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About YSP

‘Britain’s first and finest sculpture park’

BBC Arts

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is the leading international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture which celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2022.

It is an independent charitable trust (number 1067908) and registered museum situated in the 500-acre, 18th-century Bretton Hall estate in West Yorkshire. Founded in 1977 by Sir Peter Murray CBE, YSP was the first sculpture park in the UK, and is the largest of its kind in Europe, providing the only place in Europe to see Barbara Hepworth’s The Family of Man in its entirety alongside a significant collection of sculpture, including bronzes by Henry Moore, and site-specific works by Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and James Turrell.
YSP mounts a world-class, year-round temporary exhibitions programme including some of the world’s leading artists across six indoor galleries and outdoors. Recent highlights include exhibitions by Tony Cragg, Not Vital, KAWS, Bill Viola, Anthony Caro, Fiona Banner, Ai Weiwei, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Amar Kanwar, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Joan Miró and Jaume Plensa. More than 80 works on display across the estate include major sculptures by Phyllida Barlow, Ai Weiwei, Roger Hiorns, Sol LeWitt, Joan Miró and Dennis Oppenheim.

‘YSP is one of the great institutions committed to sculpture in the world’

Sir Nicholas Serota

‘For a day's fun with art, it's hard to beat the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Set in a beautiful landscaped garden laid out in the 18th century, it's a place to wander, discover and be amazed.’

Waldemar Januszczak, The Sunday Times

YSP’s driving purpose for 40 years has been to ignite, nurture and sustain interest in and debate around contemporary art and sculpture, especially with those for whom art participation is not habitual or familiar. It enables open access to art, situations and ideas, and continues to re-evaluate and expand the approach to considering art’s role and relevance in society. Supporting 45,000 people each year through YSP’s learning programme, this innovative work develops ability, confidence and life aspiration in participants.
YSP's core work is made possible by investment from Arts Council England, Wakefield Council, Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation and Sakurako and William Fisher through the Sakana Foundation. 


2019 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist (The Weston)
2019 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards, Best Art, Culture and film category finalist
2019 Welcome to Yorkshire, White Rose Awards, Large Attraction of the Year finalist
2019 RIBA National Award (The Weston)
2019 RIBA Yorkshire Award, RIBA Yorkshire Building of the Year, and RIBA Yorkshire Client of the Year (The Weston)
2018 Days Out with the Kids Awards, Best Free Family Day Out and Best Day Out for Under 5s finalist
2018 Fantastic for Families Awards, Best Family Event finalist (Hidden Forest Open Days)
2018 Welcome to Yorkshire, White Rose Awards, Arts & Culture category finalist
2016 Welcome to Yorkshire, White Rose Awards, Large Attraction of the Year
2014 Art Fund Museum of the Year 
2014 RIBA National Award and RIBA Yorkshire Award (Seizure Gallery by Adam Khan Architects)
2013 Yorkshire's Most Magnificent Attraction (public vote)
2013 Northern Design Awards Best Independent Retailer (YSP Shop)
2012 Northern Design Awards Best Independent Retailer (YSP Shop)
2012 Critics' Circle Award (Peter Murray CBE)
2011 Ramon Llull Award for Creative Arts (Peter Murray CBE)
​2011 Yorkshire's Most Magnificent Attraction (public vote)
2011 Welcome to Yorkshire, White Rose Awards, Business Tourism Award
2010 Yorkshire Business Insider Awards, Unique Venue of the Year and Team of the Year
2008 South Bank Show Awards, Visual Arts Award (Andy Goldsworthy at YSP)
2006 RIBA White Rose Award – Sports and Leisure Category and RIBA National Award (Underground Gallery)
2006 Civic Trust Award (Underground Gallery)
2004 Civic Trust Awards (YSP Centre)
2003 RIBA Award and RIBA White Rose Award for Best Building in Yorkshire (Underground Gallery)
2003 RIBA Awards (YSP Centre)
2003 RIBA Yorkshire White Rose Awards (YSP Centre)

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