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Brighten up your half term with a visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park

18 Oct 2017

As autumn sets in, brighten up your half term with a bustling week of activities at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP).
With spectacular gallery exhibitions; exciting family events and activities; open-air sculpture set in 500 acres of stunning, historic landscape; and irresistible treats from the shop and restaurant, a day at YSP is a joy for all the senses.
On 24 October, immerse yourself in an imaginative world of sculpture making and work together as a family to create your own open-air artworks in Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine (11.00–12.00 & 13.30–14.30 / £3 / aimed at all ages); or visit the Arts Award Family Studio (11.00–13.00 & 14.00–16.00 / free / aimed at age 6+) to discover and explore the YSP exhibitions through drawing, making and creating.
Drop in to Shape and Colour of Light: Family Drop-in on 25 October (11.00–12.30 & 13.00–16.00 / free / aimed at all ages) to uncover how artists have used light, colour and shape in the Occasional Geometries exhibition. Explore the sculptures, paintings and drawings with your family through fun and creative activities.
For a change of pace, see the brand-new exhibition by important international artist Alfredo Jaar which includes The Garden of Good and Evil, a curious woodland with a hidden secret, conjuring comparisons with the darker-side of fairy tales such as Hansel and Gretel.
Half term is also a fantastic chance to discover an exciting display of new work in the open air by leading international artists, in celebration of YSP’s 40th anniversary in 2017. New installations include Ai Weiwei’s dramatic group of 12 bronze Zodiac Heads; 80 powerful African figures by British-Trinidadian artist Zak Ové; and a beautiful new seven-metre-high cast iron head by Jaume Plensa which overlooks the lake.
Don’t forget to visit YSP Shop for exclusive exhibition merchandise and a distinctive selection of products form international artists, contemporary designers and talented makers. Then grab a bite to eat at YSP Restaurant with delicious locally sourced, seasonal food and stunning views of the Henry Moore bronzes in the Country Park.
YSP is open 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm. Admission is free, parking charges apply.

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Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo © Jonty Wilde

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Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo © Charlotte Graham

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Alfredo Jaar, The Garden of Good and Evil, 2017. Courtesy the artist, New York, a/political and YSP. Photo © Jonty Wilde

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Rasheed Araeen, Zero to Infinity, 2017. Courtesy the artist and YSP. Photo © Jonty Wilde

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