Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Not Vital

  • 21 May 2016 — 2 January 2017 *on now

Internationally renowned as a leading sculptor, this is Not Vital’s first major exhibition in the UK.

With studios in the tiny Swiss village of Sent and Beijing, China, as well as homes in Rio de Janeiro and Niger, the exhibition reflects Vital's nomadic and diverse practice, including paintings and works on paper, indoor pieces made from plaster, silver, gold, marble, glass and coal, and outdoor sculptures in stainless steel and bronze.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/not-vital

An exhibition from the Arts Council Collection selected by Ryan Gander

  • 16 June — 16 October 2016 *on now

This major new Hayward Touring exhibition from the Arts Council Collection has been selected by the leading British artist, Ryan Gander. Born in Chester in 1976 and based in London and Suffolk, Gander has achieved international recognition for a prolific and diverse body of work embracing a vast range of media, from sculpture and installation, to books and games, the creation of a unique range of sportswear and even an attempt to introduce a new word.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/an-exhibition-from-the-arts-council-collection-selected-by-ryan-gander

Editions and Objects: Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents St. Judes

  • 25 June — 30 October 2016

In a joint exhibition with St Jude’s, YSP presents a unique group exhibition featuring the work of 16 UK-based artists, some showing at the Park for the first time.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/editions-and-objects-yorkshire-sculpture-park-presents-st-judes

Transparency: Curated from the Arts Council Collection

  • 25 June — 4 September 2016

Taking the exceptional light qualities of the historic Chapel as inspiration, this exhibition explores the condition of transparency and in so doing responds to the particular aesthetic of the 18th-century building.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/transparency-curated-from-the-arts-council-collection-by-yorkshire-sculpture-park

Angela Harding: Flights of Memory

  • 12 November 2016 — 26 February 2017

Angela Harding is an established painter and printmaker who works from her rural studio in Wing, Rutland. Recurring inspirations are the changing seasons and the flora and fauna of the British countryside, from which her work expresses the mood and atmosphere of the landscape. Harding principally works in block print, combining vinyl or lino with layered coloured silkscreen, which gives a strong graphic emphasis to the work.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/angela-harding-flights-of-memory

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

  • 13 February — 25 June 2016 *on now

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

Sheep with sculptures at YSP

Art & Landscape Tour

  • 19 March — 30 October 2016 *on now

Join YSP volunteers for a guided walk and talk exploring the art and sculpture in the landscape at YSP.

Meet at YSP Centre Information Desk
Outdoor clothes and sturdy footwear essential
If mobility is an issue please advise the guide and the route will be tailored to suit your needs

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/art-and-landscape-tour

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.

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

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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