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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 vacancies

YSP is a vibrant and dynamic not-for-profit arts organisation and the most important sculpture park in Europe. YSP attracts close to 500,000 visitors a year, and spans 500 acres of exceptional historic parkland, including lakes, woodland and galleries. It is regionally, nationally and internationally significant for its year-round contemporary and modern sculpture exhibition programme, which includes some of the world’s leading artists across six indoor galleries and the open air.

YSP values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


Kitchen Porter
Seasonal ending Sunday 1st November 2020
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As a Kitchen Porter, you will be at the heart of our kitchen and we are looking for an individual who will share our energy and passion and will contribute to our ongoing success at The Weston.
You’ll be working in a team full of fantastic people as a Kitchen Porter.

As a kitchen porter, your duties include but are not limited to:
- Ensure a smooth pot wash operation and general washing-up duties to include all tableware and kitchen equipment
- Ensuring all kitchen areas are clear of debris and conform to Health and safety regulations
- Assisting the kitchen team with additional duties as and when required
To apply for the role, please send a completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form to jay.simpson@ysp.org.uk or write to Human Resources at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG.

Due to the number of applications we receive we are unable to confirm receipt of your application.
Closing date for applications is 10am Monday 23rd July 2020

YSP values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.​


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.


The National Arts Education Archive (NAEA) at Yorkshire Sculpture Park are looking for a volunteer archivist for one day per week. Travel expenses (up to 40 miles) and a lunch voucher for YSP restaurant are given in exchange. In November 2018, the NAEA gained National Archive Accreditation and we are keen to build on this success by inviting someone with archive qualifications and expertise to join our dedicated team of volunteers.

Day in and day out, people volunteer in a multitude of ways to ensure that the Park is a success, and we're extremely grateful. Volunteering is a great way to be a part of Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s work.

Learn more about volunteering and how to apply

Alternatively, you can contact volunteers@ysp.org.uk

Get in touch

Jay Simpson, HR Manager
Tel +44 (0)1924 832511


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