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Past Exhibitions

2018 Exhibitions


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.


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...


Sean Scully: Inside Outside

29 Sep 2018–6 Jan 2019

YSP presents Sean Scully: Inside Outside, the largest-ever presentation of sculptures and first exhibition of sculpture and painting in the UK by the Irish-born artist.


Art, Games and Play: Don Pavey and other Collections

24 Mar–20 Nov 2018

Calling upon a range of visual materials and other items held in the National Arts Exhibition Archive (NAEA), this exhibition celebrates the close relationship between art, games and play. Open...


Alice Irwin: Life Lived with Play

27 Oct–4 Nov 2018

Alice Irwin is a recent MA graduate in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art. Working with themes and imagery drawn from childhood memories, she creates bold and distinctive work in a practice...


Chiharu Shiota: Beyond Time

30 Mar–4 Nov 2018

Acclaimed installation and performance artist Chiharu Shiota has created an awe-inspiring, site-specific installation of thread within the beautiful 18th-century Chapel. 


Joan Miró

29 Sep–4 Nov 2018

In collaboration with the artist’s foundation and family, YSP is proud to present a small selection of extremely rare limited edition prints by Joan Miró, giving a unique opportunity to...


Mister Finch: The Wish Post

23 Jun–23 Sep 2018

Textile artist Mister Finch brings his intricately hand sewn and constructed menagerie to YSP in his largest solo exhibition to date. 


Common Ground

5 May–2 Sep 2018

The radical and vital work of Common Ground – the Dorset-based arts and environmental charity – is presented through archive material in the Garden Gallery as part of a continued...


In My Shoes: Art and the Self since the 1990s

30 Mar–17 Jun 2018

Self-portraiture maintains an enduring presence throughout art history; in recent years artists have revolutionised and extended the genre by incorporating action, performance, narrative and...


Simon Armitage: Flit

19 Mar–10 Jun 2018

Yorkshire Sculpture Park publishes Flit, a 40th anniversary collection of poems by renowned poet Simon Armitage. Visitors are invited to see photographs featured in the book, and a film of...


Jonny Hannah: Darktown Turbo Taxi

17 Feb–24 Mar 2018

Artist Jonny Hannah was born and bred in Scotland and now lives by the sea in Southampton. However, he also resides in Darktown, a mysterious coastal town not found on any map and peopled by pin-up...

2017 Exhibitions


Ed Kluz: Sheer Folly – Fanciful Buildings of Britain

11 Nov 2017–25 Feb 2018

The largest solo exhibition to date by artist, illustrator and printmaker Ed Kluz, Sheer Folly – Fanciful Buildings of Britain celebrates the eccentric, uncanny and overlooked follies, temples...


Occasional Geometries: Rana Begum Curates the Arts Council Collection

15 Jul–29 Oct 2017

Bangladeshi-born artist Rana Begum has curated her first exhibition, Occasional Geometries, an exhibition selected largely from the Arts Council Collection. 


Treasures Revealed: From the National Arts Education Archive

15 Apr–24 Oct 2017

In celebration of YSP's 40th anniversary in 2017, artists, supporters and volunteers chose 40 inspirational objects, collections and ideas from the National Arts Education Archive (NAEA).


Tread Softly: An Arts Council Collection National Partner exhibition

27 May–15 Oct 2017

Tread Softly presents works from the Arts Council Collection in which artists explore childhood experience and familial relationships, revisiting and reassessing pivotal moments and people within...


Alice Pattullo: Of House and Home

17 Jun–17 Sep 2017

Alice Pattullo takes inspiration from house and home in her most ambitious project to date. The exibition includes 60 new screen-printed editions, referencing Pattullo’s fascination with...


Tony Cragg: A Rare Category of Objects

4 Mar–3 Sep 2017

The biggest UK exhibition to date by leading sculptor Tony Cragg closed on 3 September 2017. 


Haroon Mirza

3 Jun–2 Jul 2017

To coincide with the summer solstice, Haroon Mirza created an intervention in James Turrell’s Deer Shelter Skyspace as part of his ongoing Solar Symphony series.


[Re]construct: An Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme exhibition

1 Apr–25 Jun 2017

Selected largely from the Arts Council Collection by YSP, as part of the National Partners Programme, this exhibition questioned what we know and understand about architecture, featuring work by...


Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art

1 Apr–18 Jun 2017

Bringing together outstanding examples of painting and sculpture from the Arts Council Collection and other major UK collections, Kaleidoscope examined 1960s visual art through a fresh and...


Anne Purkiss: Sculptors

4 Mar–4 Jun 2017

This exhibition presented portrait photographs of sculptors in their studios, with particular emphasis on those who have worked with YSP over the last 40 years, including Sir Anthony Caro, Lynn...


Beyond Boundaries: Art By Email

7 Jan–5 Mar 2017

Due to political situations and immigration conditions it can be difficult to invite artists from outside the UK to work at YSP. Beyond Boundaries: Art by Email, a collaboration between YSP and...

2016 Exhibitions


James Webb: We Listen for the Future

1 Oct 2016–5 Mar 2017

YSP presented work by interdisciplinary, South African artist, James Webb. Considered to be one of the pioneers of sound art, the artist showcased We Listen for the Future, an exhibition comprising...


Angela Harding: Flights of Memory

19 Nov 2016–26 Feb 2017

Flights of Memory was Angela Harding's largest ever solo exhibition, presenting a striking collection of prints and paintings inspired by the thriving wildlife of Britain.


Kate Daudy: This is Water

3 Oct 2016–1 Feb 2017

Kate Daudy creates written interventions, often in public spaces, based on an ancient Chinese literary practice of seeking to understand the universe through art and nature. 


Not Vital

21 May 2016–2 Jan 2017

Internationally renowned as a leading sculptor, this was Not Vital’s first major exhibition in the UK. With studios in the tiny Swiss village of Sent and Beijing, China, as well as homes in Rio...


Mary Martin Thomas: A Classical Art Education 1927–30

26 Mar–27 Nov 2016

This exhibition – via Thomas' work and other documentary evidence – provided an insight into the nature of art training at the time and the way in which one particular student...


Nishat Awan

31 Oct–27 Nov 2016

An immersive video installation by artist and academic Nishat Awan in the refurbished Bothy Gallery. Grounded in original field research, Migrant Narratives of Citizenship: A Topological...


David Shrigley

29 Sep–4 Nov 2016

To coincide with David Shrigley’s Fourth Plinth commission Really Good in London’s Trafalgar Square, YSP presented a display of the artist’s original drawings.


Editions and Objects: Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents St. Judes

25 Jun–30 Oct 2016

In partnership with St Jude’s, YSP presented a unique group exhibition showcasing the best of contemporary UK art and design. 


Night in the Museum: Ryan Gander Curates the Arts Council Collection

16 Jul–16 Oct 2016

Curated by leading British artist Ryan Gander, this major touring exhibition offered a unique view of the Arts Council Collection in its seventieth anniversary year.


Transparency: A National Partners Programme exhibition from the Arts Council Collection

25 Jun–4 Sep 2016

Taking the exceptional light qualities of the historic Chapel as inspiration, this exhibition explored the condition of transparency and in so doing responded to the particular aesthetic of the...


At Home: A National Partners Programme Exhibition from the Arts Council Collection

19 Mar–12 Jun 2016

At Home was the first in a series of exhibitions curated from the Arts Council Collection as part of the National Partners programme, marking the Collection’s 70th anniversary. The...


Eduardo Paolozzi

12 Mar–12 Jun 2016

Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005) was a central figure in British art from the post-war period and throughout the latter half of the 20th century. Responding to Surrealism and Dadaism, his innovative...



6 Feb–12 Jun 2016

This was the first UK museum exhibition of work by the renowned American artist KAWS, whose wide ranging practice includes painting, sculpture, graphic design, toys and prints. The expansive Longside...

2015 Exhibitions


Bill Viola

10 Oct 2015–10 Apr 2016

Yorkshire Sculpture Park presented a significant exhibition by pioneering American video and installation artist, Bill Viola. It was the most extensive exhibition in the UK by the artist for over 10...


Jonny Hannah: Main Street

14 Nov 2015–28 Feb 2016

YSP invited visitors to take a stroll down Main Street in Jonny Hannah’s vintage-inspired homage to the independent trader.


Poppies: Wave

5 Sep 2015–10 Jan 2016

Wave is a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks designed by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, created to mark the centenary of the outbreak of...


