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Yorkshire Sculpture Park announces 2018 Artistic Programme

28 Sep 2017

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) presents its 2018 artistic programme, featuring major indoor and open-air exhibitions and ambitious interventions in the landscape.

Highlights include the most extensive UK exhibition to date by world-renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone across the historic landscape and in the Underground Gallery; an exploration of revolt and revolution from the Arts Council Collection as part of the National Partners Programme; and an energetic appraisal of the radical work of arts and environmental charity Common Ground.

2018 also sees the opening of a new £3.8million visitor centre at YSP, designed by architects Feilden Fowles, which Delhi-based artists Thukral and Tagra will help inaugurate with a participatory installation. Following his 2017 residency in celebration of YSP’s 40th anniversary, Simon Armitage will launch a new publication featuring poems inspired directly by YSP.

We continue to offer artist residencies, open studios and laboratories for experimental and risk-taking practice, as well as hosting pop-up projects and graduate awards with the Royal College of Art and University of the Arts London. Visiting artists include Willem Boshoff from South Africa who will develop a new work inspired by the Pennine Way.

2018 Exhibitions

Revolt & Revolutions
An Arts Council Collection National Partner Exhibition
Bothy Gallery
6 January–15 April 2018

Creativity has long been associated with vanguard ideas: art and music can give a voice to the unheard, power to the vulnerable and celebrate the human capacity for positive action, even in adversity. The works in this exhibition, drawn primarily from the Arts Council Collection, give insight into some of the counter-culture and anti-establishment movements of recent decades alongside work by artists who seek to make a difference, helping to suggest ways that we might contribute to change on an individual, community and even global level. Works include Susan Philipsz’ version of the rousing anthem The Internationale (1999), broadcast across the Bothy Garden landscape and A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World (2003–) by Ruth Ewan which welcomes visitors into the gallery space.

Simon Armitage
Upper Space
19 March–10 June 2018

YSP publishes Flit, a new collection by the renowned poet Simon Armitage. The fully illustrated publication comprises 40 poems by Armitage, who was poet in residence at YSP throughout 2017, its 40th anniversary year. The residency saw Armitage, a regular visitor to YSP, choose to explore its landscape, sculptures and buildings in a new light. Rather than writing a direct commentary on the Park, he has redefined it as its own country, the little-known Ysp (pronounced eesp). Letting his imagination run wild, Armitage has mapped an elaborate, alternative reality that melds fact and fiction,  creating a fanciful existence for both YSP and the poet himself. The resulting poems tell the story of Ysp through his eyes as an outsider getting to grips with life in an unfamiliar place during a period of self-imposed exile. Visitors to YSP are invited to see photographs featured in the book, and a film of the poet reading on site at the Park, in a new display in YSP Centre.

Art, Games and Play: Don Pavey and Other Collections
NAEA Gallery
24 March–2 September 2018 / Sat–Tues, 11.00–15.00

A new exhibition at YSP explores the relationship between art, games and play. Art, Games and Play: Don Pavey and Other Collections is drawn from the extensive collection of lecturer and author Don Pavey, and the work of other influential educators who are represented in the vast holdings of the National Arts Education Archive (NAEA), which is based at YSP. Evidenced through children’s pictures, book displays, artefacts, toys, puzzles and illustrations, Art, Games and Play provides context for a compelling and significant area of learning and demonstrates how play and games are central to the growth of understanding in children and adults alike. The exhibition provides an opportunity for a reconsideration of the relationship between art, games and play and the place they hold in shaping perception, knowledge, social interactions and cultural identities.

Chiharu Shiota
Chapel
30 March–2 September 2018

Acclaimed installation and performance artist Chiharu Shiota will create an awe-inspiring, site-specific installation of thread within the beautiful 18th-century Chapel in spring 2018. Shiota is known for large-scale works such as The Key In The Hand (2015), an elaborate entanglement of red thread and keys, which she made when selected to represent Japan at the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Shiota’s work for YSP will respond to and activate the unique architecture and heritage of the Chapel. Exemplary of her work’s resonance with memory and human relationships through the use of objects, the installation will interlace the physical with conceptual to create a new visual plane – as if painting in mid-air. Embracing all who enter within an extraordinary experience, Shiota’s project will reference the Chapel’s rich history and years of human presence, dating back to 1744, making poignant allusion to the bells that were rung, the songs that were sung, and the lives that revolved around it, from cradle to grave.

In My Shoes: An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition
Longside Gallery
30 March–17 June 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 explorations of identity. In My Shoes explores the ways in which artists based in the UK have represented themselves in their work since the 1990s. Encompassing a range of media including film, photography and sculpture, In My Shoes draws primarily from the Arts Council Collection, with key loans from other UK collections, to investigate these dynamic approaches. This exhibition offers a timely opportunity to consider the legacy of a key aspect of 1990s British art. The show begins with key early works by so-called ‘Young British Artists’ including Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and Gavin Turk, who received international attention for putting themselves in the frame with bold and confrontational works. The exhibition continues with the work of a younger generation of artists including Rachel Maclean and Bedwyr Williams who have each established an active role within their work. In My Shoes concludes with some of the most recent works to enter the Arts Council Collection, some on public display for the first time since acquisition.

Common Ground
Bothy Gallery and Garden Gallery
5 May–2 September 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 collaboration. Founded in 1983 by Sue Clifford, Angela King and the writer Roger Deakin, Common Ground work with artists to seek imaginative ways to engage people with their local environment. The idea of ‘local distinctiveness’ is at the heart of everything they do, and for the last 30 years they have captured the imagination of people all over the country by creating projects like Apple Day, Parish Maps and New Milestones, all of which continue to inspire new projects and unearth the strong connections that communities have with the landscape that surrounds them. The Bothy Gallery exhibition shares the outcomes and documentation of eight new commissions developed by Common Ground, with funding from the Woodland Trust, by artists including Assemble, Christine Mackey and Alec Finlay. Supernature (2018) by South-African artist James Webb, is a new commission and features an audio reading of the Bretton Estate by various specialists including a detective and psychic. The exhibition also offers visitors the chance to see Arcadia, a new film about our changing relationship with the land, crafted from footage in the British Film Institute National Archive.

