If you need some inspiration whilst crossing the country, or fancy a day out with a difference then we can not recommend the Yorkshire Sculpture Park more.
We found the Yorkshire Sculpture Park almost by accident, having pinpointed it on the map as a perfect stop off to break a long journey North. As it was, we ended up having one of our most memorable family days out ever. The kids absolutely loved the space to roam freely and the novelty of being able to physically explore the ‘art’ without the constraints of a usual gallery. We loved not having to constantly tell the kids to be quiet and behave so we all got to enjoy it.
This leading outdoor gallery near Wakefield in West Yorkshire (Just a stone’s throw from junction 38 on the M1) is set within 500 acres of beautiful parkland and rolling countryside so prepare to get those legs severely stretched. Not only is it filled with Objects’ de’Art from British and international artists including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth ( the park’s collection of works by Moore is one of the largest open-air displays of his bronzes in Europe) but this unique ‘gallery without walls’ also has a constantly evolving exhibition programme so you can see something new every single time. The combination of stunning scenery and incredible Sculpture and art is a winner – anyone who has an exploring mind will love it.
There are also 5 indoor gallery spaces including the Bothy Gallery (set in the curved Bothy Wall) and a lovely restaurant although you are welcome to take a picnic and enjoy the views.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an incredible place to appreciate modern and contemporary sculpture as well as contemplate our beautiful countryside. All we could think was; how very lucky we are to be able to visit.
Admission is completely free but you do need to pay for parking.
Two fabulous exhibitions currently showing;
In celebration of it’s 40th anniversary, artists, supporters and volunteers have chosen 40 inspirational objects from the National Arts Education Archive (NAEA).
Running until 3rd September 2017
Selected largely from the Arts Council Collection by YSP, Tread Softly features over 30 works exploring the complexities of childhood, identity and family relationships. Shown alongside the selection are powerful works by Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry and especially commissioned poems by acclaimed poet and Scottish Makar, Jackie Kay.
Running from 27 May–3 September 2017
Main Image: Zak Oves black and blue the invisible man and the masque of blackness/ysp ©-Jonty Wilde
Courtesy of YSP © Jonty Wilde
Yorkshire Sculpture Park © Jonty Wilde
sophie ryder sitting-2007/ysp © jonty-wilde