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Giuseppe Penone: A Tree in the Wood

On display until 28 April 2019

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Current Exhibitions

Exhibition

Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads

6 May 2017–10 Jun 2019

In celebration of our 40th anniversary in 2017, we present Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads (2010), a dramatic group of 12 bronze animal heads that has been on a worldwide...

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Giuseppe Penone: A Tree in the Wood

26 May 2018–28 Apr 2019

One of the most eminent artists working today, Giuseppe Penone presents his extensive new exhibition in YSP’s light-filled Underground Gallery and across the historic landscape.

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Katrina Palmer

16 Jun 2018–16 Jun 2019

As part of 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War centenary, we're pleased to present Katrina Palmer’s The Coffin Jump, inspired by the role of women in the...

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Matthew Darbyshire: Brand Deities

2 Oct 2018–31 Mar 2019

Yorkshire Sculpture Park's partnership with Selfridges continues with new Art Block commission by Matthew Darbyshire.

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MADE

4 Nov 2018–23 Feb 2019

MADE is YSP Shop's changing programme of contemporary craft and applied arts which showcases the work of established and up-and-coming artists, designers and makers. 

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Norman Ackroyd: The Furthest Lands

17 Nov 2018–24 Feb 2019

YSP presents an exhibition of work by Norman Ackroyd CBE, RA, one of Britain’s foremost landscape artists and contemporary printmakers working today. The Furthest Lands showcases a vast range of...

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David Murphy: Blanket at The Piece Hall

25 Jan–7 Apr 2019

YSP has partnered with The Piece Hall in Halifax to present their first visual arts commission in the iconic courtyard of the former cloth hall. David Murphy has been selected from over 40 submissions...

Future Exhibitions

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Kimsooja: To Breathe

30 Mar–29 Sep 2019

Kimsooja transforms the historic chapel with To Breathe, an enthralling installation using light and mirrors and the latest in a series of projects exploring meditative qualities of space.

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Thukral and Tagra: Bread, Circuses & TBD

30 Mar–1 Sep 2019

Thukral and Tagra invite families, friends, and strangers to wrestle with the issues faced by farmers in India through their immaculately conceived installation Bread, Circuses & TBD, which...

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Criminal Ornamentation: Yinka Shonibare CBE curates the Arts Council Collection

5 Apr–16 Jun 2019

Yinka Shonibare CBE has curated a new Arts Council Collection Touring exhibition opening on 5 April 2019.

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Ella Doran: Sheep to Seat, Fleece to Floor

15 Jun–15 Sep 2019

Award-winning designer Ella Doran showcases the transformation of wool in her most ambitious project to date.

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David Smith

22 Jun 2019–5 Jan 2020

The first Yorkshire Sculpture International, a festival produced with our partners, Henry Moore Institute, The Hepworth Wakefield and Leeds Art Gallery, takes place from Saturday 22 June to Sunday 29...

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Ruth Ewan & Oscar Murillo

13 Jul–3 Nov 2019

A significant work in the 56th Venice Biennale, Frequencies is a long-term project by Colombian-born artist Oscar Murillo in collaboration with members of his family, the political scientist Clara...

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Alfredo Jaar

From May 2019

The Garden of Good and Evil was commissioned to coincide with the major exhibition of the same name at YSP in 2017 by Chilean-born artist Alfredo Jaar.   

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Holly Hendry

21 Sep 2019–19 Apr 2020

Holly Hendry presents a new sculpture installation developed with pioneering materials, such as synthetic skins.

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Melvyn Evans: Imprinting the Land

16 Nov 2019–23 Feb 2020

Melvyn Evans will reveal a new body of work inspired by the Yorkshire landscape and coastline, all of which is available to buy.

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Dillan Marsh and Eleanor Clare: The Poacher’s Lament & Other Half Heard Tales

From 20 March 2019

2018 visiting artists, Dillan Marsh and Eleanor Clare, return to YSP to showcase a project that explores the connections between real and imaginative spaces, inspired by the history of the Bretton...

Events

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Peter Randall-Page RA In Conversation with Peter Murray

21 Feb 2019

YSP is taking part in a nationwide programme of in-conversations, exhibitions and events with Art Fund support to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts (RA). Peter Randall-Page...

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Words of Paradise

23 Feb 2019

What would paradise on earth look like? Local writer Becky Cherriman and sculptor Saad Qureshi invite families for a day of creative writing and imagining. Taking inspiration from the art and...

