FIELD TRIP THREE: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Led by LAND2 members Andrea Thoma, painter and academic, and Deborah Gardner, sculptor and academic, from the University of Leeds
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is one of Europe’s leading outdoor art spaces. http://www.ysp.co.uk/ and offers an intriguing opportunity to consider the relationship of sculpture, people and landscape. There are always over a hundred works on outdoor display at any one time and include David Nash, Elizabeth Frink, Roger Hiorns, Sol LeWitt, James Turrell, Ai Wei Wei, Dennis Oppenheim, Anthony Caro, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. However, it’s not just the works but also the location which are striking, situated in the South Yorkshire coalfield and built using money from coal the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is set in the 500 acres of the splendid Bretton estate. The estate itself has a long history even being listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. The last of the Wentworth family to own Bretton Hall, was Thomas, he was responsible for the development of the landscape. Richard Woods, who was a talented contemporary of ‘Capability’ Brown, designed the grounds and includes planting of exotic trees and large water features and a charming Camellia House. Many of the works respond directly to their setting for example the 18th century deer shelter, now home to James Turrell’s Skyspace and the Ai Wei Wei at St Bartholomew's Chapel, built by William Wentworth in 1744.
There will be an opportunity to meet one of the curatorial team and to visit the Longsides Gallery.
Warm and waterproof clothing and stout walking boots are recommended for those taking the full trip around the park. There is disabled access at the park and a wheelchair/less able route around some of the exhibits.