Yorkshire Sculpture Park
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.
Summer: 10am-6pm Centre, Shop, Restaurant + Galleries 10-5pm.
Winter: 10am-5pm Centre, Shop, Restaurant + Galleries 10-4pm.
Closed: 24+25 December
Admission free / Parking charges apply
YSP is a charity. Your parking fee supports everything we do.
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.
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
Henry Moore: Back to a Land
- 7 March — 6 September 2015 *on now
This major exhibition, in collaboration with The Henry Moore Foundation, takes a fresh approach to Moore’s work by considering his profound relationship with land, which was fundamental to his practice and fuelled his visual vocabulary.
A founding patron of YSP, Moore was committed to showing his work in the open air and in the rolling hills of the former Deer Park in particular.
The exhibition not only explores the artist’s radical notion of placing sculpture in the landscape – large scale sculptures greet the visitor on arrival at the Park and are displayed against the beautiful and historic vistas of the Bothy Garden – but the importance of earth in Moore’s creative thinking. Arch Rock, Ice Berg, Rocky Landscape and numerous other drawings, some rarely seen in public, along with a range of sculptures exploring scale and the interplay between internal and external spaces, emphasise the artist’s constant investigation of land, from the black coal seams of his hometown and the rich geology of Britain, to the mystical ancient forms of Stonehenge. The exhibition also presents an opportunity to explore the man behind the practice with a carefully selected display of personal artifacts, notes, sketches and photographs, curated in collaboration with the artist’s daughter, Mary Moore.
- Any age
Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977–1986
- 1 April — 21 June 2015 *on now
The late 1970s and 1980s witnessed the emergence of a younger generation of artists working in the UK who began to receive international attention for practices which, although incredibly diverse, share a revived interest in the sculpted object, in materials, and in ideas around making. Making It is the first exhibition to survey this exciting moment in British sculpture. It shows how approaches to object making were reinvigorated by the breakthroughs in conceptual and performance art made by preceding generations and by sculptural and cultural inspirations from beyond these shores.
Drawn primarily from the holdings of the Arts Council Collection and augmented with major loans from important UK public and private collections, Making It represents the work of over 40 artists including Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker and Alison Wilding among many others. This substantial exhibition embraces a wide range of sculptural practices, highlighting shared concerns, as well as important differences, between and within established groups.
Making It is an Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition, which launches at Longside Gallery, a space shared with Yorkshire Sculpture Park, before touring to Mead Art Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre in Autumn 2015. The Arts Council Collection is managed by Southbank Centre.
The exhibition has been curated with Dr Jon Wood, Research Curator at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, and we are grateful to the Henry Moore Institute for their research support and for making available the rich resources of the Henry Moore Institute Library. The Henry Moore Institute will host a related conference in 2015.
- Any age
Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana
- 2 May — 6 September 2015 *on now
Venice-based siblings Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana are internationally renowned artists and descendants of the Venini glassware dynasty, established by Paolo Venini on the island of Murano in 1921. In May 2015, they bring their elegant sculptural forms and colourful glass paintings to YSP’s refurbished 18th century chapel in their first ever UK exhibition.
Experimentation, risk-taking and innovation drive the de Santillanas’ work, fed by widespread travel and collaborations with glassmaking experts across the world. Alessandro’s inspiration is water, which translates to the incredible treatment of the surface in his works, many of which have a strong, painterly quality. The YSP exhibition includes a series of wall and floor works by the artist with a complex, dark black yet mirrored patina, recalling the sense of looking into deep, reflecting pools.
Crushing the typical blown cylinder, folding it in on itself, is a technique often employed by Laura de Santillana to produce slab-like forms that are, in a sense, envelopes forever sealed by the making process. The artist refers to them as ‘glass books’, and they retain a powerful sense of seeming to contain knowledge held in suspension. In the chapel, the artist shows a library of these forms, to which she returns habitually, in specially made bookshelves.
In association with Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Le Stanze del Vetro and Pentagram Stiftung, Venice.
- Any age
Rob Ryan: Listen to the World
- 4 July — 1 November 2015
Visitors are invited to enter Rob Ryan’s whimsical world in YSP Centre to discover a collection of charming and intricate papercuts and prints spanning the last six years of the artist’s career, all of which are available to buy.
- 18 July — 1 November 2015
This major exhibition, in partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, celebrates and commemorates the extraordinary career of Sir Anthony Caro (1924–2013).
