Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019

From the end of June until September Yorkshire turns its focus towards sculpture and all its avenues. Yorkshire Sculpture International is a celebration of sculpture that lasts a hundred days and displays works in Leeds, Wakefield and beyond. Free to the public many incredible works will be viewable all around Yorkshire from the town centers to the open air fields where larger than life characters, abstractions and shapes can captivate a new audience. With an impressive list of artists contributing work and with the festival heading to schools and universities to spread the excitement and help future sculptors, this festival is not to be missed. If you still aren’t convinced, have a look at the following artists and the works they will have on display here.

David Smith – This famous sculptor who famously used metal as his primary material has three decades of work at Yorkshire Sculpture International. Here his abstract shapes leap out from the backdrop of everyday life, many of which are angled and stacked to emphasise the 3D space they occupy. Find impossibly piled cubes, wire bodies and chunky metal polygons in all manner of positions.

Wolfgang Laib – Recognised for turning exhibition spaces into giant spaces filled with natural materials, Laib brings his masterful and earthy perspective to Wakefield for a brand new piece. Here he will continue his naturalistic approach and create an installation using pollen and rice all which was collected by himself near his home. His process and application is vastly different from other sculptors bringing an unexpected side of peace, tranquility and a subtle spirituality to it.

Wolfgang Laib
Wolfgang Laib

Tau Lewis – This self-taught artist renowned for her uncanny textile creations is showcasing her first exhibit outside of North America in Wakefield. Developing materials from flat lifeless pieces into three dimensions is no easy task alone, yet Lewis manages to also create unforgettable characters that provide a perspective on oppression. With found objects, clothing, rags and carvings all mixed together its well worth taking a look at what can be achieved from a collection of materials you may regard as rubbish.

Jimmie Durham – Probably known most infamously for placing huge boulders on top of cars, Jimmie Durham has been in the sculpting world for a while. With no medium off the cards this innovative artist is known to create pieces from almost anything with items commonly ranging from natural sources, such as wood and bones, to industrial materials like pipework and plastic containers. Durham will be leading a talk as well as providing a commentary on some of his latest works which will no doubt reveal his perspectives in very different ways.

Art by Jimmie Durham
Art by Jimmie Durham

Damien Hirst – Unquestionably one the most acclaimed and controversial British artists in modern times, Damien Hirst is remembered for several reasons, whether it is his bank breaking diamond studded skulls or the animals preserved in formaldehyde, Hirst really likes to get under the skin. His sculptures on display in Yorkshire also carry on this trademark as his breathtaking works show cutaways of the human body. Here you can see muscles, organs and bones in X-ray style sculptures that are sure to catch your eye.