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Celebrate 40 years of Yorkshire Sculpture Park with A Weekend of Wonderful Things

09 Jun 2017

This summer, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) celebrates its 40th anniversary with A Weekend of Wonderful Things. On 14 to 16 July 2017, from dawn until dusk, visitors can encounter everything that is wonderful about YSP with a range of special events and experiences. Enjoy art from all angles with space to breathe in the Park’s stunning 500-acre landscape, complemented by delicious food and drink. 
 
FRIDAY 14 JULY
 
3pm–4.30pm
Occasional Geometries Exclusive Public Viewing
Be among the first to see Occasional Geometries: Rana Begum Curates the Arts Council Collection, in Longside Gallery. 
Free / Longside Gallery and Lower Lake / Suitable for all ages
 
7pm–8.30pm
An Art Adventure After Hours
Embark on a top-secret mission! Investigate sculptures, search for clues and uncover mysteries in this outdoor storytelling adventure.
£3 / Open air / Aimed at age 5+
 
From 8pm
Stargazing in Bretton Country Park with West Yorkshire Astronomical Society
Explore the skies above YSP. As the sun sets, get a glimpse of Mercury and Venus, and in the dusk darkness use telescopes to find Jupiter and explore the constellations above.
Free / Open air / Suitable for all ages
 
8pm–10.30pm
Nightfall in the Woods
Connect to the rhythms of nature with mindful meditation in the tranquil woodland. Take some time for yourself by sitting silently and still.
£10 / Open air / Suitable for age 16+
 
9.30pm–10.30pm
Simply Sitting at Sunset in the Skyspace
Experience a heightened vision of the sky in a place of contemplation and revelation. Witness the changing light of the Yorkshire sky, from daytime to night-time.
£6 / Deer Shelter Skyspace / Suitable for all ages
 
SATURDAY 15 JULY
 
All day
Rest is Radical
Escape from the stresses of everyday life and practise some guilt-free time wasting. Embrace being unproductive with a few mindful minutes of relaxation in our woodland hammocks.
Free / Open air / Suitable for all ages
 
4.30am–6am
Sunrise in the Skyspace
Mark the start of the day by experiencing the change of light from night to day in James Turrell’s tranquil Deer Shelter Skyspace, followed by a delicious breakfast.
£25 adults, £16 children (inc. free parking) / Deer Shelter Skyspace / Suitable for all ages
 
4.30am–6.30am
Dawn Yoga in the Chapel
Take part in Ashtanga yoga at dawn in the unique setting of the Chapel, then emerge into the day revived and ready to go.
£10 (inc. free parking) / Chapel / Suitable for age 16+
 
10.30am–12.30pm
Padding Around the Park: A Barefoot Walk at YSP
Free your feet and enjoy the feeling and health benefits of walking barefoot over an array of textures across the 18th-century designed landscape.
£5 / Booking Essential / Open air / Suitable for age 12+
 
10.30am–4pm
Hidden Forest
Jump, laugh, make, sing, and play together beneath the trees. Come and enjoy this magical space for younger visitors.
Free / Drop-in / Hidden Forest / Aimed at under 5s
 
From 11am
The Magick Lounge: World of Wonders
Wander around the Park and discover the wonders of the magical world with astonishing performances from the Magick Lounge Club. Performances will pop up across YSP to amaze and delight you.
Free / Open air / Suitable for all ages
 
11am–12pm, 1.30pm–2.30pm & 4pm–5pm
Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine
Immerse yourself in an imaginative world of sculpture making. Work and play together in the fresh air to build sculptures inspired by artists in the Park.
£3 / No advance bookings / Open air / Aimed at all ages
 
11am–3pm
Caribbean Carnival Music
Festivities include steel pan music, a vibrant carnival parade and Tamboo Bamboo performances.
Free / Open air / Suitable for all ages
 
11am–3pm
Let’s Talk About Art with Uncanny Theatre
Uncanny Theatre’s mission is to recreate every piece of artwork at YSP, in just one day, without actually having seen them. They’ve got clay and they’re not afraid to use it, but the results may not be what you’d expect! Come and watch, laugh along or join in.
Free / Open air / Suitable for all ages
 
11am–4pm
The ARTcart
Roll up, roll up! The ARTcart is popping up in the Country Park. Look out for us as we move throughout the Park for some family art making, art thinking and art playing.
Free / Country Park / Aimed at all ages

11am–5pm
Theremin Bollards
Discover the wonder of Theremin Bollards sound sculptures and take part in your own improvisational performance.
Free / Drop-in / Learning Tent / Suitable for all ages
 
2pm–4.30pm
Afternoon Tea with Diana Beaumont
A guided walk and talk exploring the woodlands and development of the pleasure grounds in the historic estate. Stop off by the Camellia House for a perfect light afternoon tea and cake inspired by the lady of the estate, Diana Beaumont.
£8.50 adults, £6 children / Open air / Suitable for all ages
 
