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Set in 500 acres of historic parkland Yorkshire Sculpture Park seeks to provide a centre of regional, national and international importance for the creation and appreciation of modern and contemporary sculpture. We value a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community. 

Current Opportunities

Open Call: New Sculpture in Yorkshire

As part of Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s continued commitment to supporting and developing creative talent in the county, we are delighted to announce an open call for a number of outdoor sculpture commissions on behalf of a private collection. 

The YSP Curatorial Team will support artists throughout the selection, production and installation process as well as giving feedback to those who propose ideas but are not chosen, offering constructive review towards the continued development of their practice and career.
Proposals are invited from any artist, including students, based in the historic county of Yorkshire as defined by the Association of British Counties.
It is anticipated that the selected artworks will be sculptures in three-dimensional form, though consideration will be given to different media and those that are not necessarily ground level, for example being suspended from a tree. There will be a maximum of six commissions, each by different artists, but we are open to receiving more than one proposal from artists or collectives.
There is an outline budget of £10,000 for each commission, not including transport and installation, but exceptional proposals in excess of this will also be considered.
We warmly encourage all to apply. For further details, please download the artist brief here.
Closing date for outline proposals 3 July 2020.

The Yorkshire Graduate Award

Set in 500 acres of historic landscape, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is an international centre for the creation, display and appreciation of modern and contemporary art. For over forty years, artist residencies have been at the heart of YSP, offering opportunities for early career and emerging artists to reflect and move forward with their practice.

In 2018 we launched the Yorkshire Graduate Award. Building on this successful residency programme, YSP is offering another placement for a recently graduated BA or MA artist, from any Yorkshire-based university, to work and stay onsite from autumn 2020.

The Yorkshire Graduate Award is for anyone graduating from a Yorkshire-based university in 2020 and comprises: a residency for up to four weeks at the Park, onsite accommodation, access to our facilities including metal and wood workshops, studio space and half a day with our Technical team. The awardee will receive £500 to develop new ideas and/or for materials, and will receive a critique from YSP’s Curatorial team. There is also the opportunity for a public facing element, for example, an open studio which would be supported by presence on YSP’s social media and website.

If this is of interest, please submit a supporting document, ideally a PDF (but not limited to) that includes a short statement on your current practice, information and images of your recent work and a simple outline of your plans if you were to be offered the residency. This plan does not have to be definitive and can change during the course of the residency.

Applications should be submitted digitally to curators@ysp.org.uk before 4 June 2020, allowing time for consideration by the YSP Curatorial team virtually.

YSP welcomes applications from all artistic disciplines.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Te Tuhi UK Residency Award 2020 - Supporting New Zealand Visual Artists

For over 40 years, artist residencies have been at the heart of Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP). Last year YSP worked with partner Te Tuhi in Auckland, New Zealand to select artist Darcell Apelu as the Park’s first recipient of the New Zealand-UK Residency Award, and celebrated the opportunity to work with an artist from the country for the first time.

Building on this successful partnership and programme, YSP is offering another placement for an artist from New Zealand to stay on-site at YSP for up to four weeks in 2020/2021, the exact period of which will be negotiated at a later date. Supported by philanthropists Sigrid and Stephen Kirk, the residency will comprise 3-4 weeks at YSP and include: hospitality and accommodation; access to metal and wood workshops, and basic studio space with a material budget of £500; curator critique feedback and up to half a day technical support; economy international airfare (up to the value £1500); internal UK travel expenses (up to £200) and artist stipend (£2000). YSP is two hours by train from London King’s Cross and we understand the importance of the capital city to any aspiring artist. As part of the residency, its benefactors generously offer use of a guest suite at their home in central London for up to 10 days.

The successful artist is not required to make an object or exhibition, but they will receive curatorial and technical advice if required. We are keen to support artists who have not yet developed a mainstream career and for whom this is likely to be their first working visit to the UK.

If this is of interest to you, please submit a PDF of no more than five pages including a short statement on your current practice with images of your work, and a simple outline of your plans if you were to be offered the residency. This proposal does not have to be definitive and can change during the course of the residency.

Applications should be submitted to exhibitions@tetuhi.org.nz before 31 May 2020. Shortlisting and Skype interviews will take place in June.

As a Registered Sponsor for Migrant Workers in the UK, YSP is required to follow a strict procedure to ensure correct visa paperwork is in place for all visiting artists. In advance of the residency, the recipient will need to apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Visa, with YSP as a sponsor.

Tune Into Nature Music Prize

A competition for musicians and singer/songwriters aged 16-29 whose work fosters a stronger relationship with nature through contemporary popular music.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park has teamed up with the Nature Connectedness Research Group at the University of Derby, musician Sam Lee, Selfridges, and Tileyard London to search for a piece of original music that tunes into nature – helping to highlight the need for a new relationship with nature and provide vital support for young creative practitioners.

The winning entry will receive a £1,000 grant to support their work and also benefit from a free professional remix with Tileyard London, produced by award-winning songwriter and producer Martyn Ware. In addition, selected entries will be broadcast through all of Selfridges’ stores on a celebratory weekend in the autumn.

The research team at the University of Derby has found that the connection between young people and nature dips during teenage years and takes more than a decade to recover. Research also shows that references to nature in contemporary music have decreased consistently since the 1950s. This matters as a close connection with nature helps both the wellbeing of people and our planet, as people who are tuned into nature are more likely to care for it.

The competition is open to anyone aged 16-29 and resident in the UK and the £1,000 grant is sponsored by Selfridges as part of its Creativity is Not Cancelled campaign, supporting emerging creative talent, and in light of its long-term commitment to creating a more sustainable future for people and the planet.

Further details and how to enter can be found at www.ysp.org.uk/tune-into-nature-music-prize
Closing date 31 July 2020.


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