Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Henry Moore's "seated Lady" in the central park area, March 2010

Henry Moore’s “seated Lady” in the central park area, March 2010

My wife and I make and have made over the years many visits to Yorkshire Sculpture Park and it never fails to impress, currently there is a very impressive exhibition of, what could be referred to as a biography of the whole body of art work created by Henry Moore a sculpture born at Castleford, just a few miles up the road comprising Sketches, paintings, Photographs, and his more famous MARBLE and BRONZE Sculpture in the underground gallery space in the Bothy garden with larger creations in the formal garden all of which is curated with the collaboration of his sister Mary Moore and well worth the visit.

Y.S.Park, Central Lake area with the Peony house

Y.S.Park, Central Lake area with the Peony house

Y.S.Park, Central Lake area with Bretton Hall in the distance.

Y.S.Park, Central Lake area with Bretton Hall in the distance.

Y.S.Park, Central Lake area with the outdoor sculpture

Y.S.Park, Central Lake area with the outdoor sculpture

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an open-air gallery on the boarder of West and South Yorkshire, showing work by 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. The park occupies the parkland of Bretton Hall near the village of West Bretton “Wakefield”, and straddles the border of West and South Yorkshire

Y.S.Park, Central Lake area with the Peony house.

Y.S.Park, Central Lake area with the Peony house.

Y.S.Park, Central Lake area with the Peony house.

Y.S.Park, Central Lake area with the Peony house.

Y.S.Park, A sculpture from the Sophie Ryder Exhibition

Y.S.Park, A sculpture from the Sophie Ryder Exhibition

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park was the UK’s first sculpture park based on the temporary open air exhibitions organised in London parks from the 1940s to 1970s by the Arts Council. The ‘gallery without walls’ has a changing exhibition programme, rather than permanent display as seen in other UK sculpture parks such as Grizedale Forest. 

The park is situated in the grounds of Bretton Hall, an 18th-century estate which was a family home until the mid 20th century when it became a college. landscape features and architectural structures from the 18th century can be seen around the park including the deer park and the south side of the central lake and also including the upper lake area, only giving access to the public at large in recent years.

Since the 1990s, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) has made use of indoor exhibition spaces, initially a Bothy Gallery (in the curved Bothy Wall) and a temporary tent-like structure called the Pavilion Gallery. After an extensive refurbishment and expansion, YSP has added an underground gallery space in the Bothy garden, and exhibition spaces at Longside (the hillside facing the original park). Its programme consists of contemporary and modern sculpture (from Rodin and Bourdelle through to living artists). British sculpture is well represented in the past exhibition programme and semi-permanent installations. Many British sculptors famous in the 1950s and 1960s, but since forgotten, have been the subject of solo exhibitions at YSP.

Y.S.Park, Upper Lake area Y.S.Park, Upper Lake area Y.S.Park, Upper Lake area Y.S.Park, Upper Lake area Y.S.Park, Upper Lake area Y.S.Park, Upper Lake area

Y.S.Park, Upper Lake area

Y.S.Park, Upper Lake area

My wife sat in the Y.S.Park, Central Lake area.

My wife sat in the Y.S.Park, Central Lake area.

Adapted extracts from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorkshire_Sculpture_Park

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