Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Helen Escobedo, Summer Fields, 2008
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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.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Summer: 10am-6pm Centre, Shop, Restaurant + Galleries 10-5pm.

Winter: 10am-5pm Centre, Shop, Restaurant + Galleries 10-4pm.

Closed: 24+25 December

Admission charges

Admission free / Parking charges apply
YSP is a charity. Your parking fee supports everything we do.

Additional info

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.

Collection details

Fine Art

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
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Family sculpture workshop

Family Sculpture Workshop: Come Rain, Come Shine

  • 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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £3.00
Children £3.00
Concessions £3.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/family-sculpture-workshop-come-rain-come-shine

Two O'clock Tuesdays

Two O’Clock Tuesdays

  • 25 April — 6 June 2017 *on now

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.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/two-o%E2%80%99clock-tuesdays

Botanicals Workshop

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.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£95.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/botanicals-spring-blossom

Wildlife at YSP

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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/rspb-dawn-chorus-walk

Colouring at YSP

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.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£6.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/museums-at-night-kaleidoscope-mindful-colouring

Tony Cragg, Versus, 2011. 266x285x105, bronze. Courtesy the artist. Photo Michael Richter

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.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£8.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/tony-cragg-at-night-time

James Turrell Deer Shelter Skyspace

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.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

£6.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/museums-at-night-simply-sitting-at-sunset-2017

Lakes at YSP

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/museums-at-night-twilight-lake-walk

Museums at Night at YSP 2012

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/museums-at-night-tony-cragg-a-rare-category-of-objects-family-tour

Yoga at YSP

Recharge: Yoga Retreat

  • 28 May 2017 10am-4pm

Melt away all your aches, pains, relax your furrowed brow and revive your energy in this special monthly yoga day. The classes will focus on different yoga styles, followed by a delicious lunch and a nourishing afternoon activity – perhaps walking, looking at exhibitions, making art or meditation.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £65.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/-recharge-yoga-retreat

Screen Printing at YSP

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.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £10.00
Concessions £8.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/kaleidoscope-screen-printing

Family workshop

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.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/kaleidoscope-ready-steady-print!

Pyschological Map Making with Kate Daudy

Pyschological Map Making with Kate Daudy

  • 4 June 2017 10:30am-3:30pm

A view that gives you pause to stop and stare, a rock or stone that provides shelter or comfort- a tree that you silently acknowledge on your walk to work. Our relationship to the environment around us contributes to our identity and sense of place in the world.

Kate Daudy is an artist recognised for work exploring the limits of language and sculpture/text crossover and her written interventions in public/private spaces expressing her search for meaning. She has redefined an ancient Chinese tradition as a contemporary art form for the modern era.

A committed peacenik and hope-monger she shares positive thought provoking messages in an effort to encourage a sense of joy and personal empowerment.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£30.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/pyschological-map-making-with-kate-daudy

Teetering Tales

Teetering Tales

  • 24 June 2017 11am-1pm

Travel with storyteller Oksana Tyminske on an story that unfolds, unstacks and unbalances. Discovering artworks by Tony Cragg, we will move, stretch and bend to imagine how he made his sculptures. Together we will walk down the hill to visit the Hidden Forest, our special place for our youngest visitors, for some child led play.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£3.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/teetering-tales

Family Yoga Day

Family Yoga and Outdoor Sculpture Day

  • 25 June 2017 10am-4pm

Family yoga is open to everyone from children aged 5–12, mums, dads, carers and grandparents. This is a wonderful way to spend time together sharing wonderfully positive experiences with your children through some fun yoga activities, partner work and light hearted meditation. You don’t need to be superfit – just a willing spirit!

Then after a lovely picnic lunch, enjoy a creative afternoon inspired by sculptures at the park. Artist Natalie Bellingham will guide you through the process of building a temporary sculpture using our outdoor resources – who knew that wood, plastic tubing, tyres, trays, poles and pipes could produce such inspirational structures!

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£25.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/family-yoga-and-outdoor-sculpture-day

Alice Pattullo design

Paper Quilt Workshop with Alice Pattullo

  • 8 July 2017 10am-4pm

Alice will introduce different mark-making and print techniques which can be used to produce patterned and textured papers to collage together and work into to make your design. Alice will provide a selection of reference material, such as images of traditional American school house quilts which inspired her own ‘quilt’, old paper cut images, and more contemporary photos of different architecture to draw inspiration from. You may want to bring images of a house that is important to you to include in your design.

No need for strong drawing skills – your design can be as literal or abstract as you like depending on your confidence. Pre-made templates, inspired by patchwork pieces will be provided to be used with your papers, or you can make your own silhouettes.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

385.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/paper-quilt-workshop-with-alice-pattullo

Photo credit David Lindsay

Frame, Focus, Shoot: Photography for Bigger Kids

  • 26 July 2017 11am-1pm

Work with local photographer David Lindsay to explore composition, framing, editing and experimenting, using your camera lens to look at Tony Cragg’s exhibition. Curate a series of your own photographs that tell your story of the show.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£3.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/frame-focus-shoot-photography-for-bigger-kids

Animal Escapades

Animal Escapades

  • 2 August 2017 11am-12pm

Meet Monkey, Rabbit, Ox and friends and participate in an animal escapade with storyteller Oksana Tyminska. Have your animal voices ready to squawk and squeak, and join us as we hoppity skip, wriggle and roll near the Zodiac Heads by Ai Weiwei in Lower Park.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£3.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/animal-escapades

Wire Bird Making Workshop

Wire Bird Making Workshop with Chris Moss

  • 12 August 2017 10am-4pm

During this workshop, you'll learn basic wire techniques and tools and discover how to use them to create your own scribbly wire wren, sparrow or robin. You'll have the opportunity to develop your ideas further during the day and with Chris' support and encouragement, create your own handmade flock of small birds, decorated with coloured wire and other accessories. The skills acquired on the day will enable you to continue to explore your creative ideas at home. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£85.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/wire-bird-making-workshop-with-chris-moss

Paper Flower Arranging with Alice Pattullo

Parlour Pastimes: Paper Flower Arranging with Alice Pattullo

  • 16 September 2017 10am-4pm

Alice will introduce different mark-making and print techniques which can be used to produce patterned and textured papers to collage together and work into to make your flowers.

Alice will provide a selection of reference material, to introduce different stylistic approaches to interpreting the flower, from images of patchwork quilts, old gardening books, Victorian scraps and botanical papercuts. You may want to look at the plants in the YSP grounds to work from, or bring your own flowers or images to inspire you.

Alice’s constant inspiration from the stories/ history behind topics could be taken heed of here by looking at the tradition of floriography which allocates a sentiment or meaning to each flower, so that a coded message could be sent with a bouquet in a time when a young woman couldn’t interact in the world without a chaperone.

No need for strong drawing skills - your flowers can be interpreted as literally or abstract as you like depending on your confidence. Pre-made templates can be used to draw around to apply your own decoration to.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£85.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/parlour-pastimes-paper-flower-arranging-with-alice-pattullo

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

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

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.

Heritage Tours

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.

Creator

  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park

How to obtain

Tours are free and start at 2:00pm on the Visitor Centre concourse

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
West Bretton
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF4 4LG
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014 logo: Museums at Night

Website

www.ysp.co.uk

E-mail

General

info@ysp.co.uk

Learning

learning@ysp.co.uk

Press/Marketing

comms@ysp.co.uk

Telephone

Visitor Centre

01924 832631

Learning & Community

01924 832528

Fax

Administration

01924 832600

Learning

01924 832601

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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