Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle


If you’re lucky enough to get out of the office this summer, the perfect day trip awaits at the ‘Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle’. Take time to explore three of the best British cultural offerings: the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in West Bretton, The Hepworth art gallery in Wakefield, and the Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery in Leeds.

Sculpture Park

We started our trip with a tour of Yorkshire’s sprawling Sculpture Park.

The 500-acre site is a great introduction for what's to come, the juxtaposition between sculpture and landscape really making the park a special place to spend a summer morning. Set against rolling hills and peaceful lakes, wooded areas and wildlife, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a truly unique exhibition space.  

Cornelia Parker’s “Neither From Nor Towards” stands out as a personal favourite. Weathered brick suspended from thin wire, the piece transforms as you walk around it, ending with tiny pebbles.
The Hepworth Gallery

A quick hop on the train down to Wakefield to visit the J.W. Anderson exhibition 'Disobedient Bodies' at the Hepworth Gallery. The Hepworth opened in May 2011 and is situated on the south side of the River Calder. Taking its name from sculptor Barbara Hepworth who was born and started her artistic journey here, the building (by David Chipperfield) is equally as impressive as the art inside.
The Hepworth Wakefield. © Hufton + Crow
28 Jumpers is a standout exhibit – 28 oversized pieces of knitwear hung from the ceiling all made from leftover J.W. Anderson fabric.
The Henry Moore Institute

Then on to the heart of Leeds for the Henry Moore Institute. Set in the middle of the cultural district, it not only displays sculpture from across the globe, it is also home to one of Europe’s largest research centres dedicated to the art form, with more than 27’000 books, catalogues and journals, the library is a must for anyone with an interest in sculpture – plus it’s completely free!

With so much to see on four different sites, completing the triangle in one day could prove rather tricky…
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