Five sculpture parks

With the seasons changing, why not combine an autumnal walk with some inspiring art by visiting one of these stunning sculpture parks?


Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden

The museum inhabits Trewyn Studio in St Ives, where Barbara Hepworth lived and worked from 1949 until her death in 1975. However, flicking through her famous Pictorial Autobiography which records her life as a sculptor, she is often seen in the studio’s garden. In 1962, 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 Cass Sculpture Foundation

Since it was established by Wilfred and Jeannette Cass in 1992, the foundation has helped produce more than 400 works by over 200 established and emerging artists – including Anthony Caro, Tony Cragg and Antony Gormley. Its ambition is for the commissions to send sculptors in new directions and create new opportunities for them elsewhere. A changing roster of exhibitions allows you to discover new and daring works by some of the most important contemporary artists.


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. Now open to the public, 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 a bold artistic vision. Since its public opening in 1977, it has sought to provide ‘great art for everyone’. 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.


Jupiter Artland

  • Edinburgh
  • Standard entry charge

It was Nicky Wilson’s lifelong dream to own a sculpture park. So following their purchase of Bonnington House, Nicky and her husband Robert decided to create a space for eminent contemporary sculptors to show their works. Following its opening in 2009, Jupiter Artland has quickly established itself as an exciting new addition to the UK art scene. There are over 30 permanent works on display by sculptors such as Anish Kapoor and Nathan Coley. All the sculptures were created especially for Jupiter, the design and location chosen personally by the artist.

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