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Alfredo Jaar: The Garden of Good and Evil

Major solo exhibition running until 8 April 2018

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Tony Cragg: A Rare Category of Objects

See open-air works until March 2018

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Ed Kluz: Sheer Folly – Fanciful Buildings of Britain

The artist's largest solo exhibition to date

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Current Exhibitions

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Zak Ové: Black and Blue: The Invisible Men and the Masque of Blackness

8 Apr 2017–3 Jun 2018

As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations we've welcomed an extraordinary assembly of 80 sculptures by British-Trinidadian artist Zak Ové. 

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Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads

6 May 2017–10 Jun 2019

In celebration of our 40th anniversary in 2017, we present Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads (2010), a dramatic group of 12 bronze animal heads that has been on a worldwide...

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Alfredo Jaar: The Garden of Good and Evil

14 Oct 2017–8 Apr 2018

Widely regarded as one of the world’s most politically engaging and poetic artists, Alfredo Jaar addresses human trauma and the politics of image-making, creating visually and emotionally...

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MADE

6 Nov 2017–25 Feb 2018

MADE is YSP Shop's changing programme of contemporary craft and applied arts which showcases the work of established and up-and-coming artists, designers and makers. 

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Ed Kluz: Sheer Folly – Fanciful Buildings of Britain

11 Nov 2017–25 Feb 2018

The largest solo exhibition to date by artist, illustrator and printmaker Ed Kluz, Sheer Folly – Fanciful Buildings of Britain celebrates the eccentric, uncanny and overlooked follies, temples...

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Revolt & Revolutions: An Arts Council Collection National Partner Exhibition

6 Jan–15 Apr 2018

Creativity has long been associated with vanguard ideas: art and music can give a voice to the unheard, power to the vulnerable and celebrate the human capacity for positive action, even in...

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Jonny Hannah: Darktown Turbo Taxi

17 Feb–24 Mar 2018

Artist Jonny Hannah was born and bred in Scotland and now lives by the sea in Southampton. However, he also resides in Darktown, a mysterious coastal town not found on any map and peopled by pin-up...

Future Exhibitions

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Art, Games and Play: Don Pavey and other Collections

24 Mar–2 Sep 2018

Calling upon a range of visual materials and other items held in the National Arts Exhibition Archive (NAEA), this exhibition celebrates the close relationship between art, games and play. 

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Chiharu Shiota: Beyond Time

30 Mar–2 Sep 2018

Acclaimed installation and performance artist Chiharu Shiota will create an awe-inspiring, site-specific installation of thread within the beautiful 18th-century Chapel in spring 2018. 

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In My Shoes: Art and the Self since the 1990s

30 Mar–17 Jun 2018

Self-portraiture maintains an enduring presence throughout art history; in recent years artists have revolutionised and extended the genre by incorporating action, performance, narrative and...

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Common Ground

5 May–2 Sep 2018

The radical and vital work of Common Ground – the Dorset-based arts and environmental charity – is presented through archive material in the Garden Gallery as part of a continued...

Events

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My Collection

3 Mar 2018

Join us for a day of activity celebrating, sharing and making collections. This is a special event running as part of the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme.  –...

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Let's Play Vinyl: Heritage HiFi at YSP

3 Mar 2018

YSP is delighted to invite Let’s Go Yorkshire and selector Paul Huxtable, to play a selection of his favourite vintage reggae music – strictly vinyl...

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Outdoor Art Sparks: Creative Learning Ideas for EYFS and Primary School Teachers

10 Mar 2018

Join us for the launch of our ‘Outdoor Art Sparks’ resource pack, which is full of creative art ideas to do in the Park. Led by artist Sarah Jane Mason, the session is an opportunity for...

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Mindful Walking

13 Mar 2018

As part of Museums Health and Wellbeing Week 2018, join us for a gentle and mindful walk around YSP with experienced practitioner Sally Edward from Kindmind.   Walking is a great way to get a...

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Sculpture After Dark

15 Mar 2018

Experience the landscape out of hours, as part of Museums Health and Wellbeing Week 2018.   Explore sculptures by torchlight and have a go at making a shadow sculpture outside with a...

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Ramble with Experience Community

17 Mar 2018

Join us for a 3.5-mile guided journey around the Park using pathways suitable for mountain trikes and other mobility equipment. Our rambles are very sociable events, so family, friends and dogs are...

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From Chapel to Chapel: The Families of Bretton

17 Mar 2018

Originally built in 1744, YSP's Chapel was used by those privileged enough to inhabit the Bretton Estate. Today the Chapel is open for everyone as a contemplative gallery space, following a...

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Pick ‘n’ Mix Portraits: Family Photography Workshop

17 Mar 2018

There are so many different ways of creating an interesting photograph. Which one will you pick to represent who you are?   YSP invites families to work with artist Pui Lee in playful...

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'Happiness, Health and Wellbeing at YSP' Research Open Day

18 Mar 2018

In 2016, YSP began a 3-year research project with the University of Huddersfield exploring the everyday visitor experience at YSP and what impact this could have upon visitors’ happiness and...

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Rest is Radical

12 Mar and 18 Mar 2018

Escape from the stresses of everyday life and practice some guilt-free time wasting. Embrace being unproductive with a few mindful minutes of relaxation in our woodland hammocks. This event is...

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The Tinker Project: Family Sculpture Workshop

18 Mar 2018

In this playful workshop you will tinker and transform everyday objects into new and exciting sculptures. What will you take apart? A toaster, a speaker or maybe even a vacuum cleaner. Led by...

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Artist Talk: Alfredo Jaar – It Is Difficult

22 Mar 2018

A powerful and captivating speaker, Alfredo Jaar discusses the inspiration behind his most recent projects, including the creation of The Garden of Good and Evil and his YSP exhibition.   Jaar...

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Wire Bird Making Workshop with Chris Moss

7 Apr 2018

This is a one-day course starting with a brief introduction by Chris Moss on her own practice and inspiration.   During this workshop, you'll learn basic wire techniques and tools and...

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Make Yourself at Home: Family Studio Space

1 Apr–10 Apr 2018

Imagine, draw, construct, play and, most importantly, have fun in our family studio space at YSP Learning, during the Easter holidays. Explore ideas inspired by current exhibitions at YSP and be...

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Footprints for Change

11 Apr and 12 Apr 2018

Working with thread artist Hayley Mills-Styles you will use fabric to create a footprint collage that tells a story about your world and what you would like to change. This fun drop-in...

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Hidden Forest Open Days

5 Apr and 12 Apr 2018

Adventure awaits in the Hidden Forest, our outdoor space for our youngest visitors. Jump, laugh, make, sing, and explore your right to play. Enjoy this magical space and spend time together beneath...

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Pop-up Poetry: A Voice for Change

12 Apr 2018

Join Wakefield-born wordsmith Matt Abbott for some pop-up poetry and take the opportunity to make your voice heard! You'll be able to listen to poems, make them and even perform them. Look for...

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Voice for Change

12 Apr 2018

To coincide with Revolt & Revolutions, join us for a series of activities and interventions for all ages inspired by the exhibition’s themes. Including pop-up poetry and the Protest ARTcart...

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Mindful Moments on Slow Art Day

14 Apr 2018

Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: to help more people discover the joy of looking at and loving art. Building on our popular Still Looking: Mindfulness and Art events,...

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Move, Make and Meditate on Slow Art Day

14 Apr 2018

To celebrate Slow Art Day, take time to look slowly at Chiharu Shiota’s installation Beyond Time in the Chapel.   On our way to the chapel we will take a mindful walk using all our...

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In My Shoes 2 O'Clock Talks

17 Apr–12 Jun 2018

Join the Arts Council Collection team and special guest speakers for a free and informal introduction to In My Shoes: Art & the Self since the 1990s. Meet at Longside Gallery...

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Art and History Connected – Heritage Walk

21 Apr 2018

Find out more about the history of the Bretton Estate and the connections between YSP’s history, art and the landscape. Explore connections and influences coming from ancient Greece, Roman...

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Heron Watching with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust 2018

22 Apr 2018

The YSP WILD team have joined forces with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to deliver our annual Heron Watching Day. Enjoy this unique opportunity to view nesting herons and their chicks on our Heronry,...

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Goldsworthy and Nash: Exclusive Friends' Tour

27 Apr 2018

Join us for a tour of the sculptures in the open air with YSP volunteer Kathryn Barnes. We'll take a stroll around YSP's lower lake and bluebell-carpeted woodland, punctuated by insights into...

