Five sculpture parks

Published 22 June 2016

Why not combine inspiring art with a breath of fresh air by visiting one of these stunning sculpture parks?


Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden

In 1962, the sculptor Barbara Hepworth wrote: ‘I always envisage ‘perfect settings’ for sculpture and they are, of course, mostly envisaged outside and related to the landscape.’ Walking through this sculptural garden, you can find sculptures in their intended places, revealed to their best advantage. The museum is located in the Trewyn Studio, where Hepworth lived and worked from 1949 until her death in 1975 – but flicking through her famous Pictorial Autobiography, which records her life as a sculptor, she is often seen in the studio’s garden.


Henry Moore Studios & Gardens

Henry Moore lived at Perry Green for 40 years, and the estate includes his former house, flower garden and studios, as well as 70 acres of land where some of his sculptures are displayed. Visitors can explore Moore's old studios to gain insight into his creative process, or admire the Picasso painting he kept in his kitchen while at his Hoglands home.


Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2014, Yorkshire Sculpture Park has provided over four decades of 'art without walls'. The grounds of the 18th-century Bretton Hall provide a breathtaking setting to appreciate and discover works by sculptors from all over the world, and recent exhibiting artists have included Tony Cragg, Guiseppe Penone and Ursula von Rydingsvard. Don't miss James Turrell's Deer Shelter; a peaceful space in the landscape for reflection and contemplation.


Chatsworth House

As well as being one of the finest stately homes in the country, Chatsworth boasts over 100 acres of gardens which serve as a stunning setting for its exceptional collection of post-war sculpture. The Chatsworth House Trust and Devonshire family continue to commission or purchase work, and until 6 October 2019, visitors can also catch the exhibition The Dog – a celebration of all things woofy, which spans the house and grounds and includes a specially commissioned eight-metre-high scaffold dog created by Ben Long.

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