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One tree, another tree, 
Each standing alone and erect 
The wind and air
Tell their distance apart 

But beneath the cover of earth 
Their roots reach out
And at depths that cannot be seen 
The roots of the trees intertwine 

Ai Qing, spring 1940 

We hope you and your loved ones are safe and well during this difficult time. 

YSP may be closed at the moment, but a core team are continuing to care for the Park, planning for the future, and communicating with you via our digital channels.  

If you aren't already, do follow YSP on InstagramFacebook and Twitter and sign up to our monthly newsletter for all the latest updates and opportunities. 

Here is a round-up of what we will be sharing over the next few weeks – head to our social media channels to get involved: 

YSP’s Founding Director Peter Murray is delving into the archive, shining a light on his memories of the last 40 years of YSP, taking inspiration from the connected worlds of poetry and sculpture.  

Every Thursday, our Curatorial Team are sharing their personal highlights using #ThrowbackThursday, from Hepworth to KAWS, and our Estates Team are capturing fantastic images of the Park in lockdown as spring emerges and nature takes over in the absence of people.



Family Get Together 

Every Saturday we are posting content to inspire families and young people.

Discover an exciting sculpture at YSP, be inspired by our key points to look, talk and draw together, and explore your place in the world today. 

YSP Arts Award 

Do you know a young person hoping to achieve Bronze Arts Award? Every other Wednesday we will post #YSPArtsAward content, focusing on a key YSP sculpture, exhibition or artist to support young people on their Arts Award journey. Be inspired to kickstart your research, experience art, develop knowledge and get creative. Launching on Wednesday 20 May at 4pm on Insta Live.

Curator Hour #AskACurator 

Join us live on Instagram as one of our Curatorial Team answers your questions around a different topic each week. First up on Wednesday 13 May, 4pm is our Head of Curatorial Programme Dr Helen Pheby, who will be answering your questions about YSP's programme past and present.  On Wednesday 10 June at 4pm Helen will be back to talk about what goes on behind the scenes at the museum. 

Opportunities For Artists 

We have some fantastic live opportunities for artists, including a music competition, a graduate award and an open call. Head to our Opportunities Page for more information. 

Podcasts and Articles 

If you're missing the magic of visiting YSP, we hope this podcast will brighten your day. YSP’s Head of Curatorial Programme Dr Helen Pheby was recently interviewed by actor and artist David Oakes, as part of his natural history podcast Trees A Crowd

In this insightful conversation, Helen explains how she believes creativity and art is a human right, how YSP was visited by Henry VIII, and why Henry Moore believed it was the job of artists to show people the natural world and subsequently designed artwork for sheep. 

YSP's Director of Programme Clare Lilley has written a moving account of life in lockdown for Apollo: The International Art Magazine. She describes the challenges of closing just ten days after opening a major exhibition of work by Joana Vasconcelos, adjusting to the new reality of managing and monitoring a 500-acre sculpture park in lockdown, and how nature and wildlife are now flourishing in areas ordinarily dominated by humans. 

Stay safe and well.  


Get your art without walls kick by following YSP on Instagram and share your photos using #yorkshiresculpturepark