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RSPB Dawn Chorus Walk

5 May 2018

"I absolutely love the YSP at this time of the morning, the Park, the birds, and the Henry Moore works all to ourselves. Brilliant". Visitor comment Join RSPB experts on this early...

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Hot & Cold Sheet Metal

9 May–13 May 2018

Led by Brian Fell and Owen Cunningham, this five-day course allows you to experiment with different welding and cutting techniques and gives you the opportunity to realise a quality piece of work....

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Sculpture Skills: Wax Casting

12 May–13 May 2018

Led by artist Liadin Cooke, this two-day wax course give you the chance to explore the possibilities of working in wax to create sculpture whilst looking at casting as a method of production....

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Bretton Hall Reunion 2018

12 May 2018

Whether you were a student or member of staff, Bretton Hall was a unique learning and creative environment that holds a very special place in the hearts of thousands.   Get together...

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Family Sculpture Walk

13 May 2018

Celebrate the beauty of spring at YSP with a family art walk in the woods. Guided by Natalie Bellingham of Uncanny Theatre, we'll discover sculptures and nature, collecting objects we find along...

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Museums at Night 2018

18 May 2018

Join YSP on 18 May 2018 for Museums at Night, the annual celebration when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors after hours.  Enjoy...

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Whispering Woods – Open Air Storytelling Theatre

18 May 2018

Journey into the lakes and woodlands with Whispering Woods as they present a magical outdoor promenade performance that explores universal themes and celebrates the journey through life,...

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Stitched Stories

18 May 2018

Taking In My Shoes as your starting point, in particular Tracey Emin’s appliqued blanket The Simple Truth, you will use fabric and thread to create your own self portrait using...

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YSP Members: Giuseppe Penone – Behind the Scenes

18 May 2018

This event is for YSP Members only.  Join YSP curator Sarah Coulson for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Underground Gallery and open air as part of Museums at Night 2018. Learn...

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Museums at Night – Twilight Lake Walk

18 May 2018

Join YSP on 18 May 2018 for Museums at Night, the annual celebration when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors after hours.  Book a...

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Nightfall in the Woods

18 May 2018

Immerse yourself in the woods at YSP to soak in the sights, sounds and aromas of late spring.  This is a unique opportunity to take some time for yourself and connect to the rhythms of nature....

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Museums at Night – Simply Sitting at Sunset 2018

18 May 2018

Join YSP to celebrate Museums at Night 2018 by experiencing the effect of the change of light from day to night in James Turrell’s tranquil Deer Shelter Skyspace. Through an aperture...

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Botanicals: Spring Blossom

20 May 2018

Join us for a magical, relaxing day gathering and drawing plants and learning about their medicinal properties. Medical Herbalist Sue Salmon will share her wealth of knowledge and experience during...

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The ARTcart

30 May 2018

Roll up, roll up, the ARTcart is popping up again on 30 May, between 11am and 4pm! Take part in some art making, art thinking and art playing with your family. Look out for us as we move throughout...

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Me, Myself & I

30 May and 31 May 2018

Explore the influential young British art of the 1990s in this fun and playful drop-in workshop, where we'll look at how you can incorporate your body and actions into works of art....

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Hand Stitched Quilting Workshop

2 Jun 2018

Join us for a one-day course on the beautiful art of hand-stitched quilting with the talented Abigail Booth of Forest + Found. Abigail will introduce you to traditional methods of hand quilting...

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Sculpture Skills: Sculpting in Plaster

9 Jun–10 Jun 2018

Led by sculptor Lewis Robinson, this two-day workshop allows participants to create free-standing tabletop sculptures in plaster using wire armatures. The first part of the course covers the...

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Still Looking: Mindfulness and Art

10 Jun 2018

A new way to take a bit of time out for yourself and enjoy experiencing art mindfully. Learn how to use mindfulness practices to move from being a passive observer to more active engagement with...

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Stone Relief Carving Course

16 Jun–17 Jun 2018

Led by artist Marcia Bennett-Male, this two-day course takes place outside at YSP Learning and is suitable for both novices and the semi-skilled.  Imagery, ideas and reference books are...

