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.

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 *on now

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 *on now

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.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Historic Landscape Tour

  • 2 — 3 August 2014 11am-12pm
  • 9 — 10 August 2014 11am-12pm
  • 16 — 17 August 2014 11am-12pm
  • 23 — 24 August 2014 11am-12pm
  • 30 — 31 August 2014 11am-12pm

Join Yorkshire Sculpture Park heritage volunteers for a guided walk and talk exploring the woodlands and Bretton Hall pleasure grounds in the historic estate. Every Saturday and Sunday until 26 October.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

photograph of butterfly on foliage

Wild Walks

  • 2 August 2014 11am-12pm
  • 6 September 2014 11am-12pm

Here at YSP we are dedicated to the restoration and preservation of our historic landscape and nature reserves. Part of this dedication is passing on our knowledge and passion for wildlife. YSP Wild is a new project designed to promote learning and discovery at the Park through the interpretation of the flora and fauna found here.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/wild-walks

Henry Moore, Draped Seated Woman, 1957–58. Courtesy London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Photo Jonty Wilde

Yorkshire Day Celebration and BBQ

  • 1 August 2014 10am-10pm

Enjoy a two-course BBQ, featuring a special Yorkshire menu using locally produced food, with panoramic views of the Country Park.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £25, children £15

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/a-special-yorkshire-day-summer-evening-bbq

Helen Benigson, Weightless Utopias, 2013, courtesy the artist

Helen Benigson: Breathe Harder

  • 2 August 2014 11am-5pm

In a new site-specific live performance, Helen Benigson AKA Princess Bellsize Dollar explores ideas of weight, body and sculpture as five female weightlifters lift weights alongside the large-scale sculptures of YSP’s loan collection.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Parking charges apply

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/helen-benigson-breathe-harder

Image courtesy David Young

Theremin Bollards Presents

  • 3 August 2014 12-5pm

Join musicians Vanessa Simmons, Kris Klavenes and Dub Barn Collective, who will provide the backing music for you to take part in your own open-air performance using the Theremin Bollards.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, Drop in. Parking charges apply

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/theremin-bollards

photograph of man fixing dry stone walling

Dry Stone Walling

  • 11 — 14 August 2014

Join Master Craftsman Nigel Goody to learn the basics of the art of dry stone walling. Daily taster sessions will provide the opportunity to gain an introduction and practical insight into the traditional skill of dry stone walling. Consecutive days can be booked to develop your experience and knowledge.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£40.00.

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/dry-stone-walling-2014

Image courtesy Whispering Wood Folk

The Whispering Wood Folk: Secrets of the Fey (open air theatre)

  • 22 August 2014 6-10pm

Journey into the YSP lakes and woodlands with The Whispering Wood Folk as they present Secrets of the Fey, an immersive experience combining aerial acrobatics, live music and storytelling for all ages.

Suitable for

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

Admission

Adults £10, children £5, under 5s free. Family tickets (2 adults and up to 3 children) £28

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/the-whispering-wood-folk-secrets-of-the-fey-(open-air-theatre)

Courtesy the artist

Hester Reeve: YMEDACA

  • 30 August 2014 10am-5pm

Reeve has invited seven local groups, including Cantabile choral group and The Magick Lounge and Hand Tool Users United, to devise a series of events, known as ‘liberalation manoeuvres’, for her pop-up, which will run from dawn to dusk across the Park.

Admission

Parking charges apply

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/ymedaca

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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