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On the Heights

Photo: Jonty Wilde for Yorkshire Sculpture Park

The Bothy Gallery and various open-air sites across the Park
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
West Bretton
Wakefield WF4 4LG

Opening event: Saturday 28 October, 2-5pm. Please rsvp here if you would like to attend.

On the heights showcases new work, developed in response to the landscape and heritage of YSP and the Bretton Estate, by artists Miriam Austin, Sam Belinfante, Tom Lovelace and Frances Scott.

YSP partnered with Art Licks, a London-based arts organisation, to invite the four artists to spend two weeks living and working at the Park in April 2017. On the heights – curated by the Director of Art Licks, Holly Willats, in collaboration with YSP – presents the resulting work in the Bothy Gallery and open air. The works in the exhibition sensitively consider the extraordinary setting of YSP and explore the history, stories and landscape of the area, presenting a new dialogue between nature and experimental contemporary art practice for visitors to explore.

Sam Belinfante is a University Academic Fellow Academic Fellow in Fine Art and Curatorial Practice in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. Inside the Bothy Gallery, Belinfante’s audio-visual work explores a disorientation of the senses through storytelling; examining sound within the territory of the visual and of the sculptural. Set in the landscape of the Park, Belinfante filmed William Shakespeare’s ‘play within a play’ – The Mechanicals’ rehearsals and performance of Pyramus and Thisbe – from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Through the work, Belinfante highlights the efforts of labourers – workers who communicate their ideas through their hands – to present a play and to give voice.

See the Yorkshire Sculpture Park website for full details about the exhibition and the artists taking part.

On the heights extends YSP’s history of building relationships with and supporting young and emerging artists through the visiting artist programme.

Photo: Jonty Wilde for Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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