Bob and Roberta Smith: Art For All

5 Sep 2015–3 Jan 2016

Bob and Roberta Smith responded to YSP’s National Arts Education Archive in a project celebrating the archive’s 30th anniversary.


Eileen Adams: Agent of Change

26 Sep–15 Dec 2015

Agent of Change showed how revolutionary initiatives have prompted change in art, design and environmental education.


Ursula von Rydingsvard in Venice

9 May–22 Nov 2015

In 2015 YSP presented a major open-air exhibition of six sculptures by Ursula von Rydingsvard as an official Collateral Event at the prestigious 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale...


Caro in Yorkshire

18 Jul–1 Nov 2015

This major exhibition, in partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, celebrated and commemorated the extraordinary career of Sir Anthony Caro (1924–2013).


Rob Ryan: Listen to the World

4 Jul–1 Nov 2015

This exhibition featured previously unseen papercuts and screenprints created for and derived from Ryan’s 2016 Rizzoli wall calendar commission; along with a limited edition, multi-coloured...


Henry Moore: Back to a Land

7 Mar–6 Sep 2015

Born in Castleford, West Yorkshire, Henry Moore (1898–1986) is one of the most important artists of the 20th century. This major exhibition, in collaboration with The Henry Moore Foundation,...


Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana

2 May–6 Sep 2015

Venice-based siblings Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana are internationally renowned artists and descendants of the Venini glassware dynasty, established by Paolo Venini on the...


Philip Rawson: Sculptor-Educator

25 Apr–26 Jul 2015

The Philip Rawson Collection, held by NAEA (National Arts Education Archive), consists of several thousand items. 


Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977–1986

1 Apr–21 Jun 2015

The late 1970s and 1980s witnessed the emergence of a younger generation of artists working in the UK who began to receive international attention for practices which, although incredibly diverse,...


Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson: Song for Coal

10 Jan–19 Apr 2015

YSP premiered Song for Coal, an immersive audio-visual work by Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson in the historic St Bartholomew’s Chapel, to coincide with the 30-year anniversary of the UK...


Herbert Read & Alec Clegg: A Revolution Realised

31 Jan–29 Mar 2015

This exhibition offered an insight into the life, ideas and work of two of the most influential educators of the 20th century. The photographs, paintings and publications gave evidence of the impact...

2014 Exhibitions


Emily Sutton: Town and Country

15 Nov 2014–22 Feb 2015

The largest solo exhibition to date by illustrator Emily Sutton took over YSP Centre throughout winter 2014.


Fiona Banner: Wp Wp Wp

20 Sep 2014–4 Jan 2015

Yorkshire Sculpture Park presented Wp Wp Wp, an exhibition by UK artist Fiona Banner featuring an ambitious new project, Chinook, and related work. The onomatopoeic title of the exhibition mimics the...


Ursula von Rydingsvard

5 Apr 2014–4 Jan 2015

The first large-scale exhibition in Europe by highly acclaimed American artist Ursula von Rydingsvard illustrated the full scope of von Rydingsvard’s diverse practice and included more than 40...


Ai Weiwei in the Chapel

24 May–7 Dec 2014

YSP presented an exhibition by Ai Weiwei in the Park's newly refurbished 18th century chapel. The project, the first by Ai Weiwei in a British public gallery since Sunflower Seeds at Tate Modern...


Tom Frost: The Wild Collection

21 Jun–7 Sep 2014

South Wales-based illustrator Tom Frost took inspiration from YSP’s historic landscape and varied wildlife to create new work including limited edition screen prints, ceramics and homeware.


Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966-1979

5 Apr–15 Jun 2014

A Touring Exhibition from the Arts Council Collection. Curated by Nicholas Alfrey, Joy Sleeman and Ben Tufnell, this exhibition featured work by some of the most important British artists of the last...


Yorkshire Made Me

29 Mar–1 Jun 2014

Yorkshire Made Me is a series of photographs, by Jennifer Robertson and Lynne Fletcher, of men and women who have reached the height of their various chosen careers, celebrating the wealth and breadth...


Scratching the Surface

10 Feb–28 May 2014

The selection of drawings in this exhibition was made from the larger Marking Time: A Century of Drawing in Art Education exhibition, that was held at Batley Art Gallery in 2012, and offered another...