Free

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The Trees from the Wood: Family Drawing

24 Feb 2019

Drop into our light filled Underground Gallery for free inspiring and imaginative family drawing activities. Supported by an artist, compose, capture and stretch your thinking through drawing ideas...

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Members Only

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Halifax Art and Sculpture Tour: A Piece Hall and YSP Members' Event

26 Feb 2019

An opportunity for Piece Hall and YSP members to have an exclusive tour focusing on sculpture and art in Halifax. The day will begin at The Piece Hall with coffee and a talk and tour from YSP curator...

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Art and Social for over 55s

Last Thursday of the month / 14.00–16.00

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 – tell us what you like and we’ll try to make it...

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Giuseppe Penone: In Conversation

1 Mar 2019

Join Giuseppe Penone, one of the most eminent artists working today as he discusses his work, influences and the inspiration behind his YSP exhibition A Tree in The Wood with YSP’s Director of...

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Mindful Walk: Into the Light

2 Mar 2019

Mindful Walk: Into the Light involves guided mindful meditation to experience the art and landscape in a different way. Guided by a professional mindfulness expert, this walk will open your senses to...

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Tales from the Gallery – Storytelling for Under 5s

3 Mar 2019

Join us on the first Sunday of every month for interactive and immersive storytelling in the gallery.   A different story is created in the gallery every month in this 45-minute session by...

Free

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Subject to Change Project

4 Mar–20 May 2019

Subject to Change offers the opportunity for adults with lived experience of mental ill health to spend time being creative in the beautiful setting of YSP. Led by professional artists, each session...

Members Only

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YSP Patron's Taster Event: Inside Kimsooja's A Needle Woman

15 Mar 2019

YSP Patrons and Friends are offered the unique experience of stepping inside Kimsooja's A Needle Woman: Galaxy was a Memory, Earth is a souvenir (2014), now on display in Lower Park. With a locked...

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Lines of Colour – Textile, Print, Sculpture & Land

17 Mar and 24 Mar 2019 (two-day event) / 11.00–16.00

Spend two days experimenting with printing, ancient Japanese shibori dyeing techniques, and stitching to develop your own unique artwork full of colour, print and texture. Inspired by Giuseppe...

Free

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The Poacher's Lament & Other Half Heard Tales – Launch Event

20 Mar 2019

On the evening of the spring equinox, visitors will be guided on a processional tour of sound work around Upper Lake by two masked figures representing mythological...

Free

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Dillan Marsh and Eleanor Clare: Meet the Artists and Pop-Up Exhibition

23 Mar–24 Mar 2019

Drop in at the YSP Boat House to meet Visiting Artists Dillan Marsh and Eleanor Clare and find out about their YSP project The Poacher's Lament & Other Half Heard Tales Discover...

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From Chapel to Chapel – The Families of Bretton

23 Mar 2019

YSP’s Chapel is now a unique gallery space but it was originally built in 1744. Named St Bartholomew’s, it was used by the families that lived on the Bretton Estate. Join this event to...

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Little Explorers for Under 5s

28 Mar–31 Oct 2019

Fun awaits in the Hidden Forest on the Last Thursday of the month, let our artists take you and your little one on an imaginative adventure to visit a sculpture near to the Hidden Forest. Skip, jump...

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Seasonal Family Sculpture Walk: Spring

30 Mar 2019

Join us for a family springtime sculpture walk. Discover sculptures, draw outside and notice the natural world waking up from its winter slumber. Relax, unwind and enjoy a playful family walk. Make...

Free

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The ARTcart

30 Mar–25 May 2019 / 11.00–16.00

Roll up, roll up, the ARTcart is popping up again! Take part in some art making, art thinking and art playing with your family. Look out for us as we move throughout the Park – just ask a member...

Members Only

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Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection: Behind the Scenes

3 Apr 2019

Join Beth Hughes, Curator of the Arts Council Collection, for an exclusive preview of Yinka Shonibare’s curated exhibition, Criminal Ornamentation, a few days before it opens to the public....

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Mindful Moments on Slow Art Day: To Breathe

6 Apr 2019

A unique opportunity to take part in an intimate 'slow viewing' of Kimsooja's installation To Breathe in the Chapel. Experience a private viewing of this remarkable installation of...

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An Introduction to the Bretton Estate – Walk & Talk

Dates between 6 Apr–19 Oct 2019 / 14.00–15.00

Find out about the fascinating historical aspects of YSP’s grounds, once the location of a vibrant country estate. This hour-long walk focuses on the features and characters associated with the...

