Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Sophie Ryder's sculpture 'Sitting' at 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.

Ai Wei Wei: Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads

  • 1 April 2017 — 22 April 2018 *on now

See Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads in Lower Park until 22 April 2018. Ai reinterpreted the 12 bronze heads representing the traditional Chinese zodiac that once adorned the famed fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan, the imperial summer palace retreat in Beijing. Ransacked in 1860 during the Second Opium War by the British and French, only seven of the original heads have been returned to China – the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, horse, monkey, and boar. The locations of the other five – dragon, snake, goat, rooster, and dog – are still unknown. Central to Ai’s reimagined zodiac is the metamorphosis provoked by expulsion, migration, and deliberate change of location undergone by people and objects alike. In 2015, Ai was awarded the Ambassador of Conscience Award by Amnesty International.

Cast in bronze and standing three metres high, the sculptures each weigh 363kg. Through the re-interpretation of the heads on a larger scale, Ai comments and encourages debate on the politics of ownership, cultural history, repatriation and authenticity. The artist also wanted the work to be playful and accessible to the general public: "I want this to be seen as an object that doesn't have a monumental quality, but rather is a funny piece… people can relate to or interpret on many different levels, because everybody has a zodiac connection".

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.ysp.co.uk/whats-on/open-air/ai-weiwei

Zak Ové: Black and Blue: The Invisible Men and the Masque of Blackness

  • 8 April 2017 — 3 June 2018 *on now

This spring, we welcome an extraordinary assembly of 80 sculptures by British-Trinidadian artist Zak Ové.

Black and Blue: The Invisible Men and the Masque of Blackness, a mass of identical two-metre-tall figures, is a striking statement within the Park’s 18th century landscape. Powerful and totemic, the impact of the group is amplified through their repeated forms, facing forward to confront the viewer en masse.

The installation builds on Ové’s 2016 project for the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair which saw 40 figures sited in the courtyard of London’s Somerset House. In this location, the installation directly referenced Ben Jonson’s play The Masque of Blackness, which was enacted by Anne of Denmark and members of her court at Somerset House in 1605. Featuring white actors in blackface, the play was reflective of the societal shift towards a preference for lighter skin in the early 17th century. Ové also alludes to Ralph Ellison’s acclaimed novel The Invisible Man, a pioneering consideration of racism and marginalised communities in America told through the eyes of its black protagonist.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.ysp.co.uk/whats-on/open-air/zak-ov%C3%A9-black-and-blue-the-invisible-men-and-the-masque-of-blackness

Phyllida Barlow

  • 22 April 2017 — 4 May 2018 *on now

British sculptor Phyllida Barlow has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, and represents Britain in the 2017 Venice Biennale. Alongside her artistic practice, she has had an important influence on younger generations of artists through over 40 years of teaching in London art schools.

Commonly known for her colossal sculptural projects, Barlow uses 'a distinctive vocabulary of inexpensive materials such as plywood, cardboard, plaster, cement, fabric and paint' to create striking sculptures.

Since the late 1960s, Barlow has developed a sculptural practice that is grounded in an anti-monumental tradition. Her often brightly coloured sculptures are made of readily available materials such as cardboard, cement and plaster, polystyrene, timber and paint. These inexpensive materials are then transformed through layering, accumulation and careful combination to create large-scale pieces.

“Obtrusive and invasive, Barlow’s large-scale sculptural objects are frequently arranged in complex installations in which mass and volume seem to be at odds with the space around them. Their role is restless and unpredictable: they block, interrupt, intervene, straddle and perch, both dictating and challenging the experience of viewing.” Her constructions are often crudely painted in industrial or synthetic colours, resulting in abstract, seemingly unstable forms.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.ysp.co.uk/whats-on/open-air/phyllida-barlow

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.
Lakes at dusk

Twilight Lake Walk

  • 18 May 2018 7:30-9pm

Book a special guided twilight walk, and explore the rich history of the YSP landscape. Join our Heritage Team with a walk and talk around the Park’s historic lakes to discover the interesting follies exclusively after hours, as the sun goes down across the YSP lakes.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£7

Website

https://ysp.org.uk/events/museums-at-night-twilight-lake-walk

James Turrell's Deer Shelter Skyspace at dusk

Simply Sitting at Sunset

  • 18 May 2018 8:30-10pm

Join YSP to celebrate Museums at Night 2018 by experiencing the effect of the change of light from day to night in James Turrell’s tranquil Deer Shelter Skyspace. 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

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£6

Autumnal trees

Nightfall in the Woods

  • 18 May 2018 8-10:30pm

Immerse yourself in the woods at YSP to soak in the sights, sounds and aromas of late spring.

This is a unique opportunity to take some time for yourself and connect to the rhythms of nature. Starting with a guided mindful meditation to tune into the woodland, and ending with a flask of herbal tea and a conversation with YSP naturalists about the sights and sounds of the evening, this will be a night to remember.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£10

Website

https://ysp.org.uk/events/nightfall-in-the-woods

Sewing materials and buttons

Stitched Stories

  • 18 May 2018 6:30-8:30pm

Taking the Arts Council Collection's 'In My Shoes' exhibition as your starting point, in particular, Tracey Emin’s appliqued blanket 'The Simple Truth', use fabric and thread to create your own self portrait using text and pictures. You will learn the traditional craft of applique and some basic hand embroidery to help you create a self portrait that's a little bit different!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6

Website

https://ysp.org.uk/events/stitched-stories

Aerial acrobatics in the trees

Whispering Woods: Open Air Storytelling Theatre

  • 18 May 2018 6-7:30pm, 8-9:30pm

Journey into the lakes and woodlands with Whispering Woods as they present a magical outdoor promenade performance that explores universal themes and celebrates the journey through life, performed amongst the ancient trees at YSP.

This immersive experience combines aerial and ground acrobatics, spoken word, live music and fireside storytelling to create a truly memorable experience for all ages.

Whispering Woods specialise in creating unique performances within natural settings using a blend of music, storytelling and physical performance designed to capture the imagination and astound the senses.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £10
Children £5 (under 3s free)
Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £28

Website

https://ysp.org.uk/events/whispering-woods-open-air-storytelling-theatre

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.org.uk

E-mail

General

info@ysp.org.uk

Learning

learning@ysp.org.uk

Press/Marketing

comms@ysp.org.uk

Telephone

Visitor Centre

01924 832631

Learning

01924 832528

Fax

Administration

01924 832631

Learning

01924 832528

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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