It’s not really a triangle, more of a line that runs from Leeds to Wakefield, but that should not detract from the fact that the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, a new initiative launched today, makes our county the best place in Europe to see sculpture.
Yorkshire’s sculptural heritage includes the names Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and no less than four internationally significant venues where annually more than one million art lovers enjoy sculpture and our claim as the best place for the art form in Europe.
The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle is an initiative that sees the four major venues in the county that showcase the best in Sculpture – Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Henry Moore Insitute in Leeds, Leeds Art Gallery and The Hepworth Wakefield – all working together alongside the Arts Council and tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire.
The organisations will receive £170,000 of Arts Council money to shout even louder about the great sculptural work we have in the county that attracts visitors from all over the world.
Simon Wallis, director of The Hepworth, Wakefield, said: “Anecdotally I have heard from our visitors that they come to us, then very often go on to visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and up to Leeds to see the sculpture there, this gives us a chance to formalise that, for us to work together and tell people about this incredible wealth of sculptural work we have here in the county.
“It is a unique offer in Europe and while there are outdoor parks like the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in America, there is no other area that has the concentration of sculpture in quite the same way that we have here.”
Cluny Macpherson, regional director of Arts Council England, said: “The investment of the Arts Council is timely because the Hepworth has had such an exceptionally successful opening couple of years and continues to go from strength to strength.”