Thomas J Price

4 Jan–27 Apr 2014

YSP presented a solo exhibition of sculpture, animation and work on paper by British artist Thomas J Price, including the open-air premiere of Network (2013), the young artist's largest bronze to...

2013 Exhibitions



11 May 2013–27 Apr 2014

This exhibition was a poignant survey of sculpture with drawings by the late Zurich-based artist, Hans Josephsohn (1920–2012), whose career spanned more than 60 years before his death in August...


Angie Lewin: A Natural Line

16 Nov 2013–23 Feb 2014

Angie Lewin is celebrated for her striking prints of skeletal plant forms set against the sky and took inspiration from YSP’s historic, 500-acre landscape to create a series of new prints and...


Amar Kanwar: The Sovereign Forest + Other Stories

11 Oct 2013–2 Feb 2014

In October 2012 YSP opened the first major UK exhibition of work by internationally acclaimed artist Amar Kanwar. The exhibition, in YSP’s Underground Gallery, centred on The Sovereign Forest...


Lucy + Jorge Orta

20 Jul–3 Nov 2013

This important exhibition of new and critically acclaimed work by Lucy + Jorge Orta revolved around the theme of water, which is central to the Ortas’ practice. The exhibition launched the major...


Tom Hudson: Transitions

25 May–8 Sep 2013

This exhibition looked at the radical interaction of art and education in the 1960s, focusing on the work of Tom Hudson, a key figure in the Basic Design movement, which revolutionised art education...


Yinka Shonibare MBE: FABRIC-ATION

2 Mar–1 Sep 2013

Taking place in three of YSP’s indoor galleries and the open air, FABRIC–ATION featured over 30 vibrant works from the period 2002–2013 including sculpture, film, photography,...


Garth Evans

23 Mar–27 May 2013

An Arts Council Collection exhibition selected by Richard Deacon. 


James Capper: Divisions

5 Jan–14 Apr 2013

James Capper’s extraordinary sculptures can walk, swim and climb mountains. 

2012 Exhibitions


Mark Hearld: Birds & Beasts

17 Nov 2012–17 Feb 2013

Hearld’s practice stems from a love of the British countryside, curiosity for objects and a magpie approach to collecting.


Miró: Sculptor

17 Mar 2012–6 Jan 2013

In collaboration with the artist’s foundations and family, YSP was proud to present the first major UK exhibition of sculpture by Joan Miró, one of Europe’s most important 20th...


Anish Kapoor: Flashback

16 Jun–4 Nov 2012

Anish Kapoor is one of Britain’s most distinguished artists. He has achieved international acclaim for his sensual and beguiling sculptures created using pigment, stone, stainless steel and wax,...


Marking Time: A Century of Drawing in Art Education

15 Sep–20 Oct 2012

This exhibition, at Batley Art Gallery, presented work drawn from the collections of the National Arts Education Archive, based at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, reflecting the nature of teaching and...


Florence Peake: MAKE

7 Apr 2012

On 7 April Florence Peake brought her new performance MAKE to YSP, celebrating the working life at the Park, including the movement, cleaning and installation of sculptures.  

2011 Exhibitions


Jaume Plensa

9 Apr 2011–22 Jan 2012

This exhibition featured an extraordinary body of new and recent work by renowned Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. Encouraging tactile and sensory exploration, work included a 50-metre curtain of poetry...


Rachel Goodyear

1 Oct 2011–3 Jan 2012

In autumn 2011 YSP presented new and recent work by Rachel Goodyear. Tipped as one of Art Review’s Future Greats in 2008 and nominated for the Northern Art Prize in 2009, Goodyear’s...


Emily Speed: MAKE SHIFT

16 Jul–18 Sep 2011

MAKE SHIFT was the first solo exhibition by Liverpool-based artist Emily Speed, featuring sculpture, installation, drawing and photography. 


Shirin Neshat: Soliloquy

4 Mar–31 Jul 2011

YSP presented Soliloquy, a film by the Iranian artist Shirin Neshat, in the unique context of the Chapel. 


Rebecca Chesney: Diligent Observation

9 Apr–3 Jul 2011

Rebecca Chesney explored and revealed changing environments and the impact of human activity, often creating installations that not only capture a sense of wonder in the natural world but also the...

2010 Exhibitions


Barry Flanagan

25 Nov 2010–30 Jun 2011

A display on the Formal Terrace celebrated the work of eminent British sculptor Barry Flanagan (1941–2009). Three bronze sculptures – Elephant (1986), Hare and Bell (1988) and Large...


