Skip to main content Skip to site map (in footer)

Wakefield invests in its cultural future

  • Date: 3 May 2013
  • Area: North
sculpture in field

Henry Moore Three Piece Reclining Figure. Credit: Henry Moore Foundation

Wakefield Council is increasing its investment in culture to cement Wakefield's growing reputation as a leading cultural tourism destination in Yorkshire. The Council has put aside £100,000 a year for the next three years to invest in the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle initiative.

The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle is a major new project that aims to make Yorkshire a leading European centre for modern and contemporary sculpture, by attracting visitors to come and see some of the best sculpture in the world. It is headed by Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Hepworth Wakefield, Leeds Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute, and is supported by Arts Council England, Welcome to Yorkshire and now Wakefield Council.

The four galleries are working together to create a unique offering for visitors which will be supported by a major TV and high-profile marketing campaign. It will encourage visitors to see sculpture at four outstanding venues which all offer free entry to world-class exhibitions and are already visited by more than 1 million art lovers every year.

Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council said: 'Wakefield is the birthplace of two world-famous sculptors of 20th century British Art - Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. It is also home to two internationally-celebrated art galleries - the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Hepworth Wakefield. Between them, they attracted 800,000 visits in the last year and have helped place Wakefield on the cultural map.  

'By bringing these amazing venues together with the Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery, we believe we can establish Wakefield and Leeds as a centre for contemporary sculpture and a dynamic destination for the whole of Yorkshire. 

'We want to place Wakefield on the world stage as a cultural destination and we believe our investment will attract more visitors and businesses to the area, bringing new employment opportunities and encouraging further investment in the future of our city.'

Cluny Macpherson, Regional Director, Arts Council England said: 'Last year Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Wakefield attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area and boosted the local economy by about £15 million. This was a case compelling enough to lead Wakefield to significantly increase its investment in culture, by supporting the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle. It's a great example of how strong investment and cultural partnerships can help boost tourism, drive economic growth as well as showcase Yorkshire's cultural gems on the global stage.'

Gary Verity, Chief Executive, Welcome to Yorkshire believes that the venture will help to encourage visitors to the county, commenting, "We will be highlighting how to get to Yorkshire, how to travel from gallery to gallery as well as signposting visitors towards the great places to stay and impressive places to eat. We will make it easy for those tempted, to come to Yorkshire and see some of the best sculpture in the world."

More information can be found on the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle website