Awards

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YSP has won a clutch of awards including Art Fund Museum of the Year 2014

Recent Accolades

Welcome to Yorkshire
White Rose Awards 2016

Winner Large Attraction of the Year

The Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014
Winner

The Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year is awarded annually with a value of £100,000. It was established in 2003 to recognise the very best of the UK’s internationally acclaimed museums. YSP was named the 2014 winner at a ceremony at the National Gallery in London on Wednesday 9 July 2014. 

RIBA Client of the Year Award 2014
Shortlisted

Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Arts Council Collection were nominated by Adam Khan Architects for the Seizure Gallery. YSP was also nominated for previous RIBA Award-winning projects, YSP Centre and the Underground Gallery.

RIBA National Award 2014 
RIBA Yorkshire Award 2014
Seizure Gallery by Adam Khan Architects

The enclosure for Roger Hiorns' Seizure, 2008/2013 was designed by Adam Khan Architects. The RIBA Awards for buildings celebrate design excellence in architecture and the built environment. Find out more about Seizure, 2008/2013.

The Greats Gift Retailer Awards 2014
Best Museum/Visitor Attraction Gift Shop
Finalist

The Greats Awards were launched by Progressive Gifts & Home to recognise and reward the UK's very best gift retailers across the retail spectrum. 

Northern Design Awards 2013
Yorkshire Sculpture Park Shop (YSP Shop) was named Best Independent Retailer for the second year running in the Northern Design Awards 2013. Shelley Bond, Event Manager representing the Northern Designs Awards, said: "It is rare that a finalist wins two years on the run and Yorkshire Sculpture Park has achieved this against strong competition. It's a unique retail environment offering a diverse range of products and is a deserved winner.

CoolBrands 2013/14
YSP was named a CoolBrand in 2013/14. The CoolBrands® list follows a vote by a combination of 3,000 consumers and a panel of 37 designers, style experts, media personalities and prominent figures from the worlds of TV, fashion and music. Helping rate coolness this year were the likes of TV Chef, Gizzi Erskine, musicians Laura Mvula and Charli XCX, Bestival founder, Rob da Bank and model, Daisy Lowe.

Yorkshire's Most Magnificent Attraction 2013
YSP was named Yorkshire’s ‘Most Magnificent Attraction’, beating 2012's winner Yorkshire Wildlife Park and over 100 other popular Yorkshire venues to this prestigious accolade.

Just under 5,000 people voted for their favourite Yorkshire venue at yorkshireattractions.org, with YSP beating Yorkshire Wildlife Park into second place, followed – in order – by Flamingo Land and North Yorkshire Moors Railway. All of the top 4 venues are members of the Yorkshire Attractions Group, and overall voting was dominated by the 18 venues that make up the membership of that group.

Ramon Llull Award for Creative Arts
awarded in conjunction with the Principate of Andorra

The Ramon Llull Foundation awarded Executive Director of YSP, Peter Murray CBE, first prize in its 2011 annual awards, for promoting an important Catalan artist at international level.

The award is in recognition of the exhibition dedicated to sculptor Jaume Plensa, at YSP between April 2011 and January 2012. The exhibition was one of YSP’s most successful to date, bringing record numbers to the Park and receiving an overwhelmingly positive response. 

The Ramon Llull Foundation aims to promote the study of the Catalan language. The prize-giving ceremony took place at the Casa d’Areny-Plandolit in Ordino, Andorra and was attended by Albert Esteve, the Andorran Minister for Culture and Vicenç Villatoro, the Director of the Fundació Ramon Llull and the Institut Ramon Llull.

Northern Design Awards 2012
Best Independent Retailer

YSP Shop was awarded Best Independent Retailer by the Northern Design Awards. The awards serve to recognise and celebrate excellence in design across the North of England.

On receiving the award, YSP Buyer Amanda Peach, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled and honoured to have brought home the award for Best Independent Retailer. We strive to offer our customers a memorable shopping experience, whether they’ve come as part of a wider visit to YSP or have made a special journey to shop here. It is great recognition for what we do and will act as a driving force for new ideas in the year ahead.”

Welcome to Yorkshire
White Rose Awards 2012

Large Visitor Attraction Finalist
Arts & Culture Finalist

The annual White Rose Awards are Yorkshire's biggest and most spectacular tourism awards, intended to recognise and celebrate the best of the regions tourism industry. The award for Business Tourism recognises excellence in conferencing and corporate hospitality.

Critics' Circle Award 2012
Peter Murray won the Critics’ Circle Visual Arts and Architecture award for his contribution to the visual arts in 2012. Simon Tait, chairman of the Critics’ Visual Arts and Architecture Section, said: "Peter Murray's contribution to sculpture and the arts as founder of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and its director for 30 years is unique and universally applauded. I am delighted that he has won the award." Read more

Visit England Awards for Excellence 2012
Business Tourism Award Finalist

The awards recognise businesses that incorporate best practice throughout their operation and also celebrate the very best quality and innovation, helping to raise standards across the industry and secure England’s place as a world-class holiday destination. Find out more at visitengland.org

Yorkshire Society Awards 2011
YSP's Executive Director Peter Murray CBE was awarded the Yorkshire Society's first ever award for Art & Culture.
Find out more at yorkshiresociety.org.uk

Welcome to Yorkshire
White Rose Awards 2011

YSP won the prestigious Business Tourism Award at the 2011 Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards. The judging panel praised YSP for its ‘unique combination of sculpture and tailored event management’, which helped it beat off tough competition from industry heavyweights in a strong category including Magna Science Adventure Centre, Sheffield International Venues, Harewood House, Weetwood Hall and Conference Centre, and the Royal Armouries.

