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Open Call: New Sculpture in Yorkshire

01 May 2020

As part of Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s continued commitment to supporting and developing creative talent in the county, we are delighted to announce an open call for a number of outdoor sculpture commissions on behalf of a private collection.

The YSP Curatorial Team will support artists throughout the selection, production and installation process as well as giving feedback to those who propose ideas but are not chosen, offering constructive review towards the continued development of their practice and career.

Proposals are invited from any artist, including students, based in the historic county of Yorkshire as defined by the Association of British Counties.

It is anticipated that the selected artworks will be sculptures in three-dimensional form, though consideration will be given to different media and those that are not necessarily ground level, for example being suspended from a tree. There will be a maximum of six commissions, each by different artists, but we are open to receiving more than one proposal from artists or collectives.

There is an outline budget of £10,000 for each commission, not including transport and installation, but exceptional proposals in excess of this will also be considered. 

We warmly encourage all to apply and the artist brief and full details of how to apply can be found at ysp.org.uk/opportunities 

Closing date for outline proposals 3 July 2020.

Notes to editors

About Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is one of the finest places in Europe to experience modern and contemporary sculpture in the open air. We host work by some of the world’s most well-known artists from Yorkshire-born Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Damien Hirst to Phyllida Barlow, Huma Bhabha, Gavin Turk, Ai Weiwei and many other major international and emerging artists across 500 acres of 18th century-designed landscape and six galleries. YSP welcomes around 500,000 visitors every year to enjoy and experience art, the landscape and our heritage and each year 40,000 people have contact with our learning programmes. Founded in 1977, YSP is an independent charitable trust and registered museum. 

Through information from the Charity Commission, and based on what is available in the public realm 
at the time, we carefully review all potential sources of philanthropic funding to ensure they can help advance and sustain the Park for future generations. We are extremely grateful to all donors whose generosity supports our galleries, collections, and programme.
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Creative Case for Diversity
Diversity and equality are crucial to the arts because they release the true potential of our nation’s artistic talent – from every background. At YSP, we support Arts Council England’s mission – great art and culture for everyone. We share ACE’s commitment to promote and embed diversity in our workforce and cultural programme. This is called the ‘Creative Case for Diversity’.


Open Call: New Sculpture in Yorkshire

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Henry Moore, Large Two Forms, 1969. Courtesy the Henry Moore Foundation. Photo Jonty Wilde

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Barbara Hepworth, The Family of Man, 1970. Courtesy the Hepworth Estate. Photo Jonty Wilde

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