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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

The park is located in West Bretton, Wakefield, in West Yorkshire, England. Opening times are seasonal but 'gallery without walls' - that means it has a changing (albeit not always very regularly) exhibition programme, rather than permanent display as seen in other UK sculpture parks such as Grizedale Forest. It was the UK's first sculpture park - although it was based on the temporary open air exhibitions organised in London parks from the 1940s to 1970s by the Arts Council and London County Council (and later Greater London Council).


Since the 1990s YSP has also made use of a variety of indoor exhibition spaces, initially a Bothy Gallery (in the curved Bothy Wall) and a temporary tent-like structure called the Pavilion Gallery. More recently - following an extensive refurbishment and expansion - YSP has added a major underground gallery space in the Bothy garden, and exhibition spaces at Longside (the hillside facing the original park). Its programme consists of contemporary and Modern sculpture (from Rodin and Bourdelle through to younger living artists). British sculpture is particularly well represented in the past exhibition programme and semi-permanent displays. Many of the British sculptors famous in the 1950s and 1960s, but later forgotten, have been the subject of solo exhibitions at YSP including Lynn Chadwick, Austin Wright, Philip King, Eduardo Paolozzi, Kenneth Armitage. Exhibitions tend to be monographic - rather than group or thematic.

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Taken on July 5, 2007