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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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  1. Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture that sets out to challenge, inspire, inform and delight. Changing outdoor exhibitions are situated in 500 acres of historic parkland and gardens. YSP also has indoor galleries, and an award-winning Centre with shop, restaurant, coffee bar and all-weather facilities.

    We are 1 mile from Junction 38 towards West Bretton off the M1.

    Please see our website for more details, including opening times and parking charges.


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Yorkshire Sculpture Park


West Bretton
Wakefield WF4 4LG

01924 832631

Organisation last updated

  1. 13 August 2018

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History

  1. Established in 1977, Yorkshire Sculpture Park was Britain's first permanent sculpture park and has developed an important reputation as a leading international open-air gallery. YSP's 500 acres of historic parkland and gardens were landscaped in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today they provide a rich environment for the best examples of modern and contemporary sculpture by international artists.

    The Sculpture Park was started by the current director, Peter Murray OBE, who in the late seventies was leading a postgraduate course in art education at Bretton Hall College. Since then the programme and facilities have expanded and today, visitors are able to enjoy the magnificent YSP Centre, four indoor galleries and nine distinct open-air spaces. An average of ten exhibitions, displays and projects are curated in the indoor and outdoor spaces each year. Usually around half of these involve international artists, some showing in Britain for the first time. In addition, works are displayed from the collection which includes Barbara Hepworth, Elisabeth Frink, William Tucker, Lynn Chadwick, Richard Serra, Sol LeWitt, Jonathan Borofsky, Anthony Caro, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Grenville Davey, David Nash, Richard Wentworth, Antony Gormley, Giò Pomodoro and Edward Allington.

    Over the last three decades, YSP has organised hundreds of exhibitions by over 500 artists.

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