Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Organisers of the first Yorkshire Sculpture International event have released additional information including the artists whose work will be on display.

The event, which runs from 22nd June to 9th September next year, will see work from leading international artists including Rashid Johnson (Henry Moore Institute), Wolfgang Laib and Tau Lewis (The Hepworth Wakefield) and David Smith (Yorkshire Sculpture Park).
There will also be major commissions from international artists Ayse Erkmen and Huma Bhabha as part of the free event, said to be the UK’s largest sculpture festival.

Groups are invited to interact with art in unexpected places in Leeds and Wakefield and work will be displayed in four venues: The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield, and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Intended to be a celebration of sculpture in all its forms, visitors will be able to use the festival programme to explore what it means to create sculpture.

The 100-day event will reflect on and respond to the idea that ‘sculpture is the most anthropological of the art forms’, a concept forward by the provocateur of the event, Phyllida Barlow.

Launching alongside the event is the Associate Artist scheme, which will see five Yorkshire-based artists awarded grants of £7,500.

A major addition to Yorkshire

The details come as new figures released by VisitEngland reveal that York, Leeds and Harrogate in Yorkshire ranked in the top 20 most visited UK destinations last year.

Jane Bhoyroo, producer of the Yorkshire Sculpture International, said: “With new commissions in city centres and exhibitions in world-renowned galleries, Yorkshire Sculpture International will be a major new addition to the cultural calendar in a region whose cultural and sporting prowess is drawing the attention of increasing numbers of national and international visitors.”. 

Further details about the festival will be announced early next year at www.yorkshire-sculpture.org.

Image: Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Photo Credit: Yorkshire Sculpture Park)