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Yorkshire aims to become sculpture capital of Europe

  • Date: 11 January 2013
  • Area: North
sculpture

Credit: Henry Moore Foundation

A major new project headed by the Henry Moore Institute, The Hepworth Wakefield, Leeds Art Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park and supported by Arts Council England and Welcome to Yorkshire is aiming to make Yorkshire the sculpture capital of Europe. The four galleries will work together to create a unique offering for visitors which will be supported by a major TV and high-profile marketing campaign. 

The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle will build on the county's unique sculpture heritage as the birthplace of two of the most important 20th Century sculptors, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. It will encourage visitors to see sculpture at four outstanding venues which all offer free entry to world-class exhibitions and are visited by more than 1 million art lovers every year.

Following the opening of the Hepworth Gallery in 2011 the county now has four major sculpture venues all within a few miles of each other. They have an impressive programme for 2013 including:The Henry Moore Institute which will exhibit sculptures by Dennis Oppenheim featuring fireworks and flares. Leeds Art Gallery will be home to the prestigious Northern Art Prize, Yorkshire Sculpture Park will host the biggest UK exhibition to date by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE and The Hepworth Wakefield will present the UK premier of a dynamic new performance piece by artist Linder Sterling. It will include collaborations with Northern Ballet, British fashion designer Pam Hogg, and musician Stuart McCallum.

Cluny Macpherson, Regional Director, Arts Council England said: "The Arts Council has invested significantly in several of the organisations involved in the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle and I'm delighted that we can support a project which will attract further investment and visitors to Yorkshire. It is a great example of how partnership working can help more people to become familiar with Yorkshire's pre-eminence in modern sculpture."

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