Ayşe Erkmen, Glass Works, 2015. Image by Valery Klein. Courtesy of Cadhame_Halle verriére de Meisenthal.


Yorkshire Sculpture International
A festival of sculpture
Across Leeds and Wakefield

22 June – 29 September 2019
Free and open to all

Craving a cool holiday? Forget Oslo, Head to West Yorkshire
– The Times

It’s another big year for art in Yorkshire
– Yorkshire Post

Where to go on holiday in 2019 – the hotlist
– The Guardian

Yorkshire Sculpture International is the UK’s largest dedicated sculpture festival, a series of exhibitions, international commissions, events and learning programmes not seen on a scale anywhere else – with sculpture in its broadest forms on display across four major galleries – the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park – and outdoors in Leeds and Wakefield.

This first festival builds upon Yorkshire’s rich history as the birthplace of pioneering sculptors, including Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, and as the home of this unique consortium of galleries and celebrated sculpture collections.

Reflecting the curatorial theme put forward by British artist Phyllida Barlow that ‘sculpture is the most anthropological of the artforms’ the free 100-day festival responds to the idea that there is a basic human impulse to make and connect with objects, and the programme explores what it means to create sculpture today.

YSI will feature major new commissions in city centre locations; Ayşe Erkmen will make a new site-specific work for Leeds and Huma Bhabha will be presenting her first UK public commission in Wakefield. Tarek Atoui will be presenting a new commission between Leeds and Wakefield working with local communities.

Yorkshire Sculpture International builds on the growing profile of Yorkshire as a cultural destination and on the cultural ambition behind the Leeds 2023 bid. Summer 2019 sees the launch of Yorkshire Sculpture International, and it is hoped that the festival will grow into a regularly recurring event. It is next planned to be part of Leeds 2023.


Visit YSI

All four galleries are only a 30-minute drive, bus or train ride away from each other in Leeds and Wakefield. The Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery can be found next door to each on The Headrow in Leeds.

Please see individual venue websites for location, suggested transport, directions, access and parking facilities.

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