Caro’s relationship with Yorkshire was long and productive and included the highly important work with the Henry Moore Sculpture Trust, Halifax, in 1994–5. Here Caro explored the relationship between sculpture and architecture and produced the monumental Halifax Steps (1994), which began a major body of work culminating in Millbank Steps (2004) for Tate Britain. Caro was one of the first artists to support YSP and was a staunch advocate of the region’s artistic heritage and growing reputation as a world destination for sculpture.
Coinciding with Henry Moore: Back to a Land, this project is an opportunity for visitors to experience the work of Caro alongside that of his former tutor. Caro was assistant to Moore from 1951–3, a period he acknowledged as being of crucial importance to the development of his practice. The exhibition, in YSP Centre, Longside Gallery and the open air, includes figurative studies – some annotated by Moore, sculpture models, bronze portraits, galvanised steel and Perspex works, and a selection of Last Sculptures, created shortly before the artist’s death.
In 1991, Caro wrote, ‘Painters, sculptors and architects are at the root of the visual business together’, explicitly stating his interdisciplinary approach to sculpture which has been evident within his work since the 1960s. Distinct yet complementary exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield and YSP consider respectively Caro’s parallel concerns with architectural principles and painting.
- Any age
Bob and Roberta Smith
- 5 September 2015 — 3 January 2016
Visiting artist Bob and Roberta Smith, responds to YSP’s National Arts Education Archive in a new project celebrating the archive’s 30th anniversary.
Smith considers art to be an important element in democratic life, his work often taking the form of painted signs. Visitors can experience the open-air work, Art Makes Children Powerful (2012), which calls for activism and consciousness against the political establishment and is given new meaning at YSP.
First established at Bretton Hall College in 1985, the National Art Education Archive (NAEA) is a unique asset comprising key collections relating to developments in art education from the 19th century onwards. There are over 100 catalogued collections in the NAEA, the core collections reflecting Child Art and Basic Design, fundamentally opposing viewpoints of art education in the UK in the post-war years.
- Any age
- 1 — 31 October 2015
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.
- Any age
- Family friendly
- 14 November 2015 — 28 February 2016
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.
- Any age
WILD Seasonal Walks
- 6 June 2015 11am-12:30pm
Join members of the WILD Team and nature enthusiasts on an informative seasonal walk around YSP’s woodland and lakes. This season, expect to encounter birdsong, budding trees and spring flowers, which foretell the arrival of warmer days to come and the promise of summer.
•Please wear sensible footwear, suitable for outdoor walking
•You may wish to bring binoculars or telescopes to help viewing
•Due to the location, this walk is unsuitable for dogs
•Suitable for ages 6+
•Please meet at YSP Learning
•This event is suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs – please specify at the time of booking
- Any age
Moore and Auden Monthly Poetry Readings
- 7 June 2015 2-2:30pm
In 1974, Henry Moore was asked to produce a series of lithographs for a portfolio of poems by English poet W H Auden (1907–1973). Moore decided that his lithographs should not just be illustrations for Auden's poems but should stand as images in their own right, complementing or contrasting with the poetry.
Drop into the Underground Gallery on the first Sunday of the month to hear a selection of Auden's poems set amongst the works of Henry Moore.
- Any age
Making It: Tuesday Talks
- 9 June 2015 2-2:30pm
Join a member of the Arts Council Collection team for a free and informal guided tour of Making It: Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977–1986.
This is a drop in event. Tours take place from 2pm on 21 April, 12 May and 9 June.
Parking at Longside Gallery is for Blue Badge holders only. There is a free shuttle bus to and from the gallery every 1/2 hour from YSP Centre between 11am and 2.30pm (winter), 3.30pm (summer).
- Any age
Ursula von Rydingsvard in Venice
- 9 May — 22 November 2015 *on now
YSP has identified a unique and exciting opportunity to take six sculptures from our major 2014 exhibition by Ursula von Rydingsvard to Venice to coincide with the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.
The outdoor sculptures, in bronze, cedar and polyurethane resin, will be shown in the Giardino della Marinaressa, a public park with stunning views across the water to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore.
Garden designer, Luciano Giubbilei will re-landscape the Giardino di Marinaressa to accommodate the works in a second collaboration with von Rydingsvard – the Laurent-Perrier garden, designed by Giubbilei and featuring a sculpture by von Rydingsvard won the Best Show Garden award at the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
One of America’s most inventive and individual artists, with work in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, amongst others, von Rydingsvard has evolved a distinctive, highly personal sculptural language that has become synonymous with cedar, the wood that lies at the heart of her practice.
In collaboration with Galerie Lelong, New York.
