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A Visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

A Visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a 500 acre outdoor art gallery located in the grounds Breton Hall, junction 38 M1. A large open space with trees and well kept grass interspersed with paths for easy access to over 80 sculptures and installations to view in the open air.

It is one of a kind, an international centre for modern and contemporary art which is enjoyed by its thousands of annual visitors. The open air collections comprises of long and short term loans, gifts from artists and individuals and site-specific commissions.

Exploring the open air displays by some of the world’s finest artists is an inspiring and relaxing way to spend time on a cold bright November afternoon. The natural beauty of the historic estates landscapes and architectural structures from 18th century including an ice house and camellia house add to the pleasure and feel good factor of the time spent there.

YPS is currently presenting a major solo exhibition by pioneering Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar, widely regarded as one of the worlds most politically engaging yet poetic artists. He creates visually and emotionally stunning works of art including the exhibition ‘The Garden of Good and Evil’ an outdoor display of trees and metal cage like structures. Also, A Hundred Times Nguyen, an emotive exhibition comprising 100 images of a Vietnamese girl the artist met whilst visiting a refugee detention Centre in Hong Kong 1991.

Current open air exhibitions include One and Other by Anthony Gormley, The Family of Man by Barbara Hepworth and an Open Air Bronze Collection by Henry Moore.

There are also fascinating exhibitions to enjoy throughout the four stunning galleries and a dynamic line up of events and activities to take part in.

Since the 1990’s YSP has made use of indoor exhibition spaces, the Bothy Gallery in the carved Bothy Wall, plus, following extensive refurbishment and expansion the underground gallery space has been added in the Bothy garden. There is the exhibition area at Longside on the hillside facing the original park and the redundant Grade II listed St Bartholomew’s Chapel which was built by William Wentworth in 1744 has now been restored as a gallery space. The indoor exhibitions are varied with each presenting for approximately 3 months each.

The largest solo exhibition to date by artist, illustrator and printmaker Ed Kluz, Sheer Folly – Fanciful Buildings of Britain celebrates the eccentric, uncanny and overlooked follies, temples and towers that dot the British landscape.

Wishing that I lived nearer to the YSP to take advantage of the talks and conversations with artists, and the many workshops that run throughout the year introducing skills working with a variety of materials including wood, metal, paper and stone.

The photo shows a selection of the sculptures in the park by Elizabeth Frink, the eyes looked as if someone was inside watching, and they followed me when I moved away and looked back, an incredible yet eerie feeling. One has a bit of bling added on an Autumn day.

Definitely a place I will be visiting again with a picnic, a bottle of wine and plenty of time to view all the exhibitions on show.

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