• Yorkshire Sculpture International

  • Yorkshire Sculpture International, the UK’s largest event celebrating sculpture, will take place from Saturday 22 June to Sunday 29 September 2019.

    Free and open to all, Yorkshire Sculpture International is produced by a unique consortium comprising the Henry Moore InstituteLeeds Art GalleryThe Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

    Yorkshire Sculpture International will feature work by international artists staged across the four venues and major new outdoor sculpture commissions across public spaces in Leeds and Wakefield, inviting you to interact with art in unexpected places in the cities.




    We have invited renowned sculptor Phyllida Barlow to be the ‘provocateur’ for this first Yorkshire Sculpture International.

    The 2019 event will explore a statement she proposed: ‘Sculpture is the most anthropological of the art forms’ and will respond to the idea that there is a basic human impulse to make and connect with objects.

    Find out more about Phyllida Barlow and her involvement.

    Building upon the region’s rich history as the birthplace and home of sculptors including Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Damien Hirst, Yorkshire Sculpture International will showcase the breadth and diversity of contemporary sculpture practice, inspiring you to rethink what you understand sculpture to be.


    Engagement Programme

    Yorkshire Sculpture International will be accompanied by an extensive engagement programme working with schools, universities, communities, a talent development programme for artists based in the region. Plus a partnership with The Freelands Foundation will enable ten teachers working in Yorkshire to take part in a Continuing Professional Development Programme to upskill their teaching and artistic practice, exploring how sculpture can be used in the classroom.



    Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019 has support from a National Lottery funded Ambition for Excellence grant from Arts Council England and regional investment from Leeds 2023, Wakefield Council, Leeds Beckett University and The University of Leeds.


    Contact the Yorkshire Sculpture International team

    Jane Bhoyroo – Producer

    Meghan Goodeve – Engagement Curator

    Kara Chatten – Marketing Manager


    Yorkshire Sculpture International opportunities

    Year of Sculpture – special offer for schools
    A unique two-day trip to enrich and support all primary and secondary teaching.
    Sign up now to take part in our artist-led workshops, running from September 2018.
    Find out more

    Professional Development Programme for artists in Yorkshire
    Find out more

    The Freelands Foundation and Yorkshire Sculpture International Teachers’ CPD Programme – applications are now closed
    Find out more


    Yorkshire Sculpture International News

    Yorkshire Post – Outdoor art will be at centre of biggest exhibition
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    Leeds 2023 Bid Continues As Six-Year Cultural Programme Announced Featuring Yorkshire Sculpture International
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    The Guardian – Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle wins £750,000
    Read more


    Images: Henry Moore Institute, Leeds; The Hepworth Wakefield (© Hufton Crow); Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Henry Moore, Large Two Forms 1966–69. Bronze. Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation. Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture-Park Photo © Jonty Wilde); Leeds Art Gallery (exterior image courtesy Leeds Museums and Galleries)