YSP 40

Celebrating 40 years of art without walls

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In celebration of the Park’s 40th anniversary, YSP is featuring major indoor and open-air exhibitions, ambitious interventions in the landscape and an exciting series of special events.


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YSP held its first exhibition in 1977 and is now acknowledged as one of the best places in the world to see sculpture.

This summer, we're celebrating our 40th anniversary with A Weekend of Wonderful Things. On 14 to 16 July 2017, from dawn until dusk, encounter everything that is wonderful about YSP with a range of special events and experiences. Enjoy art from all angles with space to breathe in the Park’s stunning 500-acre landscape, complemented by delicious food and drink.  

2017 has seen the introduction of new works for the open air by leading artists, including a beautiful new monumental cast iron, Wilsis, by Jaume Plensa. Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads is a dramatic group of 12 bronze animal heads, representing the traditional Chinese Zodiac and standing at three-metres-tall. In Lower Park, Zak Ové's Black and Blue: The Invisible Men and the Masque of Blackness, a powerful army of 80 identical figures, creates an extraordinary impact. In addition, we've welcomed works by Phyllida Barlow, Matthew Day Jackson, Mikayel Ohanjanyan and Bob and Roberta Smith.

We have also presented a range of exciting talks by Tony Cragg and Cornelia Parker, with more to come by artists including Haroon Mirza. And, poet, playwright and novelist Simon Armitage is our poet in residence for the year. He is throughout the seasons to write new work in response to the Park, curating an event, as well as launching a new publication later in the year.