Easter in the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle

It’s that time of year again, spring is stirring and Easter is almost upon us. With so much going on this Easter holidays across the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle venues we’ve put together this handy guide to help you plan the perfect day-trip.


The Hepworth Wakefield


Spring Market

Sat 8 & Sun 9 April / 10am – 5pm / free

Start the Easter holidays with a visit to The Hepworth Wakefield Spring Market, featuring stalls selling textiles, ceramics, jewellery, homewares, seasonal produce and more – plus street food, live music and free family activities.


Spring Wreath Making Workshop (Adult workshop)

Sat 8 & Sat 15 April / 2 – 4pm / £25 / Members £18.75

Work with florist Lizzie Simpson of In-a-Gadda-da-Vida Flowers to make a moss-based wreath decorated with seasonal fresh flowers and foliage to decorate your home this spring.


Easter Willow Weaving Sculpture Workshop (Adult workshop)

Sat 8 April / 10.30 – 4pm / £60 / Members £45

Join Leilah Vyner of Dragon Willow to learn sculptural techniques with natural materials and create a free-standing, woven Easter chicken.


Wearable Sculpture (Family activity)

Tues 11, Wed 12, Thurs 13, Tues 18, Wed 19 & Thurs 20 April / drop-in 11am – 4pm / free

Kids will love to transform themselves into a sculpture by making a wearable artwork inspired by new exhibition Disobedient Bodies.

Disobedient Bodies: JW Anderson curates The Hepworth Wakefield (Exhibition)

Until 18 June / free

Jonathan Anderson, one of the world’s most innovative contemporary fashion designers, explores the human form through a personal selection of sculptures, fashion pieces and objects of craft and design.


Anthea Hamilton Reimagines Kettle’s Yard (Exhibition)

Until 1 May / free

This ambitious installation exhibits a series of new works, created by the Turner Prize nominated artist Anthea Hamilton in response to works from the Kettle’s Yard Collection.


Approaching Thunder: 1940s British Prints and Drawings (Exhibition)

Until 1 January 2018 / free

Drawing from The Hepworth Wakefield’s outstanding collection of 1940s British works on paper, this exhibition revisits a decade of anxiety, austerity and idealism that resonates strongly with our lives today.


György Gordon: From Hungary to Yorkshire, 1924-2005 (Exhibition)

Until 1 January 2018 / free

An exhibition of work by the Hungarian-born artist György Gordon, celebrating the recent gift of three paintings to the Wakefield collection.


Yorkshire Sculpture Park


Make Yourself at Home (Family activity)

Sun 9 – Tues 11 & Fri 14 – Tues 18 April / drop in 11am – 4pm / free / all ages

Drop in with the kids to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park‘s free studio space for families. Draw, create a collage or make your own sculpture inspired by the new [Re]construct exhibition.


Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine (Family activity)

Tues 11 & Tues 18 April / 11am – 12pm & 1.30pm – 2.30pm / £3 / all ages

Immerse yourself in the imaginative world of sculpture making. Work and play together to build sculptures inspired by artists in the Park.


Step into a Rainbow (Family activity)

Wed 12 & Thur 13 April / drop in 12pm – 4pm / free / all ages

Head to Longside Gallery for a vibrant and playful drop-in workshop exploring the colourful and mind-bending paintings and sculptures in new exhibition Kaleidoscope: Colour & Sequence in 1960s British Art.


The ARTcart (Family activity)

Thur 13 & Thur 20 April / drop in 11am – 4pm / free / all ages

Roll up, roll up for some art making, art thinking, and art playing, with The ARTcart. Create your own art power super cape, design a flag of rights, or follow the art and nature trail, all inspired by a brand-new artwork by Bob and Roberta Smith.


Tony Cragg: A Rare Category of Objects (Exhibition) 

Until 3 September 2017 / free

See mind-boggling sculptures made from dice, glass, stainless steel and bronze in the biggest UK exhibition to date by leading artist Tony Cragg. In the Underground Gallery, Garden Gallery and open air.


Anne Purkiss: Sculptors (Exhibition)

Until 4 June 2017 / free

A collection portraits of sculptors, all of whom have exhibited at YSP over the last 40 years, displayed in the YSP Centre Upper Space.


Kaleidoscope: Colour & Sequence in 1960s British Art (Exhibition)

Until 18 June 2017 / free

Kaleidoscope examines the art of the 1960s through a fresh and surprising lens, bringing together exceptional examples of painting and sculpture from the Arts Council Collection.


[Re]construct: An Arts Council Collection National Partners exhibition (Exhibition)

Until 25 June 2017 / free

An exhibition largely selected from the Arts Council Collection, which highlights the close and complex relationship between sculpture and architecture.


Henry Moore Institute


Aleksandra Domanović: Votives (Exhibition)

Until 11 June 2017 / free

A new commission of 3D-printed sculptures by Aleksandra Domanović, that investigate how technological advances impact on communication and culture.


Roy Ascott: Form has Behaviour (Exhibition)

Until 23 April 2017 / free

Roy Ascott (b. 1934) is a pioneering British artist who has worked throughout his career with cybernetics, telematics and communication theories. This focused exhibition sets out to establish Ascott’s innovative work in the narrative of British sculpture.


Off the Shelf: Artists’ Books in the Henry Moore Institute Research Library (Exhibition)

Until 30 April 2017 / free

A small selection of artists’ books from the Institute’s collection are on display in the Sculpture Research Library. All deal with language and explore artists’ interest in words in connection with sculptural practice.


Robots and Human History (Lecture)

Wed 19 April 2017 / 6pm / free

Jasia Reichardt (Independent curator) discusses ‘Robots and Human History’. Followed by a discussion with Dr Tim Stott (Henry Moore Institute Visiting Fellow, 2016-17).


Things to Come (Film screening)

Wed 26 April 2017 / 6-8pm / £5 – £8

A screening of the sci-fi classic ‘Things to Come’ (1936) at Hyde Park Picture House, with an introduction by Lisa Le Feuvre, Head of Sculpture Studies at the Institute. Programmed as part of the Aleksandra Domanović: Votives exhibition.


Leeds Art Gallery is currently closed for essential repairs on the Victorian roof, and will reopen to the public from Friday 13 October 2017. In the meantime you can still enjoy tea and refreshments in the iconic Tiled Hall Café, just next door to the Henry Moore Institute.


Photo @ Jonty Wilde