Free

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Make Yourself at Home: Family Studio Space

Sun–Tues in the Easter Holidays (7–23 April), 11am–4pm

Pop into our family friendly creative space at YSP Learning. Make, draw, construct, play, imagine and have fun in our Garden Studio. Explore ideas inspired by current exhibitions at YSP and be your...

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Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine

Tuesdays in Half Term

Immerse yourself in an imaginative world of sculpture making. Work and play together to build sculptures inspired by artists in the Park. Stack, balance, join, arrange. Always outdoors, Come...

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Wire Bird Making Workshop with Chris Moss

13 Apr 2019

During this workshop, you'll learn basic wire and tools techniques alongside Chris Moss and discover how to use them to create your own scribbly wire wren, sparrow or robin. You'll have the...

Free

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Hidden Forest Open Days

13 & 20 April, 1 June

Adventure awaits in the Hidden Forest, our outdoor space for our youngest visitors. Jump, laugh, make, sing, and explore your right to play. Enjoy this magical space and spend time together beneath...

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Sculpt, Knit, & Imagine: Family Workshop

13 Apr 2019

Bring your family for an exclusive opportunity to work with visiting artist Connor Shields. Explore how knitting, bricks and concrete can become sculpture, and investigate his exhibition through...

Free

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Connor Shields: Meet the Artist and Pop-up Exhibition

19 Apr–22 Apr 2019

Following residencies at YSP in August 2018 and April 2019, Visiting Artist Connor Shields has created new work on site. Drop in at the YSP Boat House to meet Shields and find out more about his YSP...

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Art & History Connected – Heritage Walk

20 Apr 2019

Find out more about the history of the Bretton Estate and the connections between YSP’s history, art and the landscape. Explore influences from Ancient Greece, Roman architecture and 17th...

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YSP Poetry Walks – Spring: Penone's Writings 1968–2008

27 Apr 2019

 'To enter into the forest of wood is to embark on a voyage in time, into the history of every single tree and every year of its life.'   – Giuseppe...

Members Only

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YSP Members: A Timeline of Sculpture Walking Tour

3 May 2019

Join YSP Friend and volunteer Kathryn Barnes for a tour of sculpture in the open air at YSP. Placing key sculpture into historical context, the tour will take in a range of 20th-century works on...

Free

Event

RSPB Dawn Chorus Walk

4 May 2019 / 7am–8.30am

"I absolutely love the YSP at this time of the morning, the Park, the birds, and the Henry Moore works all to ourselves. Brilliant." Visitor comment Join RSPB experts on this early...

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Hot & Cold Sheet Metal

8 May–12 May 2019

This event is now sold out. Please email learning@ysp.org.uk to be added to the waiting list. Led by Brian Fell and Owen Cunningham, this five-day course allows you to experiment with...

Event

Bretton Hall Reunion 2019

11 May 2019

Whether you were a student or member of staff, Bretton Hall was a unique learning and creative environment that holds a very special place in the hearts of thousands.   Get together...

Event

Yinka Shonibare CBE: In Conversation

16 May 2019

Curated by the Nigerian-British artist, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Criminal Ornamentation explores the cultural and social implications of pattern in art. Don’t miss this very special opportunity...

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Diversity within the Arts: Inclusion and Intersectionality

17 May 2019

An event to bring people together to think about theoretical and practical settings for arts education, and to highlight the importance of using research as a theoretical base for thinking and...

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Museums at Night: An After-Hours Adventure

17 May 2019

As the day draws to an end, take part in an outdoor sculpture adventure for Museums at Night. Spend time together enjoying the Park, after hours, as the sculptures go to sleep. Investigate...

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Museums at Night – Twilight Lake Walk

17 May 2019

Join our Heritage Team on a guided twilight walk to explore the rich history of the YSP landscape. Enjoy a walk and talk around the Park’s historic lakes to discover the interesting follies that...

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Museums at Night – Sunset in the Skyspace 2019

17 May 2019

Join YSP to celebrate Museums at Night 2019 by experiencing the effect of the change of light from day to night in James Turrell’s tranquil Deer Shelter Skyspace. Through an aperture...

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Museums at Night: Nightfall in the Woods

17 May 2019

Tune into the rhythm of the natural world and take this unique opportunity to soak in the sights, sounds and smells of twilight in the beautiful woodland and historic parkland of YSP. This slow and...

