Four unmissable reasons to visit Yorkshire this autumn

There are four great (and free!) reasons to visit Yorkshire this autumn…

Leeds Art Gallery exterior, image courtesy Leeds Museums and Galleries

1. The reopening of Leeds Art Gallery

It’s been closed for a while, but Leeds Art Gallery will be opening its doors again on 13 October 2017.
Fully refurbished, with a new roof, alongside an impressive programme of exhibitions. Including a major
ARTIST ROOMS Joseph Beuys exhibition and new acquisitions by leading contemporary artists such as
young American artist Martine Syms and renowned British sculptor Alison Wilding RA.

The gallery will also present their extensive collection that looks back over 130 years.
Plus you have to see the newly created crowd-funded Victoria staircase commission Xanadu, 2017, by Lothar Goetz.

We’re delighted it’s back – Leeds Art Gallery, we’ve missed you!

 

Henry Moore, Large Two Forms, 1966–69. Bronze. Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation. Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo © Jonty Wilde

2. 40th birthday celebrations of Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is always beautiful, but it looks particularly stunning in the autumn when you
can explore the park and discover sculpture among the falling leaves. This season sees their fortieth birthday
celebrations continuing and the opening of a major exhibition by Alfredo Jaar. The exhibition features political
and poetic installations which promise to transform the Underground Gallery and its open-air concourse.

With his international reputation, we can’t wait to see what he’s going to create for us in Yorkshire.

Alfredo Jaar: The Garden of Good and Evil, 14 October – 8 April 2018

 

Hepworth Wakefield by Marc Atkins / Art Fund 2017

3. The Hepworth Wakefield is Museum of the Year 2017
Winning the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year back in July, The Hepworth Wakefield have an
extra special autumn of celebration planned. News hot off the press is that they are about
to launch a brand new cafe with the popular Leeds independent tea and coffee house,
House of Koko and Masterchef finalist Chris Hale.

October also sees a major new exhibition by the much overlooked Polish artist, Alina Szapocznikow.

To celebrate their big win, they’ll be continuing to open every day giving us all more chance to discover
why they won this major award.

Alina Szapocznikow: Human Landscapes, 21 October 2017 – 28 January 2018
The Hepworth Cafe opens to the public on 21 October 2017

 

Henry Moore c.1929-30 with Reclining Figure 1929 (LH 59) and Mask 1930 (LH 77)
photo: © Henry Moore Archive, courtesy of Leeds Museums and Galleries

4. The Henry Moore Foundation’s 40th anniversary celebrations

2017 also sees The Henry Moore Foundation celebrating 40 years of existence. So, as is only appropriate,
they are marking this anniversary with a major exhibition examining the life and work of their founder,
the much celebrated Yorkshire sculptor, Henry Moore.

Opening at The Henry Moore Institute, in Leeds, this November, Becoming Henry Moore, charts the artist’s
creative trajectory between 1914 and 1930, from gifted schoolboy to established sculptor.
Featuring early work he made as a student, the exhibition also shows his work alongside other artists,
such as Picasso, Rodin and Michaelangelo, demonstrating his inspirations and influences.

Becoming Henry Moore, 30 November 2017 – 18 February 2018