at Longside Gallery.
Botanicals: Spring Blossom
- 6 May 2017 10am-4pm
Sue Salmon, Medical Herbalist has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share on walks around the park, along with all sorts of herbs and blends from her apothecary for you to taste.
Talya Baldwin, is an illustrator and botanical artist with many ideas to help you create your own botanical drawings using a variety of different materials and approaches.
They will both be on hand all weekend to help and guide. There’s also plenty of time for browsing our collection of books, drinking tea and coffee, and enjoying the delicious fortifying lunch.
RSPB Dawn Chorus Walk
- 7 May 2017 From 7am
"I absolutely love the YSP at this time of the morning, the Park, the birds, and the Henry Moore works all to ourselves. Brilliant". Visitor comment
Join RSPB experts on a dawn walk through the Park to identify some of Britain’s birds by their song.
Please meet at YSP Centre for 07.00. Please note that the terrain is uneven and not accessible to wheelchair users. Sensible, hard wearing footwear and outdoor clothing is advised. Due to sensitive wildlife habitats, dogs are not permitted around the Upper Lake or in Menagerie Wood.
Meet at YSP Centre
The YSP Café will be open from 08.00
- Any age
Kaleidoscope Mindful Colouring
- 19 May 2017 6:30-8pm
Wellbeing specialist and artist Rachel Howfield Massey will lead a mindful colouring workshop using the rich colours and undulating shapes evident in the exhibition as her starting point. Learn a range of colouring techniques and approaches to soothe stress and encourage feelings of focus and calm. This event coincides with Museums at Night: enjoy special views of Kaleidoscope as dusk falls on the rolling landscape visible from Longside Gallery windows.
Tony Cragg at Night-Time
- 19 May 2017 6-7:30pm
Join YSP Senior Curator Helen Pheby for this exclusive in-depth tour of the Underground Gallery and open air as part of Museums at Night 2017. Enjoy this rare opportunity to see the works by Tony Cragg after normal opening hours.
Museums at Night - Simply Sitting at Sunset 2017
- 19 May 2017 8:30-10pm
Join YSP to celebrate Museums at Night 2017 by experiencing the effect of the change of light from day to night in James Turrell’s tranquil Deer Shelter Skyspace at YSP. Through an aperture in the ceiling, you are offered a heightened vision of the sky in a place of contemplation and revelation, harnessing the changing light of the Yorkshire sky.
Museums at Night – Twilight Lake Walk
- 19 May 2017 7:30-9pm
Book a guided twilight walk to explore the rich history of the YSP landscape. Join our experienced Heritage Team with a walk and talk around the Park’s historic lakes to discover its interesting follies by candlelight, in this exclusive after-hour’s event as the sun goes down across the YSP lakes.
- Any age
Museums at Night – Tony Cragg: A Rare Category of Objects Family Tour
- 19 May 2017 7:30-8:30pm
Museums at Night is the biannual celebration when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors after hours.
YSP invites you to a family-friendly tour after normal opening hours through the major exhibition by Tony Cragg in the Underground Gallery, exploring his ‘rare category of objects’, by torch light. Embark on an unknown adventure through the gallery unlocking the stories behind the works by Tony Cragg.
- Any age
Kaleidoscope Screen Printing
- 30 May 2017 From 6:30pm
This workshop will take as its starting point the dazzling colours and repeated geometric forms found in the exhibition Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art. Working under the expert guidance of artist and printmaker Sally Gilford, you will develop your own work of art to take home, first seeking inspiration in the gallery before forging your own design to screen print onto calico.
Kaleidoscope: Ready, Steady... Print!
- 31 May 2017 12-4pm
Join the artist and printmaker Sally Gilford for this fun and free screenprinting workshop exploring the shapes, colours and repeated forms found in 1960s abstract art. Using the brightly-coloured sculptures and paintings on display in Kaleidoscope as your inspiration, you can make your very own work of art to take home.
Artist-led group activities
Over many years YSP has organised and developed a range of artist-led activities aimed at providing an enhanced focus and stimulus for visiting pupils and students. Activities are available for groups of all ages and abilities and include; workshop/study days, guided tours, slide talks and lectures, and Inset/professional training days. All activities can provide a general introduction to sculpture or can be tailored to meet individual group interests.
How to obtain
All visits must be booked with YSP Education. For visits for artist-led activities please book well in advance to avoid disappointment. For further information on activities, costs, and availability please contact Education on 01924 830642.
Education Resource Packs
In addition to free information, YSP Education offers Resource packs to assist teachers and groups leaders in planning visits to YSP or for work in school. The Education Resource Pack (£10+VAT) includes supporting material exploring the outdoor collection, Access Sculpture Trail and other areas. The Curriculum Resource Pack (£5+VAT) provides support for QCA guidelines which can be used for long-distance learning and work in schools as well as for visits to YSP.
How to obtain
For free information or to order Education resource pack please contact Education on 01924 830642
Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s new team of Heritage Volunteers will be leading free, guided heritage tours around the YSP landscape at weekends from February. Tours will take visitors from the YSP Visitor Centre, into the fascinating, historical landscape, and will explore the stories that have defined the area over the last one thousand years.
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How to obtain
Tours are free and start at 2:00pm on the Visitor Centre concourse
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