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

Bill Viola

  • 10 October 2015 — 10 April 2016 *on now

The immersive exhibition in YSP’s Chapel and Underground Gallery features work from across Viola’s career. Considering the universal themes of life, death, love and spirituality, Viola examines facets of the human condition, holding a starkly intimate mirror to our strength, our fragility, and the impulses and inevitabilities that unite us, giving tangible visual form to abstract psychological and metaphysical experiences.

The Underground Gallery is reconfigured to create a controlled experience where visitors pass from room to room to experience both intimate and dramatic works. Reflecting Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s audience, the works echo changing concerns across generations so that in this space people can find and share common experience. Inside the 18th century chapel, visitors see The Tristan Project – Fire Woman and Tristan's Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall) (2005), drawing on the ancient story of lovers gripped by a passion that is blind to duty, honour and social obligation and which can only be consummated beyond the grave. In these two works, water and fire come together in a purifying and transformative conflagration. Within the chapel grounds, Viola shows a film work outdoors for the first time. The artist has reconfigured his birthing film, Sanctuary (1989), an extraordinarily raw work, which accrues even greater depth and resonance in the context of the chapel and its fertile garden.

The walk from the chapel, across the Country Park, towards and through the linear Underground Gallery, emphasises the act of journeying and discovery. In addition, the physical nature of YSP enables us to draw out the importance of the natural world in Viola’s work. The exhibition is designed to be a sensory experience with space to pause and make time to reflect, so enabling an emotional or even transformational engagement.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/bill-viola

Jonny Hannah

Jonny Hannah

  • 14 November 2015 — 28 February 2016 *on now

In 2015, Jonny Hannah brings his vibrant and witty linocuts, screen prints, and works on wood to YSP for a major exhibition, inspired by the artist’s parents’ hometown of Kirkconnell.

Born in Dunfermline, Hannah studied illustration at Liverpool Art School and the Royal College of Art. Since graduation in 1998, Hannah has been working both as a commercial designer and illustrator for clients including The Daily Telegraph, The New York Times and English National Opera, and as a printmaker, creating wonderful screen printed books, posters and prints for his own Cakes & Ale Press.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/jonny-hannah

KAWS

  • 6 February — 12 June 2016 *on now

This is the first UK museum exhibition of work by the renowned American artist KAWS, whose wide ranging practice includes painting, sculpture, graphic design, toys and prints.

The expansive Longside Gallery features the artist’s large, bright, graphic canvases immaculately rendered in acrylic paint, alongside towering sculptures in fibreglass and wood. The historically designed landscape of YSP becomes home to a series of monumental and imposing sculptures in KAWS’s trademark style – nostalgic characters in the process of growing up.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/kaws

At Home: Curated from the Arts Council Collection by Yorkshire Sculpture Park

  • 19 March — 5 June 2016

At Home in the Bothy Gallery highlights works of domestic scale from the Arts Council Collection within the historic Bothy Gallery, which was formerly home to the Bretton Estate head gardener. Home is understood as a dwelling place but of course it is far more than that, being a retreat, a territory or a collection of memories.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

Not Vital

  • 21 May 2016 — 2 January 2017

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

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: Big and Small

  • 9 — 17 February 2016

Size and scale are important considerations when an artist makes a sculpture. In this family workshop, you will make small individual sculptures out of wood, clay and plaster, imagining them as huge, monumental works. You can then place your sculpture against different backdrops to compare how it looks in a city setting, a rural landscape or even on another planet. Just bring your imagination and conjure up your own world.

Suitable for age 6+, children must be accompanied by an adult
Each workshop will last approximately two hours.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 11-13

Admission

Adults £3.00
Children £3.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/family-sculpture-workshop-big-and-small

SMALL LIE (detail) (2013).

KAWS Family Friendly Tour

  • 10 February 2016 From 9am

This February half-term join us for a family-friendly introduction to the brand new exhibition by KAWS. Enjoy a continental breakfast before heading to Longside Gallery for a tour of the indoor exhibition with Family Learning Coordinator, Emma Spencer.

The exhibition features over 20 works including large commanding sculptures in bronze, fibreglass and wood alongside specially commissioned canvases rendered in acrylic paint. Brooklyn-based KAWS’ influential work carries a wry humour marked by bold gestures that engages people across the generations.

Schedule
9am Breakfast in YSP Restaurant
9.30 10-minute transfer by coach to Longside Gallery
9.45 Welcome and tour of the indoor exhibition with Family Learning Coordinator, Emma Spencer
10.15 Walking tour to works in the open air (coach transfer available)
11am Guests are free to explore other areas of YSP including Bill Viola in the Chapel and Underground Gallery

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £9.00
Children £5.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/kaws-family-friendly-tour

Family sculpture workshop

Family Sculpture Workshop: Come Rain, Come Shine

  • 13 February — 25 June 2016

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

Family Workshop

Playing with the Elements

  • 27 February 2016

Join YSP and Uncanny Theatre for an exciting workshop making fun, low tech moving portraits inspired by Bill Viola’s current exhibition. Together we will visually explore the elements and play with fun ways to create images using ordinary craft materials, slow motion video and a bit of silliness. You too can be the artist!