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Midsummer Metal

23 Jun–24 Jun 2018

Led by Brian Fell and Owen Cunningham, you will have the opportunity to explore the use of metal to draw and divide space. It may be helpful to bring along some ideas for a piece of work you...

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The Creation of Bretton’s Lakes

23 Jun 2018

A summer heritage walk exploring the beautiful viewpoints around the lakes, discovering the stories that surround their creation, including Sir Thomas Wentworth’s boat, The Aurora. Finish off...

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Tangle, Twist and Turn

24 Jun 2018

Alongside artist Bryony Pritchard you’ll twist, turn and tangle colourful threads together to create a one-day installation inspired by Chiharu Shiota’s artwork in the Chapel. Drop in...

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Art and Social for over 55s

29 Mar–28 Jun 2018

Monthly social events for people aged over 55. Join us for tea or coffee and cake, followed by a look around the exhibitions, a gentle walk, or perhaps a drawing or making activity – tell us...

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Rob Ryan: Artist Talk and Book Signing

28 Jun 2018

To celebrate the launch of Rob Ryan’s newly published monograph, I Thought About It In My Head And Felt It In My Heart, But I Made It With My Hands, we're proud to announce an artist talk...

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Recharge: Yoga Retreat

15 Apr and 1 Jul 2018

Melt away your aches and pains, relax your furrowed brow and revive your energy in this special monthly yoga day. Taught by a range of teachers, each class focuses on different yoga styles and is...

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Nadine Anderson: Basket Weaving Workshop

21 Jul 2018

Discover traditional basketmaking techniques on this one-day workshop, guided by yeoman basketmaker Nadine Anderson. Drawing on her 20 years of experience, Nadine will expertly guide you in the design...

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Sculpture Skills: Wood Carving

21 Jul–22 Jul 2018

On this two day course you will learn a wide range of woodworking techniques to carve a relief sculpture in beautiful lime, felled at YSP. This wood has a fine grain and is ideally suited for...

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Little Explorers for Under 5s

Last Thursday of the month (March–July 2018). Tickets released on the last Friday of the preceding month.

Fun awaits in the Hidden Forest on the last Thursday of each month. Jump, laugh, make, sing and play beneath the trees in our outdoor space especially for our youngest visitors.  – This...

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Stone Letter Cutting

28 Jul–29 Jul 2018

Led by artist Marcia Bennett-Male, this two-day course takes place outdoors at YSP Learning and gives first-time participants a practical, hands-on start in the discipline. While not a...

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Bronze Casting

1 Aug–5 Aug 2018

A five-day bronze casting course that simplifies the process, enabling participants to learn complex casting techniques. Includes practical demonstrations and hands-on practice, with the chance...

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Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine

Tuesdays in school holidays

Immerse yourself in an imaginative world of sculpture making. Work and play together to build sculptures inspired by artists in the park. Stack, balance, join, arrange. Always outdoors, Come...

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Stone Carving

Dates available in July, August and September 2018

Led by Marcia Bennett-Male, these five-day Stone Carving courses are open to all levels. The majority of participants are first time carvers together with experienced artists who want to...

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Mister Finch Magical Forest Creature Workshop

15 Sep 2018

On this one-day course you'll discover the magic behind the intricate textile creations of Mr Finch and learn how to make your own forest creature chosen by the artist himself.  The day...

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Room to Breathe: Four Walks in Four Seasons

17 Mar–22 Sep 2018

Room to Breathe is an opportunity to spend a day at YSP walking, thinking, talking and gaining some insight into the things that are on your mind. There is time for informal talking as we walk as...

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Historic Landscape Walks – Free Introductory Tours

7 Apr–22 Sep 2018

Join the YSP Heritage team for a free series of short introductory walks to explore the Park's interesting past, historic walks, lakes and woodlands.   Each tour will showcase a particular...

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Art & Landscape Tour

31 Mar–28 Oct 2018

Join YSP volunteers for a guided walk and talk exploring the art and sculpture in the landscape at YSP. – Meet at YSP Centre Information Desk  – Outdoor clothes and sturdy...

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Winter Metal

17 Nov–18 Nov 2018

Work with master metalwork sculptors Brian Fell and Owen Cunningham to explore the use of metal to draw and divide space. Includes demonstration of tools, machines and their functions, including...

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