Leeds and Wakefield holds UK's largest dedicated sculpture festival

Opened on 22 June–29 September 2019, the first-ever Yorkshire Sculpture International is the UK's largest dedicated sculpture festival.

The Yorkshire Sculpture International takes place across four major galleries - the Hepworth Wakefield, the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The next installment will play a major part in the cultural programme of Leeds 2023.

Building upon Yorkshire’s rich history as the birthplace of pioneering sculptors, including Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, the theme "scupture is the most anthropoloficial of the artforms" was put forward by Phyllida Barlow.

Major commissions and activities include:

  • Ayşe Erkmen responding to the Central Court at Leeds Art Gallery
  • Huma Bhabha's first UK public commission in Wakefield
  • Tarek Atoui working with local communities on performances in Wakefield
  • Ongoing Damien Hirst sculpture exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
  • Workshops, talks, curator tours and more

Find out more on the entire programme here.

Ayşe Erkmen, three of four, 2019. Image: Jerry Hardman-Jones


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