New £3.8m Yorkshire Sculpture Park centre scheme approved

Plans to create a new £3.8m visitor centre at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) have been approved.

Friday, 19th February 2016, 1:13 pm
Updated Friday, 19th February 2016, 1:15 pm
Youngster watches sculpture technicians at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, install six enormous sculptures by renowned American artist KAWS.

The centre, which will be open from 10am until 5pm every day, will include a gallery and exhibition space, reception area, a cafe and a small shop.

Peter Murray, the YSP’s chief executive said: “The centre will provide a platform to sustain and increase visitor numbers over the next decade, offering exciting new artistic experiences for the public to enjoy, whilst boosting our commercial income, providing sustainability in the long term as reductions in public funding continue to take effect.”

It will sit at the Bretton Country Park entrance to the site, off Huddersfield Road, next to the existing car park.

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An existing kiosk outbuilding will also be renovated and the car park upgraded under the plans.

Members of Wakefield Council’s Planning and Highways Committee approved the plans yesterday, despite nine objections lodged by members of the public.

One, by Dr David Biltcliffe said: “YSP have not made out a compelling case for the need for such a building at this location in the Green Belt. On the contrary, the building is largely a commercial venture that would intrude into much-appreciated, historic landscape.” The secretary of state will now decide whether or not to call-in the application and hold a public inquiry.

The YSP is currently home to the dramatic exhibition that sees a series of imposing sculptures depiciting cartoon-like mice standing in various poses around the site.

Styled as a wry take on Pop Art it is the work of the renowned New York artist Kaws.

Six large sculptures, measuring between six and ten metres high, are being installed outside and inside.