Henry Moore, Sheep Piece 1971-72 Photo: Jonty Wilde. Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation.

Yorkshire museums to stage international sculpture triennial

Rebecca Atkinson, 19.07.2017
Project receives £750,000 from Arts Council England
The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, a partnership of four art museums in Leeds and Wakefield, have been awarded £750,000 by Arts Council England (ACE) to stage an international sculpture triennial in 2019.

Yorkshire Sculpture International will take place from July to September at the Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery in Leeds, and the Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield.

The venues will share expertise and resources to collaborate on artistic programming, talent and audience development, new outdoor commissions and international commissioning partnerships. An engagement programme is expected to start next July.

“Yorkshire has long been celebrated for its wealth of world-class sculpture and I’m delighted that we are funding this project through our Ambition for Excellence programme,” said Sarah Maxfield, the area director north for ACE.

“The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle is now regarded as an unrivalled British centre for sculpture, and the arts council’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.”

Godfrey Worsdale, the director of the Henry Moore Foundation, said: “Since the early 20th 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.”

Earlier this month the Hepworth Wakefield won the £100,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017 award. The accolade was previously won by Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2014.