Two of the things in life that can help you to feel beltin’ are art and wandering through nature. So, what do you get when you combine the two? The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, that’s what! If you live close enough for a visit, great, if not, wait until lockdown restrictions ease, then go exploring!
It was the first sculpture park in the UK and it’s the biggest of its kind in Europe. It showcases pieces by names such as Barbara Hepworth, David Nash and James Turrell. Plus, it also has a year-round temporary exhibitions programme spanning both indoor galleries and open air.
One of the reasons that the park was initially founded was to allow open access to art. It gives those who wouldn’t normally go and visit a gallery the chance to enjoy it in a different way. Who knows, it might help to evoke their inner Artist! I often preach about the fact that the arts can feel too high brow or pretentious, and that can be really off putting, so I love ideas that help anybody to divulge and hopefully discover something that they never knew that they loved.
Last year, Yorkshire Sculpture International, a festival of sculpture hit Leeds and Wakefield to help engage a mass audience through sculpture. It included four works by Damien Hirst; Charity (2002-2003), Myth (2010), The Hat Makes the Man (2004-2007) and The Virgin Mother (2005-2006). Now, the Damen Hirst exhibition is running in the Country Park until April 2022.
I can’t help but wonder how secure all of these fields are. As a Damien Hirst wouldn’t last a day without being half-inched where I live. Anyway if I’ve whet your appetite, you can find out about the park and all of its pieces on display in much greater detail over on YSP here.
One more thing, I bet them sheep are getting a right eye full!
Do you like the idea of art amongst nature? Could you be arsed checking it out? Tell me in the comments, cock.