Yorkshire Sculpture International

2 September 2019

Programmed across four major galleries, the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, as well as various outdoor spaces in Leeds and Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture International is the UK’s largest dedicated sculpture festival.

The first festival builds upon Yorkshire’s rich history as the birthplace of pioneering sculptors, including Collection artists Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, and as the home of this unique consortium of galleries and celebrated sculpture collections.

Our recent Curators’ Day brought together arts professionals from across the UK for two days of talks and tours around an impressive programme of exhibitions and commissions as part of the inaugural event.


Among the events and exhbitions visited were:

Material Encounters at Hepworth Wakefield

Sachin Kaeley at The Art House, Wakefield

David Smith at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Ruth Ewan and Oscar Murillo at Longside Gallery

Nika Neelova and Holly Hendry at The Tetley

Index Festival, Leeds

Leeds Art Gallery

Henry Moore Institute, Leeds


See below for a slideshow of highlights from the event.


Yorkshire Sculpture International runs until 29 September 2019.



The Arts Council Collection organises six events for UK-based curators each year.  Designed as an informal forum for networking, learning and sharing, the events bring together curators from galleries across the country and are organised in collaboration with Art Fund.


Each event has a special focus, either looking at particular areas of professional practice or visiting major exhibitions with talks from artists, curators and specialists on a range of topics.

> Find out more about our Curators' Days

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