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
- 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
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.
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