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Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019

Yorkshire sculpture international

Leeds and West Yorkshire have been named number seven on National Geographic's Cool List 2019 of must-see destinations. Central to this, is the fact the region is holding the first Yorkshire Sculpture International, of which the Leeds School of Arts is a proud partner.

The partnership has brought a range of opportunities to the school and benefits to our students, these include:

  • A range of lectures are being delivered by internationally renowned artists, including our INSIDE/OUT series in March.
  • Our fine art students are currently working in response to a 'provocation' set by YSI.
  • Two £5,000 grants are being offered to staff and students for the production of a sculpture based book.
  • A practice-based scholarship was awarded to PhD student Julia McKinlay.
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A festival of sculpture across Leeds and Wakefield is taking place between 22 June and 29 September 2019. Yorkshire Sculpture International (YSI) is a free 100-day festival featuring a series of exhibitions, international commissions, events and learning programmes. Sculpture in its broadest forms will be on display across four major venues and outdoors across Leeds and Wakefield.

The festival is produced by Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle and builds on the profile, strengths and collections of four partner venues: the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

YSI has been funded by Arts Council England with regional investment from Leeds 2023, Wakefield Council, Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds.

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Between November 2018 and February 2019 the school organised a series of eight lectures in partnership with YSI and Leeds Art Gallery. Delivered by acclaimed artists including Anne Hardy, James Capper, Holly Hendry and Zadie Xa, this series was open to both students and the general public. Exploring sculptural practice today and their unique perspective, most of the speakers also ran exclusive tutorials for Leeds Beckett students.

The series programme can be found here.


Inside Out Lecture Series

Six events from our biannual INSIDE/OUT lecture series are being run in partnership with YSI, featuring a fantastic array of practitioners from various areas of the world of sculpture. Starting with internationally renowned artist Kimsooja delivering the first of these in October 2018, and then moving onto our March 2019 series featuring the brilliant Phyllida Barlow, Tarek Atoui, Tamar Harpaz, Nobuko Tsuchiya and Ayşe Erkman, these all promise to be fascinating.

The mission of the series is to bring the best minds of our generation to inspire and support the work students and staff do across the Leeds School of Arts at Leeds Beckett University. The series is also open to the general public and recordings of the talks are made available online.

Tarek Atoui

Fine Art University Project Space

Based in the ground floor space of the school’s Broadcasting Place home, BA (Hons) Fine Art students are working in response to a range of sculptural provocations set by world-leading sculptor Phyllida Barlow.

Working with staff and invited artists, students are exploring the question ‘what is sculpture?’ through both discussion and making, engaging with a wide range of materials and methodologies.

For further information, please contact BA (Hons) Fine Art Course Director Dr Julia Kelly (J.A.Kelly@leedsbeckett.ac.uk).

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Sculpture Book Grant

Two £5000 grants have been created for the design, production and printing of a book responding to sculpture. The opportunity, open to staff and students (past and present) will fund the creation of two publications which are responses to any form of sculpture, traditional or non-traditional, manifested through the form of the book. The winning proposal will be selected by a panel including specialists in artist books and representatives from Leeds Beckett University and YSI and announced in April 2019. The books will be launched in September 2019.

You can read the full competition brief here.

PhD Scholarship

A practice-based scholarship was created as a result of our partnership, with the intention that the successful student would develop their PhD topic in dialogue with Yorkshire Sculpture International and the academic supervisory team at Leeds Beckett University. This fully funded three year doctorate was awarded to the very talented Julia McKinlay who is working across sculpture, drawing and print, and alongside the team producing the festival.

You can read more about Julia and her PhD here.

Yorkshire Sculpture International Conference

A conference to round off the YSI will be organised by Julia McKinlay and Leeds Beckett University in September 2019. Details to follow.

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