Yorkshire's Most Magnificent Attraction 2011
Yorkshire Sculpture Park was named Yorkshire’s ‘Most Magnificent Attraction’, beating over 100 other popular Yorkshire venues to this prestigious accolade.

South Bank Show Award, 2008
In 2008 our major Andy Goldsworthy exhibition won the Visual Arts Award in the prestigious South Bank Show Awards.

This stunning YSP exhibition was selected from a shortlist reflecting the range of talent among artists working in Britain today; nominees included Mark Wallinger for State Britain at Tate Britain, and David Adjaye for Rivington Place.

This accolade celebrates a remarkable exhibition which mesmerised the hundreds of thousands of visitors from its opening in March 2007 to its closure in January 2008. The memorable project, which was sited throughout YSP’s 500 acres of historic landscape, was the culmination of a 20 year relationship with Andy Goldsworthy and a fitting tribute to Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s 30th anniversary.

The exhibition, which was generously supported by Roger Evans and the Henry Moore Foundation, also resulted in the acquisition of three permanent site specific works: Shadow Stone Fold, Hanging Trees, and Outclosure.

Peter Murray, Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Executive Director, commented:
"We are delighted that the Andy Goldsworthy exhibition, which is one of our most ambitious projects to date, has won the prestigious South Bank Show Awards for the Visual Arts.

This is a richly deserved award for such an important British artist and recognises the hard work and commitment of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park staff."


Tracy Emin made the presentation to Andy Goldsworthy at an awards ceremony in the Dorchester Hotel, London. The twelfth annual South Bank Show Awards will be televised on ITV on Sunday 3 February, hosted by Melvyn Bragg.

Gulbenkian Prize finalist, 2006
"The new gallery is a superb addition to this much loved venue, recognised as one of the best sites in the world to see contemporary sculpture in the open air and in a sumptuous landscape. It has been elegantly incorporated into an 18th century garden; imaginative, witty and wholly modern, yet respectful of the atmosphere and ambience of its setting. Its potential to expand the range of media that the sculpture park can present was exemplified by the stunning, literally mind blowing, James Turrell light installations on show during the judges visit. The vision of making art accessible to all shines through the whole organisation."
Lord Winston, Chairman of Judges
25 May 2006

The Underground Gallery was commissioned in April 2003 and completed in December 2004 at a cost of £2.75 million. With over 600 square metres of space and three large galleries, it is one of the largest purpose-built galleries to have been constructed in Britain for a number of years, and was designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley architects to fit sensitively with the historic landscape of the Sculpture Park. The Underground Gallery has enabled YSP to build on its worldwide reputation and extend the scope and range of media it can show. Examples of this include the William Turnbull retrospective (May - Oct 2005) and the James Turrell light installations (Nov 2005-Jan 2007).


 

Awards

Welcome to Yorkshire
White Rose Awards 2016

Winner Large Attraction of the Year

Welcome to Yorkshire
White Rose Awards 2014

Finalist Arts & Culture
Finalist Business Tourism

The Art Fund Prize for
Museum of the Year 2014

Winner

RIBA Client of the Year Award 2014 (shortlisted)
RIBA National Award 2014
RIBA Yorkshire Award 2014
Seizure Gallery by Adam Khan Architects

The Greats Gift Retailer Awards 2014
Best Museum/Visitor Attraction Gift Shop 

Northern Design Awards 2013
Finalist Best Independent Retailer YSP Shop

Welcome to Yorkshire
White Rose Awards 2013
Finalist Arts & Culture

CoolBrands 2013/14

Yorkshire's Most Magnificent Attraction 2013

Ramon Llull Award for Creative Arts awarded in conjunction with the Principate of Andorra

Peter Murray CBE

Northern Design Awards 2012
Best Independent Retailer YSP Shop

Welcome to Yorkshire
White Rose Awards 2012

Large Visitor Attraction Finalist
Arts & Culture Finalist

Critics' Circle Award 2012
Peter Murray CBE

Visit England Awards for Excellence 2012
Business Tourism Finalist

Yorkshire's Most Magnificent Attraction 2011 

Yorkshire Society Awards 2011
Peter Murray CBE, Art & Culture Award

Elle Decoration British Design Awards 2011
Best Retailer Finalist

Welcome to Yorkshire
White Rose Awards 2011

Business Tourism Winner
Large Visitor Attraction Finalist

Welcome to Yorkshire
White Rose Awards 2010

Business Tourism Finalist

Yorkshire Business Insider Awards 2010
Unique Venue of the Year
Team of the Year

South Bank Show Awards 2008
Visual Arts Award – Andy Goldsworthy at YSP

Gulbenkian Prize (now the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year) 2006
Finalist

Architectural Awards 2006
YSP Centre

RIBA White Rose Award – Sports and Leisure Category
RIBA National Award
Civic Trust Award

Underground Gallery
RIBA White Rose Award – Sports and Leisure Category and Yorkshire Building of the Year
RIBA National Award
Civic Trust Award
Civic Society Award