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Thank you for your support and well wishes as we have been navigating through this challenging time. It really has meant the world to us.

We're very excited to now be able to tell you that YSP will be open to the public from Wednesday 29 July. We're really looking forward to welcoming you back.

The team has been working hard to ensure your visit will be as safe as possible, so you'll notice some changes before and during your visit. The YSP Code remains as important as ever and is accompanied by new guidelines to address the specific challenges we all now face. Please read and understand the information on our website, including our new Visitor Guidelines and FAQs, before you visit. Everything you need to know to plan your visit to YSP can be found on our Visit page.

 


TREES

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 Memories


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 of past exhibitions using #ThrowbackThursday, and our Estates Team are capturing fantastic images of the Park in lockdown as nature takes over in the absence of people.

 

#YSPFamily  


Family Get Together 

Every Saturday morning 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 are sharing #YSPArtsAward content, focussing 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. Some of the YSP Arts Award sessions include a Q&A with the artist on Instagram Live.

Find out more about our online Arts Award programme.


 

Curator Hour #AskACurator 


Join us on Instagram Live every month as one of our Curatorial Team answers your questions around a different topic.

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 and how the team plans and installs large-scale exhibitions at YSP.

Helen will be taking over Twitter with #AskACurator and answering your questions on Wednesday 8 July, 11-4.
 

She will return to Instagram Live on Wednesday 5 August at 4pm to give you an introduction to the open air sculptures at YSP.

Opportunities For Artists 


Head to our Opportunities Page for information about live opportunities for artists.


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. 

Hear YSP’s Head of Curatorial Programme Dr Helen Pheby in conversation with Zena Khan, Contemporary Art Curator at the AFK Collection. Their conversation - At Home With Art with Zena Khan - is a reflection on the focus museums and curators should be placing on engaging with local art around them amidst the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Are you a YSP superfan? Our curatorial and learning teams have compiled this great list of questions for Guardian Culture and Art UK. Take the quiz.


Stay safe and well.  

Instagram

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