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
Still Looking: Mindfulness and art
- 13 June 2017 11am-1pm
- 11 July 2017 11am-1pm
- 8 August 2017 11am-1pm
A new way to take a bit of time out for yourself and enjoy experiencing art mindfully. Learn how to use mindfulness practices to move from being a passive observer to more active engagement with artworks in the galleries and the open air – and if that’s not enough of a treat it’s all rounded off with tasty refreshments and time to share your experiences (or keep them to yourself if you prefer!)
Quotes from participants:
‘An extraordinary experience that should be offered to all!’
‘Such a positive experience, becoming calmer and more mindful I was ready to look and see sculpture in a more meaningful way.’
Art and Social for over 55s
- 29 June 2017 2-4pm
- 27 July 2017 2-4pm
- 31 August 2017 2-4pm
Join us for tea or coffee and cake, followed by a look around the exhibitions, a gentle walk, or perhaps a drawing or making activity – you tell us what you like and we’ll try to make it happen. Whether you come alone or with a friend, we guarantee a warm welcome!
- Not suitable for children
Family Sculpture Workshop: Come Rain, Come Shine
- 30 May 2017 11am-12pm, 1:30-2:30pm
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
- Any age
Two O’Clock Tuesdays
- 25 April — 6 June 2017 *on now
Tuesday 25 April, 2pm
Sam Cornish, curator and writer, and the co-curator of the Kaleidoscope exhibition, will provide an informal introduction to the exhibition and the works on display.
Tuesday 9 May, 2pm
Dr Joanne Crawford, Lecturer in History of Art and Director of Student Education at the University of Leeds will offer an illuminating insight into the art of the 1960s.
Tuesday 6 June, 2pm
BA Fine Art students from Leeds Beckett University will share their perspectives on the displayed work, discussing its impact on on their own practice.
This event accompanies the Arts Council Collection touring exhibition Kaleidoscope: Colour & Sequence in 1960s British Art at Longside Gallery.
Kaleidoscope Screen Printing
- 30 May 2017 From 6:30pm
This workshop will take as its starting point the dazzling colours and repeated geometric forms found in the exhibition Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art. Working under the expert guidance of artist and printmaker Sally Gilford, you will develop your own work of art to take home, first seeking inspiration in the gallery before forging your own design to screen print onto calico.
Kaleidoscope: Ready, Steady... Print!
- 31 May 2017 12-4pm
Join the artist and printmaker Sally Gilford for this fun and free screenprinting workshop exploring the shapes, colours and repeated forms found in 1960s abstract art. Using the brightly-coloured sculptures and paintings on display in Kaleidoscope as your inspiration, you can make your very own work of art to take home.
Lomography at YSP
- 4 June 2017 1-4pm
You’ll learn about double exposures, flips and the power of a good close-up. This is your chance to explore the Park in analogue.
- 24 June 2017 11am-1pm
Travel with storyteller Oksana Tyminske on an story that unfolds, unstacks and unbalances. Discovering artworks by Tony Cragg, we will move, stretch and bend to imagine how he made his sculptures. Together we will walk down the hill to visit the Hidden Forest, our special place for our youngest visitors, for some child led play.
Paper Quilt Workshop with Alice Pattullo
- 8 July 2017 10am-4pm
Alice will introduce different mark-making and print techniques which can be used to produce patterned and textured papers to collage together and work into to make your design. Alice will provide a selection of reference material, such as images of traditional American school house quilts which inspired her own ‘quilt’, old paper cut images, and more contemporary photos of different architecture to draw inspiration from. You may want to bring images of a house that is important to you to include in your design.
No need for strong drawing skills – your design can be as literal or abstract as you like depending on your confidence. Pre-made templates, inspired by patchwork pieces will be provided to be used with your papers, or you can make your own silhouettes.
Frame, Focus, Shoot: Photography for Bigger Kids
- 26 July 2017 11am-1pm
Work with local photographer David Lindsay to explore composition, framing, editing and experimenting, using your camera lens to look at Tony Cragg’s exhibition. Curate a series of your own photographs that tell your story of the show.
- 2 August 2017 11am-12pm
Meet Monkey, Rabbit, Ox and friends and participate in an animal escapade with storyteller Oksana Tyminska. Have your animal voices ready to squawk and squeak, and join us as we hoppity skip, wriggle and roll near the Zodiac Heads by Ai Weiwei in Lower Park.
Wire Bird Making Workshop with Chris Moss
- 12 August 2017 10am-4pm
During this workshop, you'll learn basic wire techniques and tools and discover how to use them to create your own scribbly wire wren, sparrow or robin. You'll have the opportunity to develop your ideas further during the day and with Chris' support and encouragement, create your own handmade flock of small birds, decorated with coloured wire and other accessories. The skills acquired on the day will enable you to continue to explore your creative ideas at home. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners.
Parlour Pastimes: Paper Flower Arranging with Alice Pattullo
- 16 September 2017 10am-4pm
Alice will introduce different mark-making and print techniques which can be used to produce patterned and textured papers to collage together and work into to make your flowers.
Alice will provide a selection of reference material, to introduce different stylistic approaches to interpreting the flower, from images of patchwork quilts, old gardening books, Victorian scraps and botanical papercuts. You may want to look at the plants in the YSP grounds to work from, or bring your own flowers or images to inspire you.
Alice’s constant inspiration from the stories/ history behind topics could be taken heed of here by looking at the tradition of floriography which allocates a sentiment or meaning to each flower, so that a coded message could be sent with a bouquet in a time when a young woman couldn’t interact in the world without a chaperone.
No need for strong drawing skills - your flowers can be interpreted as literally or abstract as you like depending on your confidence. Pre-made templates can be used to draw around to apply your own decoration to.
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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