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
Rob Ryan: Listen to the World
- 4 July — 1 November 2015 *on now
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
Caro in Yorkshire
- 18 July — 1 November 2015 *on now
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 *on now
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
- 10 October 2015 — 10 April 2016
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
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
Whispering Wood Folk: Open Air Theatre
- 12 September — 10 October 2015 *on now
Journey into the YSP lakes and woodlands with Whispering Woods as they present Red Threads, an immersive, intoxicating experience combining aerial acrobatics, live music and fireside storytelling for all ages.
The Whispering Wood Folk specialise in creating unique performances within natural setting using a blend of music, storytelling and physical performance designed to capture the imagination and astound the senses.
- Any age
Adults £10, children £5
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