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Yorkshire Sculpture Park partners with Phillips auction house to support artists

14 Sep 2018

In partnership with Phillips, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is pleased to announce a charitable auction to raise money to support artists. The 20th Century & Contemporary Art sales, at the London auction house on 4 and 5 October 2018, will include two and three-dimensional works by some of the world’s most renowned international artists, including Henry Moore, Joan Miró, Yinka Shonibare MBE, and David Hockney, among others. 
Established in 1977, with a single grant of £1,000, YSP has gone on to achieve national and international acclaim and now attracts around 500,000 visitors every year. During this period, YSP has worked with over 1,000 artists from more than 40 countries, on varied projects from short-term residencies to major surveys. 
Relationships with artists have been, and remain, the touchstone and key to the Park’s development and success. Now, many of these artists and their representatives are supporting YSP by donating a work to this sale. The collection, includes Joan Miró’s Souvenir de la Tour Eiffel (estimate: £600,000–800,000), two drawings by Henry Moore, a new bronze work by David Nash, and a neon by Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar. Artists from the USA include Christo, KAWS, Joel Shapiro, and the late George Rickey.
Peter Murray CBE, YSP’s Executive and Founding Director says: “This fund will help us secure future support for artists through residencies, projects and exhibitions. This early and sustained care for artists at the beginning and throughout their careers has always been a vital aspect of our work and one that must remain at the heart of YSP.”
Jonathan Horwich, Senior Specialist, 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Phillips says: “Phillips is honoured to be a part of this exciting and truly worthy project, that will enable Yorkshire Sculpture Park to continue in its mission to aid artists throughout their careers. From international sensation KAWS, to the Yorkshire-born and founding patron of YSP, Henry Moore, the breadth and quality of artworks that Peter Murray and his team have selected is outstanding, and offers a unique buying opportunity that I know our collectors will respond to with great enthusiasm.”
Visit phillips.com to view the catalogue.
About Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is the leading international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017. It is an independent charitable trust and registered museum (number 1067908) situated in the 500-acre, 18th-century Bretton Hall estate in West Yorkshire. Founded in 1977 by Executive Director Peter Murray, YSP was the first sculpture park in the UK, and is the largest of its kind in Europe, providing the only place in Europe to see Barbara Hepworth’s The Family of Manin its entirety alongside a significant collection of sculpture, including bronzes by Henry Moore, and site-specific works by Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and James Turrell. 
YSP mounts a world-class, year-round temporary exhibitions programme including some of the world’s leading artists across five indoor galleries and the open air. Recent highlights include exhibitions by Giuseppe Penone, Alfredo Jaar, Tony Cragg, Not Vital, KAWS, Bill Viola, Anthony Caro, Fiona Banner, Ai Weiwei, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Amar Kanwar, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Joan Miró and Jaume Plensa. More than 80 works on display across the estate include major sculptures by Phyllida Barlow, Ai Weiwei, Roger Hiorns, Sol LeWitt, Joan Miró and Dennis Oppenheim. 
YSP’s driving purpose for 40 years has been to ignite, nurture and sustain interest in and debate around contemporary art and sculpture, especially with those for whom art participation is not habitual or familiar. It enables open access to art, situations and ideas, and continues to re-evaluate and expand the approach to considering art’s role and relevance in society. Supporting 45,000 people each year through YSP’s learning programme, this innovative work develops ability, confidence and life aspiration in participants. 
YSP's core work is made possible by investment from Arts Council England, Wakefield Council, Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation and Sakurako and William Fisher through the Sakana Foundation. YSP was named Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2014. 
About Phillips
Phillips is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st century art and design. With dedicated expertise in the areas of 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Design, Photographs, Editions, Watches, and Jewellery, Phillips offers professional services and advice on all aspects of collecting. Auctions and exhibitions are held at salerooms in New York, London, Geneva, and Hong Kong, while clients are further served through representative offices based throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Phillips also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world.  In addition to providing selling and buying opportunities through auction, Phillips brokers private sales and offers assistance with appraisals, valuations, and other financial services. Visit phillips.com for further information.
For press enquiries contact:
About Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Nina Rogers, Head of Marketing & PR
+44 (0)1924 832633 / nina.rogers@ysp.org.uk  
About Phillips
Katie Carder, Head of Press, Europe
+44 20 7901 7938 / KCarder@phillips.com

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Joan Miró, Souvenir de la Tour Eiffel, 1977 courtesy Successió Miró and Phillips

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Tony Cragg, Mixed Emotions, 2011 courtesy the artist and Phillips

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George Rickey, Untitled, 2000 courtesy the Estate of George Rickey and Phillips

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David Hockney, Margaret Hockney, 2008. Courtesy the artist, Annely Juda Fine Art and Phillips

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