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.


  • 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



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

  • 19 March — 5 June 2016 *on now

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



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

  • Family friendly



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



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



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



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.
Family sculpture workshop

Family Sculpture Workshop: Come Rain, Come Shine

  • 13 February — 25 June 2016 *on now

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


Adults £3.00
Children £3.00
Concessions £3.00



Children discovering sculpture

Art Adventurers

  • 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


Adults free
Children £5.00



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



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

KAWS Screen-Printing

  • 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+


Adults £6.00
Children £6.00



Bothy Gallery

Home Since 1508: The Bretton Estate

  • 28 May 2016 From 2pm

To celebrate At Home in the Bothy Gallery – the former home to the Bretton Estate head gardener – join this walk and talk to find out about this historic building – the first documented house built here in around 1508 – and the families that have lived on the estate.
Suitable for children aged 12+
Booking required

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+



Not Vital, House to Watch the Night Skies.

Family Sculpture Workshop: A House to Dream in

  • 2 June 2016 From 12:30pm

Taking inspiration from the Not Vital exhibition in the Underground Gallery and open air, use bamboo, plastic pipes and wood to create outdoor structures from which you can dream of marvellous things.

Drop in between 12.30 and 15.30

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £3.00
Children £3.00



YSP Jewellery

Jewellery Sand Casting

  • 11 June 2016

Join artist Jennie Gill to learn the techniques behind sand and water casting. With step-by-step guidance, create your own special silver-cast charm bracelet or pendant.

Suitable for beginners
All materials are provided but please being an apron and a small item no larger than 2cm to be cast
Parking, refreshments and a buffet lunch are included in the price
Please meet in YSP Learning Garden Studio

Suitable for

  • 18+


Tickets £85.00
Concessions £80.00



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


Adults £8.50
Children £8.50



Not Vital, House to Watch the Sunset.

Summer Solstice: Out of Hours Tour and Sunset Viewing

  • 16 June 2016 From 8:30pm

Celebrate the arrival of summer with an exclusive after-hours curator-led tour of the first major exhibition in the UK by Swiss artist Not Vital.

The gallery tour is followed by a special sunset viewing in James Turrell's Deer Shelter Skyspace, inspired by Vital's sculpture House to Watch the Sunset.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £8.00
Children £8.00



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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