The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle has secured funding of £750,000 for a new triennial project, the Yorkshire Sculpture International.
The partnership, which includes two Art Fund Museum of the Year winners – the Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park – along with the Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery, has received investment from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme for the project which will take place between July and September 2019 across Leeds and Wakefield. The event will include new outdoor commissions, collaborative artistic programming, talent and audience development, and international commissioning partnerships.
The Leeds and Wakefield-based organisations will now begin phase one of their planning to bring the project to reality with an engagement programme beginning in July 2018.
Explaining the collaboration between the four galleries, Godfrey Worsdale, Director of the Henry Moore Foundation, said: “Since the early twentieth century, Yorkshire has been associated with the development of sculpture.
“Over recent years, Leeds Art Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Henry Moore Institute and The Hepworth Wakefield have brought collective energy and expertise to the subject through exhibitions, commissions, collections, archiving, and academic research.”
Sarah Maxfield, Area Director North, Arts Council England, added: “Yorkshire Sculpture International will illustrate how the region is a world centre for cultural excellence in sculpture and I’m looking forward to seeing the new commissions.
“The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle is now regarded as an unrivalled British centre for sculpture and Arts Council England’s support for a new international sculpture triennial will enable this collaboration to take a very significant step forward and make an increasingly significant contribution to the UK’s cultural landscape.”
Since 2013 Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle has supported numerous major new commissions by internationally renowned artists including Thomas Houseago, Martino Gamper and Rebecca Warren. In 2015 it also realised Anthony Caro’s largest ever exhibition in the UK.
Henry Moore, Sheep Piece, 1971-72. Photo: Jonty Wilde; Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation
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