Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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

Website

www.ysp.co.uk

E-mail

General

info@ysp.co.uk

Learning

learning@ysp.co.uk

Press/Marketing

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

David Nash

  • 1 January — 31 December 2014 *on now

Coinciding with Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966 – 1979, David Nash returns to YSP in 2014 following his major 2010 exhibition at the Park.

Two contrasting works, White Planting and Black Dome, overlook the Park’s historic lakes demonstrating the artist’s eloquent understanding of trees and the different properties of wood. Echoing Nash’s famous Ash Dome, planted in 1977, White Planting comprises 49 Himalayan birch trees, which, planted in seven rows of seven, will grow to form a white cube on the lake’s embankment. Referencing the natural cycle of wood, Black Dome is made from coal and charred oak.

The work complements Nash’s site specific Seventy-one Steps, a commission on the walking route to Longside Gallery.

Tom Price

  • 4 January — 27 April 2014 *on now

YSP presents an exhibition of sculptures and animations in the Bothy Gallery to accompany the open-air premiere of Network, the largest bronze to date by Tom Price.

Bronze is an incredibly versatile and durable sculpture material but one loaded with associations of authority and privilege given its use for statues of the, often male and white, powerful figures of history. In using bronze to depict composite portraits of ‘the man in the street’, particularly of African descent, Price knowingly challenges this tradition and related notions of identity and status.

Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966 – 1979

  • 5 April — 15 June 2014 *on now

Curated by Nicholas Alfrey, Joy Sleeman and Ben Tufnell, this exhibition features work by some of the most important British artists of the last 50 years including Tony Cragg, Antony Gormley, Richard Long and Anthony McCall.

Ursula von Rydingsvard

  • 5 April 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

The first large-scale survey in Europe by highly acclaimed American artist Ursula von Rydingsvard opens at YSP on 5 April 2014. The exhibition, which is the artist’s most extensive to date, illustrates the full scope of von Rydingsvard’s diverse practice, including more than 40 works of drawing and sculpture made over the last two decades, presented in YSP’s purpose-built Underground Gallery and the open air.

Tom Frost

  • 24 May — 7 September 2014

Bristol-based illustrator Tom Frost takes inspiration from YSP in 2014 to create new work including limited edition screen prints, ceramics and homeware, inspired by the Park’s historic landscape and wildlife, all of which is available to buy. Frost studied illustration at Falmouth College of Art, graduating in 2001. His work is inspired by his passion for old matchboxes, vintage tin toys, folk art, children’s books and stamps.

Fiona Banner

  • 19 July — 2 November 2014

YSP presents a new and major commission by 2002 Turner Prize-nominee Fiona Banner. The exhibition in YSP’s Longside Gallery, follows Banner’s 2010 Tate Britain commission Harrier and Jaguar, an installation of two fighter jets, and extends her enquiry into machines of war. With a related installation and film, the project enables a timely consideration of this important artist’s career.

Emily Sutton

  • 15 November 2014 — 22 February 2015

A solo exhibition featuring new work by illustrator Emily Sutton takes over
the YSP Centre throughout winter 2014.

Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2008 Sutton has completed two books for the Victoria & Albert Museum and undertaken commissions for Faber and Faber, Penguin, Random House and Betty’s of Harrogate. She won the Best British Pattern award at 2011 Elle Decoration British Design Awards.

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.
Cycle Cinema

The Cycle Cinema - Open Air Film Screening

  • 9 May 2014 From 8pm

On 9 May YSP and Electric Pedals will present a spectacular outdoor film screening event in the grounds of the Park, powered by energy supplied through pedal power. All of the electricity for the screening will be produced by a rotating team of volunteer cyclists from the audience, creating a unique experience whilst encouraging people to think about their energy consumption.

YSP will screen The Triplets of Belleville (French: Les Triplettes de Belleville) a 2003 animated comedy film.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 11-13

Admission

£7.40 / £4

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/the-cycle-cinema-an-open-air-film-screening

James Turrell, Deer Shelter Skyspace, 2006

Simply Sitting at Sunset

  • 17 May 2014 8:30-10pm

Experience the effect of the change of light from day to night in James Turrell’s tranquil Deer Shelter Skyspace at YSP. Through this aperture the visitor is offered a heightened vision of the sky in a place of contemplation and revelation, harnessing the changing light of the Yorkshire sky.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults and children £5.00.

Website

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

Lady Edlington's Well

Twilight Heritage Walk: Bretton Pleasure Grounds

  • 17 May 2014 From 8pm

Book a guided twilight tour and explore the rich history of the YSP landscape. Join our experienced heritage guides with a walk and talk around the Park’s historic lakes and woodland to discover its interesting follies and features by candlelight.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

Adults and children £5

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/museums-at-night-twilight-heritage-walk-bretton-pleasure-grounds

Ursula von Rydingsvard, Droga, 2009

Ursula Von Rydingsvard: Curator-led Evening Tour

  • 17 May 2014 From 6:30pm

Join YSP's Deputy Curator Sarah Coulson for this exclusive in-depth tour of the Underground Gallery after normal opening hours, followed by a rare opportunity to see outdoor works Bronze Bowl with Lace and Elegantka II beautifully illuminated, at night-time, in the landscape.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults and children £5

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/museums-at-night-ursula-von-rydingsvard-curator-evening-tour

Roger Hiorns, Seizure, 2008/2013

Roger Hiorns: Seizure Out of Hours

  • 17 May 2014 — 17 May 2015

An exclusive opportunity to view Turner Prize-nominee Roger Hiorns' Seizure, 2008/2013 out of hours.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/museums-at-night-roger-hiorns-seizure-out-of-hours-viewing

Courtesy Make a Wish Entertainment

Big Sculpture Safari

  • 17 May 2014 5-7pm, 7:30-9:30pm

Families will meet the guide and embark on an overland journey with Land Rover and adventure across the YSP grounds, unlocking stories and messages from a fascinating cast of characters. Children and adults will become Sculpture Safari Art Explorers, recording their discoveries on this story adventure. Come prepared with an active imagination and report your findings at the end of the tour.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9.00 / £6.00 includes free parking after 17.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/museums-at-night-the-sculpture-safari

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

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