During the Easter break, and our trip to Yorkshire & Cumbria, we stopped off at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park before driving home. YSP is in Wakefield, just south of Leeds, where Dan’s brother lives, so it made a brilliant place to meet up with family before heading home.
The sun was shining and it felt like Spring was finally here, for my first visit to the space. I wasn’t expecting it to be so vast… more like a large stately garden, with open fields dotted with sculptures from famous artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Damien Hirst, and Ai Weiwei to name a few.
In 1977 Bretton Hall College lecturer Peter Murray proposed siting sculpture in the Estate, opening the landscape to the public for the first time and providing artists with the opportunity to explore sculptural issues in the open-air. And so, out of Bretton Hall, Yorkshire Sculpture Park evolved. YSP is committed to keeping the educational ethos of Bretton alive via its support of emerging artists and the learning programme that see’s thousands of people involved in participatory workshops and events every year.
When the College closed in 2007, the buildings were sold to Wakefield Council and YSP took over the management of the whole 500-acre landscape. The Hall is now leased and managed by Rushbond Plc who are working to transform it into a luxury hotel.
We absolutely loved the installation in the old chapel. Artist, Kimsooja, has totally transformed the old building into a magical wonderland. Named, To Breathe, the installation uses light and mirrors and the latest in a series of projects exploring meditative qualities of space.
Wakeﬁeld WF4 4LG
Website: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Entrance is free – but be warned parking is £12 for the day.