Giuseppe Penone: A Tree in the Wood
Underground Gallery and open air
26 May 2018–28 April 2019

YSP presents the most extensive UK exhibition to date by world-renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone whose poetic practice embodies a lifelong exploration of the complex and fundamental relationships between body, nature, memory, time and art. YSP is perfectly placed to draw out the nuances of Penone’s work, being dedicated to the meaningful interplay of art with the natural environment and its transformative potential for diverse audiences. Years in the making, this significant exhibition takes place across the historic landscape and within light-filled spaces of the Underground Gallery.

Works drawn from almost five decades of the artist’s career, from the late 1960s to present day, including many which have never before been shown in the UK, trace Penone’s continually evolving and deeply thoughtful investigation of humanity’s intimate connections to the organic world. This universal theme plays out across many different materials, scales and forms, from experimental photographs to acacia thorn canvases, and monumental open-air bronze trees.

Reflecting its importance as a recurring motif throughout Penone’s practice, a tree runs through the heart of the indoor exhibition. At over 30 metres long, Matrice (2015) spans almost the entire length of the expansive gallery, passing through specially formed apertures in the walls. This remarkable sculpture is the trunk of a fir tree, bisected vertically, placed horizontally end to end, and hollowed out, carefully carved to follow one of its growth rings. A new work Luce e ombra (2017) is sited deep within the Park overlooking the historic lake. Reflecting the changing seasons in the surrounding landscape, the work offers a space for quiet reflection.

Mister Finch: The Wish Post
YSP Centre
23 June–23 September 2018

Textile artist Mister Finch brings his intricately hand sewn and constructed menagerie to YSP in his largest solo exhibition to date. More than 75 individual works showcase Mister Finch’s masterful combination of up-cycled and new materials, from discarded wire, steel and wood, to vintage tapestries, cross stitch samplers, tablecloths, antique silverware and rescued cloth. Mister Finch has drawn inspiration from British folklore, the historic Bretton Estate and Yorkshire wildlife to create his textile wonders. Life sized badgers in blue jackets, hedgehogs playing brass bells, green jacket-wearing rats, and long-eared rabbits, gather and parade to celebrate the toadstool festival. Originally from Leeds, Mister Finch began his career as a jewellery designer. With no formal training in textiles, he garnered a cult following on Etsy for his constructions and his debut exhibition opened at the Anthropologie flagship store on Kings Road in London in 2014. A range of bespoke merchandise accompanies the show, including a limited run of bespoke tote bags and a ‘behind-the-scenes’ publication.

Thukral and Tagra
Bretton Country Park Gallery
Summer 2018

Thukral and Tagra invite families, friends and strangers to sit down together and play a game in an immaculately conceived installation to inaugurate the gallery space in the new Bretton Country Park visitor centre. In the process we will learn about important issues in the world today and our own responses to them. Known throughout the world for their highly engaging and profound projects, in preparing for the project the Delhi-based artists took inspiration from the Don Pavey Collection held within the National Arts Education Archive that is based at YSP. The artists’ unique and compelling aesthetic is informed by their Indian heritage and professional backgrounds in design, resulting in sophisticated gallery environments in which every detail is considered and perfected.

Norman Ackroyd
YSP Centre
17 November 2018–24 February 2019

Renowned artist and printmaker Norman Ackroyd RA showcases a vast range of work looking at the British Isles, including early works made in Yorkshire dating back to 1959, which have never been shown before. Born in Leeds in 1938, Ackroyd attended Leeds College of Art and the Royal College of Art in the 1960s. For more than 60 years he has travelled all over the UK documenting the interrelationship of landscape and its human inhabitants throughout history. A range of special merchandise complements the show, including a limited-edition silk scarf and bespoke ceramics.

Visiting Artist – Willem Boshoff
As part of YSP’s continued partnership with the NIROX Sculpture Park, in the UNESCO Cradle of Humankind South Africa, and supported by The Africa Arts Trust, Willem Boshoff will visit YSP in 2017. Born in 1951, Boshoff is a leading South African artist. He works in a variety of media including sculpture, installation, performance and printmaking to reflect wide-ranging interests such as language, words, plants, nature, materials, science, mathematics, astronomy, philosophy and politics. He has shown extensively and internationally including at the Venice Biennale, Sâo Paulo Biennale, and the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian in Washington. His work is held in major collections and includes Blind Alphabet (1990–ongoing) – a physical interpretation of the alphabet conceived specifically as a gift for the visually impaired.

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Giuseppe Penone, Matrice, 2015 © Archivio Penone

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Martin Boyce, Souvenir Placards, 1993. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist. Gift of Charles Saatchi 1999

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Chiharu Shiota, The Locked Room, 2016 KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Yokohama, Japan Installation, old Keys, old wooden doors, red wool Photo Masanobu Nishino Copyright VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2017 and the artist

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Mister Finch, Postman Badger. Courtesy the artist

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Jananne Al-Ani, Untitled, 1998. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist

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Andy Goldsworthy. Silver Birch. Forms for Hooke Park Hooke Park, Dorset, April, 1986. From New Milestones: Sculpture, Community and the Land

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Thukral and Tagra, Walk of Life, 2016. Courtesy the artists

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Norman Ackroyd, From Sutton Bank, Vale of York. Courtesy the artist.jpg

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