- Any age
Sculpture Skills: Relief Wax Casting
- 30 May 2015 10am-5pm *on now
Led by Sculptor Liadin Cooke, this one-day Relief Wax Casting Workshop will explore the possibilities of working in wax as a primary medium to create sculpture whilst looking at casting as a method of production.
Participants will make a plaster mould from a clay pattern and then take a wax cast from the mould. Different techniques of working in wax will be covered along with an exploration of its possibilities as a sculptural medium.
•This one-day introduction to wax casting will run from 10.00–16.30 in the Garden Studio located in YSP Learning
•The course is suitable for all abilities (ages 18+, 16+ considered), all that is required is enthusiasm. All materials are provided
•Please bring ideas you may have with you for the course, these can be discussed beforehand or on the day
•Work with clay to create pattern
•Make plaster mould
•Lunch (YSP Café or packed lunch advised)
•Prepare mould for casting
•Cast wax from mould
•Group discussion on work produced
£45 per person
Bretton Lakes, Entertainment and the Aurora
- 13 June 2015 5:30-7pm
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 at the lakes at its many interesting follies. Inspired by the story of Sir Thomas Wentworth’s ship the Aurora that often sailed on these lakes, families are invited to create their own paper ship and sail it down the lake to finish off the day, seeing the summer time arrive.
•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
- Any age
£6 per person
Metal Sculpture Course with Brian Fell & Owen Cunningham
- 13 — 14 June 2015 10am-5pm
Led by Brian Fell and Owen Cunningham, these two-day metalwork courses take place in YSP’s metal workshop. During this time, participants will get the chance to explore the use of metal to draw and divide space. There will be a demonstration of tools, machines and their functions, and participants will receive expert advice and guidance to help realise their project.
•Each course will run 10.00–17.00 daily and include both cold and furnace forging, with instruction in welding, cutting and other techniques
•The course is suitable for all abilities (ages 18+), all that is required is enthusiasm and suitable clothing. All materials and PPE (gloves and masks) are provided. Strong or steel toe capped boots are advised
•Metal used on the course comes in a wide variety of different shapes, sizes and thicknesses, most commonly used are sheet steel and steel bar – round and square
•Concessionary places are available to those over 60 years of age
•A minimum deposit of £50 is required when booking this course, the balance can then be paid up to 30 days before the course starts
£250 per person, concessions £220
Textured Porcelain Brooch and Tile Making
- 13 June 2015 10am-4pm
Join artist Katie Almond to learn how to work with porcelain, exploring surface treatment and applying various under glaze colours.
You will begin with an introduction to Katie's work and inspirations whilst enjoying refreshments. In the morning section, experiment with clay to make a brooch and in the afternoon produce a textured porcelain tile.
No experience is necessary as step-by-step advice will be given and you will be able to add your personality by experimenting with Katie's vintage lace, buttons and stamps.
Each participant will make a totally unique final piece which Katie will take back to her workshop to fire and will then be posted back to your address or available to collect from YSP (postage is £4.95 1st/2nd class, £10.00 for special delivery or collection from YSP is free).
•All materials are provided but please bring an apron or protective clothing.
•Katie would like you to bring any interesting textures that you have (e.g. foraged leaves) however this is not compulsory as there will have plenty to choose from on the day
•Parking, a buffet lunch and refreshments are included in the price
•Concessions available for over 60s and students
•The workshop is accessible for wheelchair users
Katie's work is featured the MADE showcase at YSP, 6 June–30 August 2015.
£70 per person, concessions £65
Clare Charnley: Meet The Artist
- 20 June 2015 2-2:30pm
Join visiting artist Clare Charnley for an informal walk in to Country Park to find out more about her YSP project Spring Lamb Project
Based in the Country Park for five days over May and June 2015, Charnley is evolving temporary structures for lambs to play on and will observe how the interactions with the sculptures occur. YSP invites you to meet with the artist and find out more about her practice and her time spent here at the Park.
Booking is essential.
- Any age
- 4 July — 1 November 2015
Rob Ryan, the highly acclaimed artist known for his intricate paper cuts, returns to YSP in 2015 with an exhibition inspired by Japanese culture, realising a long-held ambition to transfer his work onto fabric.
Taking inspiration from his trips to Japan, Ryan will create his own ‘noren’ (simple fabric signs), which, in Japan, are a vibrant and fresh part of daily life. Alongside this colourful, maze-like installation, Ryan presents his latest paper cuts and works on paper, all of which are available to buy. Ryan has collaborated with Paul Smith, Liberty of London, Tatty Devine and Vogue along with many other established brands.
- Any age
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
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.
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How to obtain
Tours are free and start at 2:00pm on the Visitor Centre concourse
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