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Botanicals: Spring Blossom

18 May 2019

A magical, relaxing day gathering and drawing plants whilst learning about their medicinal properties. Sue Salmon, medical herbalist, has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share on walks around...

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Wax Casting

18 May–19 May 2019

This course will explore the possibilities of working in wax to create sculpture whilst looking at casting as a method of production. On this course you will make a plaster mould from a clay pattern...

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Sculpting in Plaster

1 Jun–2 Jun 2019

This event is now sold out. Please email learning@ysp.org.uk to be added to the waiting list. Instructed by sculptor Lewis Robinson, this two-day workshop allows participants to make a...

Members Only

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YSP Members: David Smith Behind The Scenes

14 Jun 2019

Join YSP Curator, Sarah Coulson, for an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Underground Gallery and open air a week before the opening of major exhibition of works by David Smith. Learn how...

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Relief Stone Carving Course

15 Jun–16 Jun 2019

This event is now sold out. Please email learning@ysp.org.uk to be added to the waiting list. Led by skilled stonemason Marcia Bennett-Male, this two-day course takes place outside at YSP Learning...

Event

Midsummer Metal Sculpture Course

22 Jun–23 Jun 2019

Led by Brian Fell and Owen Cunningham, you will have the opportunity to explore the use of metal to draw and divide space. It may be helpful to bring along some ideas for a piece of work you...

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The Creation of Bretton’s Lakes

22 Jun 2019

A summer heritage walk exploring the beautiful viewpoints around the lakes. Discover the stories that surround their creation, including Sir Thomas Wentworth’s boat the Aurora. Finish your walk...

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Margo Selby Creative Weaving Workshop

29 Jun–30 Jun 2019

A creative two-day weaving workshop which is suitable for all levels from complete beginners through to advance weavers who may want to look at their work with a fresh approach or learn a new...

Event

Stone Carving Sculpture Course

3–7 Jul & 14–18 Aug 2019

Work with skilled stonemason Marcia Bennett-Male on this five-day course to learn stone carving techniques with plenty of time to develop and refine your skills, and create your own stone...

Event

Kimsooja: Artist Talk

18 Jul 2019

Join internationally renowned South Korean artist Kimsooja as she discusses her ideas and practice, revealing the background to her enthralling new YSP Chapel installation, To Breathe. Considering...

Event

Relief Wood Carving Course

20 Jul–21 Jul 2019

Led by Tim Norris, this two-day course provides an introduction to the techniques of carving wood to make a relief sculpture. Tim specialises in large scale outdoor sculptural work and also runs...

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Afternoon Tea with Diana Beaumont

20 Jul 2019

Enjoy a walk around YSP’s historic lakes followed by afternoon tea in the Camellia House, a remarkable legacy of Diana Beaumont. Discover her interests and the important role she played in the...

Event

Stone Letter Carving

26 Jul–28 Jul 2019

Led by skilled stonemason Marcia Bennett-Male, this three-day course takes place outdoors at YSP Learning and gives first-time participants a practical, hands-on start in the discipline. Participants...

Event

Wood Carving Course

7 Aug–11 Aug 2019

Guided by expert wood carver Arthur De Mowbray, journey through the various techniques of carving wood to make a sculptural carving on this five-day course. You are able to bring drawings or images...

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Stone Carving Extended Practice

4 Sep–8 Sep 2019

Work with skilled stonemason Marcia Bennett-Male over the five-day course to learn the techniques of carving stone to develop and refine your stone carving skills. The course will use Indian...

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The Bretton Pleasure Grounds

14 Sep 2019

Join YSP to mark Heritage Open Days 2019, an annual celebration of England’s architecture and culture. Find out how Bretton Hall’s pleasure grounds were developed for the enjoyment of the...

Event

The Halls at Bretton

12 Oct 2019

Hear about the early halls that were built on the Bretton Estate and how they link to Henry VIII, Temple Newsam and the Bretton Hall we know today. Explore how the original buildings influenced the...

Event

Winter Metal

16 Nov–17 Nov 2019

Work with master metalwork sculptors Brian Fell and Owen Cunningham to explore the use of metal to draw and divide space. Includes demonstration of tools, machines and their functions, including...

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Twilight Walk: Winter Pleasure Grounds

7 Dec 2019

Join our Heritage Team on a walk and talk around the Park’s historic lakes and woodland to discover its interesting follies and features by candlelight, as the winter sun sets. –...

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