Yorkshire Sculpture Park
One of the world's leading outdoor art galleries, YSP is an international centre for modern and contemporary art inspired by the natural beauty of the historic Bretton Estate.
Watch our video, featuring YSP fan Michael Palin and its founder and Executive Director, Peter Murray; and view our gallery, below.
Wakefield's unique Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) was established in 1977 in the grounds of the 18th-century Bretton Hall. YSP shows work by sculptors from all over the world, from Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Julian Opie to Joan Miró, James Turrell and Isamu Noguchi.
2013 was YSP’s busiest ever year, with an exciting programme of exhibitions by acclaimed artists such as Yinka Shonibare MBE, Amar Kanwar and Hans Josephsohn. The year also marked the momentous opening of Roger Hiorns’ Seizure, 2008/2013, an important and stunning addition to the park. Alongside other funders, the Art Fund provided a grant that allowed the work to be relocated from a council flat in south London to the site in Yorkshire.
YSP's innovative learning programme has gone from strength to strength, with the introduction of a new project, Breathing Space and the successful pilot of All Aboard. Existing initiatives Spark, Ignite and Vivify have also been developed, and together these have been vital in engaging new audiences and providing a unique art experience for hard-to-reach groups. Restoration work was also carried out on YSP Chapel and Dam Head Pump House – both buildings will reopen to the public in 2014.
Peter Murray CBE, YSP’s Founding and Executive Director, said: 'We are more than delighted to be recognised as one of the best museums and galleries in this country. It is a great testament to the commitment and determination of everyone who has worked hard to help establish our international reputation. We are up against some really strong competition, but we are confident that what we have at YSP is rare, providing an unparalleled experience for our visitors, which makes us a serious contender.'