David Nash

29 May 2010–27 Feb 2011

In 2010 YSP presented a rich and extensive exhibition of work by David Nash, tracing the evolution of the artist's 40-year career and offering a vivid statement of his life's work.


Rebecca Chesney Bee Project

29 May–31 Aug 2010

Rebecca Chesney was as visiting artist at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, working from her boathouse studio in the nature reserve. Working with the FERA Regional Bee Inspector, Chesney has introduced two...

2009 Exhibitions


Peter Randall-Page

27 Jun 2009–11 Apr 2010

This extensive exhibition brought together new and recent sculpture and works on paper by one of Britain’s foremost artists Peter Randall-Page.


James Lee Byars

19 Sep 2009–3 Jan 2010

The historic Chapel was converted into a unique exhibition space in 2009 with The Angel, a spellbinding work by the late American artist James Lee Byars (1932–1997). 

2008 Exhibitions


Nigel Hall: Sculpture & Drawing 1965–2008

15 Mar–8 Jun 2008

This major exhibition presented a new assessment of Hall’s career over a 40-year period, during which time he developed a practice preoccupied with landscape and refined mark-making in space: an...


Sophie Ryder

24 May–2 Nov 2008

Sophie Ryder's association with YSP began in 1986 during her residency, immediately after graduating from the RA Schools. Her work is an exploration of the female psyche and sexuality and...


Isamu Noguchi: Modern Master

17 Jul 2008–4 May 2009

This critically acclaimed exhibition was the first major display in Europe of work by Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) and included monumental sculpture never previously shown outside Japan.

2006 Exhibitions


Liadin Cooke: Overlay – Sculpture and Drawings

28 Apr–3 Sep 2006

In this Bothy Gallery exhibition, Irish artist Liadin Cooke explored themes of ornamentation, place, and potent detail through a collection of sculptures and drawings.


Kenny Hunter: Natural Selection

29 Jul–5 Nov 2006

This stunning exhibition of new and reworked sculpture, film and text by Glasgow-based artist Kenny Hunter was his largest to date. 

2004 Exhibitions


Winter / Hoerbelt

24 Jun–31 Oct 2004

Exploiting the aesthetic and structural properties of recycled bottle crates, Winter / Hoerbelt’s international reputation was secured by their full-scale ‘crate houses’; beautiful,...

2003 Exhibitions


Barbara Hepworth: Centenary Exhibition

17 May–14 Sep 2003

Complementary exhibitions at YSP and Tate St Ives celebrated Barbara Hepworth's centenary in 2003. Both exhibitions drew on new insights into Hepworth's work and included some of the...

2001 Exhibitions


William Tucker

3 Mar–20 May 2001

In 2001, YSP presented the rare opportunity to see a comprehensive survey of work by influential British artist, William Tucker. 


Dalziel and Scullion

9 Jun–27 Aug 2001

Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion’s important project at YSP combined video, photography, sound, multiples and a new outdoor sculpture commission.


Bethan Huws: Boats

8 Sep–4 Nov 2001

Bethan Huws’ delicate, oddly intriguing and rigorous works continued a vein of artistic enquiry initiated by Marcel Duchamp in the early 20th century: ‘art as idea’. As though...


Nick Crowe

8 Sep–4 Nov 2001

In 2001, YSP commissioned a new exhibition, presenting a rare opportunity to see the work of talented contemporary artist Nick Crowe.

1990–2000 Exhibitions


Marion Coutts

9 Sep–29 Oct 2000

Marion Coutts held a one-person exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park which was the most important exhibition in her career in 2000. The show also coincided with her appointment as MOMART fellow at...


Kan Yasuda: Marble and Bronze

25 Sep 1994–1 Apr 1995

YSP had nurtured the proposal of a major one-person exhibition by Kan Yasuda, ever since his work had been included in their 1988 exhibition Sculptura: Carving from Carrara, Pietrasanta and Massa. The...


Henry Moore in Bretton Country Park

1 Jan–31 Dec 1994

In 1994, Yorkshire Sculpture Park was proud to present a large number of Henry Moore’s sculptures in the Bretton Country Park and an exhibition of nine rarely seen carvings on loan from the...


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