From 2.30pm
Secret Silent Disco
Families are invited to find our Secret Silent Disco within the grounds of the Park. Once there, pick your channel to choose a playlist and dance the afternoon away in the open air.
Free / Open air / Suitable for all ages
 
From 8pm
Stargazing in Bretton Country Park with West Yorkshire Astronomical Society
Explore the skies above YSP. As the sun sets, get a glimpse of Mercury and Venus, and in the dusk darkness use telescopes to find Jupiter and explore the constellations above.
Free / Open air / Suitable for all ages
 
9pm–10pm
Sound Bath Meditation in the Skyspace
Experience the magic of the James Turrell’s Deer Shelter Skyspace at dusk and restore your mind, body and soul with a guided meditation using crystal singing bowls.
£10 / Deer Shelter Skyspace / Suitable for age 16+
 
9.30pm–11.30pm
Sculpture in the Shadows: A Sunset Walk
Join us for an evening sunset walk around the woodland, taking in world-class sculptures along the way. A special and unusual way to experience the Park after-hours. 
£5 / Booking essential / Open air / Suitable for age 12+
 
SUNDAY 16 JULY
 
All day
Rest is Radical
Escape from the stresses of everyday life and practise some guilt-free time wasting. Embrace being unproductive with a few mindful minutes of relaxation in our woodland hammocks.
Free / Open air / Suitable for all ages
 
10.30am–4pm
Hidden Forest
Jump, laugh, make, sing, and play together beneath the trees. Come and enjoy this magical space.
Free / Drop-in / Hidden Forest / Aimed at under 5s
 
10.30am–4.15pm
Hannes Fessmann Sound Sculpture in the Chapel
German sculptor and sound stone maker Hannes Fessmann joins UK composer and sound designer Steven Halliday for a day of sonic sculpting in the Chapel. Turn the 18th-century space into a giant sound sculpture throughout the day, with drop-in and bookable workshops, culminating in a live performance by Fessmann.
Free / Some events bookable / Suitable for all ages
 
11–12pm, 1pm–2pm & 3pm–4pm
Animal Escapades
Meet Monkey, Rabbit, Ox and friends for an animal escapade. Have your animal voices ready to squawk and squeak, and join us as we hoppity skip, wriggle and roll.
£3 / No advance bookings / Lower Park / Aimed at under 6s
 
11am–4pm
The ARTcart
Roll up, roll up! The ARTcart is popping up in the Country Park. Look out for us as we move throughout the Park for some family art making, art thinking and art playing.
Free / Country Park / Aimed at all ages
 
11am–5pm
The Magick Lounge: World of Wonders
Discover the delights and wonders of the magical world with astonishing performances from the Magick Lounge Club. Drop in and allow yourself to be amazed.
Free / Drop-in / Learning Tent / Suitable for all ages
 
12pm–1pm, 2pm–3pm & 4pm–5pm
Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine
Immerse yourself in an imaginative world of sculpture making. Work and play together in the fresh air to build sculptures inspired by artists in the Park.
£3 / No advance bookings / Open air / Aimed at all ages
 
1.30pm–2.30pm
African Drumming
Experience the positive, energetic and uplifting performance of African drums and try your hand at djembe drumming – an instrument played with bare hands originating from West Africa.
Free / Drop-in / Open air / Suitable for all ages
 
1.30pm–3.30pm
Secret Silent Disco
Families are invited to find our Secret Silent Disco within the grounds of the Park. Once there, pick your channel to choose a playlist and dance the afternoon away in the open air.
Free / Open air / Suitable for all ages
 
2pm–4.30pm
Other Ways to Walk
A guided mindful journey around the parkland. Whether you are walking for escape, solitude, fitness, slowness, happiness or fresh air, expect the unexpected on your journey around YSP.
£5 / Open air / Suitable for 12+
 
2.30pm–3.30pm
Architectural Parade with Emily Speed
Join a celebration of the architecture and follies that punctuate the YSP landscape, as performers in architectural costumes parade through the Park.
Free / Open air / Suitable for all ages
 
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The Weekend of Wonderful Things is a great opportunity to see some of YSP’s exhibitions out of hours. Be among the first to see Occasional Geometries: Rana Begum Curates the Arts Council Collection, in Longside Gallery; experience mind-boggling sculptures made from dice, glass, stainless steel and bronze in Tony Cragg: A Rare Category of Objects, in the Underground Gallery, Garden Gallery and open air; and take a look at Alice Pattullo’s superstition and folklore-inspired prints in Of House and Home, in YSP Centre.
 
The weekend is also a fantastic chance to discover an exciting display of new work in the open air by leading international artists, also part of the anniversary celebrations. New installations include Ai Weiwei’s dramatic group of 12 bronze Zodiac Heads and Wilsis, a beautiful new seven-metre-high cast iron head by Jaume Plensa which overlooks the lake.
 
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