Suitable for age 7+
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Each workshop lasts approx. 1.5 hours

Suitable for

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

Admission

Adults £3.00
Children £3.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/playing-with-the-elements

Jonny Hannah

Step Inside: An Experts Guide to Main Street with Jonny Hannah

  • 28 February 2016 1:30-2:30pm

Hear Jonny Hannah discuss his influences and inspiration for his YSP exhibition, along with a thousand other things including: his new book Fast Cars & Ukuleles; the French poet Arthur Rimbaud; French film director Jacques Tourneur; and his love of shoes. He will also show film clips, play some music and may even read you a poem or two.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£10

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/step-inside-an-experts-guide-to-main-street-with-jonny-hannah

Children discovering sculpture

Art Adventurers

  • 5 March 2016
  • 4 June 2016

Inspired by KAWS, join performer Natalie Bellingham to become part of your own fantastical tale; unearth hidden secrets, seek out gigantic sculptures and discover the unexpected.

Suitable for age 5+
All materials are provided
Please wear clothing and footwear suitable for outdoors
Each workshop lasts approx. 1.5 hours

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

Adults free
Children £5.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/art-adventurers

Children's Workshop

Thinking Big and Making Small

  • 19 March 2016 From 11am

To launch our exciting new creative space X Marks the Spot, a playful room inspired by KAWS, the Garden Studio will be transformed with images, toys and curious objects.

As a family, be playful with our disconnected toys, design your very own cartoon family and explore shadows and light to bring the room to life.
This is a drop-in event from 11.00 to 16.00

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/thinking-big-and-making-small

YSP Lakes and Woodland

Art and History Connected

  • 19 — 20 March 2016 From 11am

Join YSP for the launch of the new 2016 Heritage season at YSP.

Drop in to YSP Centre and find out more about the styles and trends that came to bear the creation of the parkland and Bretton Hall. Explore how everything is connected, from the history of the ‘sculptured’ landscape to the history of placing objects within the open air.

Activities include:

Art and History Connected – Heritage Walk
19.03.16 / 14.00 / free (booking advised)
An introduction to the Estate that 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 and book online

Young Heritage Explorers: YSP Heritage Hunt
19.03.16 / 11.00–15.30 / free / drop in
No need to book, just drop in and pick up a leaflet to take part in a hunt around the lakes and woodland.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/art-and-history-connected

KAWS, Ups and Downs (10) (detail), 2012.

KAWS Screen-Printing

  • 23 March 2016 From 11am, From 2pm
  • 28 May 2016 From 11am, From 2pm

Working with printmaker Sally Gilford, design and play with pattern, colour and shape to make your very own screen-printed piece of art, inspired by the artwork of KAWS and Eduardo Paolozzi.

Each workshop will last two hours approx.
This event is suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs – please specify on booking for if you have access requirements
This is a messy activity, please bring an old t-shirt or apron for everyone taking part
Suitable for age 6+, all children must be accompanied by an adult

Suitable for

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

Admission

Adults £6.00
Children £6.00

Website

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

KAWS Sculpture, ACCOMPLICE, 2010.

KAWS Family Sculpture Workshop: Toy Factory

  • 30 March 2016 From 10:30am, From 1:30pm
  • 31 March 2016 From 10:30am, From 1:30pm

Take inspiration from sculptures by KAWS and create your own altered toy figures from plaster casts and soft materials.
Each workshop will last approximately two hours.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £3.00
Children £3.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/family-sculpture-workshop-toy-factory

Yorkshire Sculpture Park Workshop

End at the Start

  • 10 April 2016 From 11am

Celebrate the final day of X Marks The Spot, a playful space where you can draw, play and make.

Design your own characters, draw in unusual ways, play with light and be inspired to make.
This is a drop-in event from 11.00 to 16.00

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/end-at-the-start

YSP at Twilight

Museums at Night – Twilight Lake Walk

  • 13 May 2016 From 7:30pm

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.

Please meet at YSP Learning
Due to the nature of the terrain, this event is unsuitable for wheelchair users
The tour will last approx 1.5 hours
YSP Restaurant will be serving hot and cold food from 5.00–8.30pm and includes a special offer for 10% off all food and drink

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £6.00
Children £6.00

Website

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

YSP Lakes and Woodland

Bretton’s Lakes, Entertainment and the Aurora

  • 11 June 2016 From 3pm

Join the Heritage team for a special exclusive summer heritage walk exploring the beautiful viewpoints around the lakes and discover the stories that surround them.

Explore Thomas Wentworth’s development of the lakes and his lavish entertainment that would have occurred on the lakes and their many interesting follies. Inspired by the story of Sir Thomas Wentworth’s ship the Aurora that he often sailed on these lakes, create your own paper ship and sail it down the lake. Finish off the day with a tea and cake served at the Greek Temple.

Hot drinks, cake and parking are included
Please meet at YSP Learning Centre 10 minutes before the start time
Due to the nature of the terrain, this event is unsuitable for wheelchair users
The tour will last approx 1.5 hours
Outdoor clothing is advised

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £8.50
Children £8.50

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/bretton%E2%80%99s-lakes-entertainment-and-the-aurora

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

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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