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:


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, Moon, 2015. Stainless steel, 320cm. Courtesy the artist and YSP. Photo © Jonty Wilde

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

  • Any age



KAWS, ALONG THE WAY, 2013. Courtesy the artist and YSP.  Photo © Jonty Wilde


  • 12 June — 1 December 2016 *on now

The historically designed landscape of YSP remains home to a series of monumental and imposing sculptures by KAWS following the artist's first UK museum exhibition of work, which closed at Longside Gallery on 12 June 2016.

Suitable for

  • Any age



An exhibition from the Arts Council Collection selected by Ryan Gander

  • 16 June — 16 October 2016 *on now

This major new 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



Camilla Low, 7, 2004. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist

Transparency: A National Partners Programme exhibition from the Arts Council Collection

  • 25 June — 4 September 2016 *on now

The notion of transparency is extended by considering the multiple meanings of the word: from the property of transmitting light, being diaphanous and having clarity, to being free from pretense or deceit, of being readily understood, and characterised by visibility or accessibility of information. Including work by Hiraki Sawa, Garth Evans and Yelena Popova, the exhibition considers how artists have investigated subjects such as truth to material, the everyday or ordinary, and material and psychological transparency. Produced during a period when the demand for truth and transparency from politicians, corporations and other institutions has been especially evident, Transparency reflects a shifting sentiment in British culture.

Transparency is the second in a series of exhibitions from the Arts Council Collection's National Partners Programme.



Angie Lewin, Sea Pinks. Wood Engraving. Courtesy the artist, St Jude's and YSP

Editions and Objects: Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents St. Judes

  • 25 June — 30 October 2016 *on now

Displayed throughout YSP Centre, Editions and Objects features some of the most well respected artists, designers and makers working in the UK today – many of whom are showing at the Park for the first time as well as a few familiar faces. Selected by Amanda Peach, Retail Programme & Development Manager at YSP, and Simon Lewin, co-founder of St Jude’s, the exhibiting artists are Jonathan Ashworth, Christopher Brown, Chloë Cheese, Melvyn Evans, Jonathan Gibbs, Peter Green OBE, Katy Hackney, Mark Hearld, Angie Lewin, Karen Mabon, Charles Shearer, Terry Shone and Emily Sutton.

All the works in the exhibition are available to buy, together with a series of three limited edition prints, individually designed by Mark Hearld, Angie Lewin and Emily Sutton. Printed by Penfold Press, the series is available exclusively from YSP.

Suitable for

  • Any age



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



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.
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



Ryan Gander, Slept Alone, 2016. A 70th Anniversary Commission for the Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. © the artist

Night in the Museum: Two O'Clock Tuesdays

  • 6 September 2016 From 2pm
  • 4 October 2016 From 2pm

Join a member of the Arts Council Collection’s curatorial team for a free and informal introduction to Night in the Museum: Ryan Gander curates the Arts Council Collection

No booking required, drop in on the day. Tour will take place at 2pm on 2 August, 6 September and 4 October 2016

Children's sculpture course at YSP

Family Sculpture Workshop: Come Rain, Come Shine

  • 9 — 30 August 2016 *on now

Immerse yourself in an imaginative world of sculpture making. Work and play together to build sculptures inspired by artists in the park.

Will you make an enormous cartoon character or a mythical monster, a sculpture that could be from another world or something that celebrates shape and pattern? Let your imagination guide you!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


£3.00 for all



Life Drawings

Night in the Museum: What Are They Looking At? - Family Life Drawing

  • 18 August 2016 — 18 August 2017 *on now

Discover a world of people looking, peeking and gazing at each other inside Longside Gallery, in this family-friendly life-drawing workshop. Led by artist Bryony Pritchard, the workshop will feature lots of fun and playful interactive drawing games for you to try as a family.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children



Family Adventure

Familiar Unfamiliar: A Family Adventure

  • 25 August 2016 From 11am, From 2pm

Put your thinking caps on and join us as we ask: 'What is familiar? What is unfamiliar?'

Colour Hunt & Hapa Zome:
Fill your bucket with colours as you explore and capture nature’s forms and patterns using the Japanese method of Hapa Zome fabric dyeing, water colour painting and simple print techniques. Join us as we work, make and play together outside in the shade of mighty trees, weather permitting, and enjoy creating in the fresh air.

Please see our website to book.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children



Whispering Woods: The Moon Princess

Whispering Woods: The Moon Princess – Open Air Theatre

  • 16 September 2016 From 6pm, From 8pm
  • 17 September 2016 From 6pm, From 8pm

Journey into the lakes and woodlands with Whispering Woods as they present a creative re-telling of the traditional Japanese tale Moon Princess among the ancient trees at YSP. This immersive, intoxicating experience combines aerial acrobatics, 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

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


Adults £10.00
Children £5.00
Family Ticket £28.00



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.


  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park

How to obtain

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

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
West Bretton
West Yorkshire

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Visitor Centre

01924 832631

Learning & Community

01924 832528



01924 832600


01924 832601

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