Art without walls

Friday 21 September | 4.30pm–5.30m

Winner of Museum of the Year 2014, YSP is an international centre for modern and contemporary art inspired by the natural beauty of the historic 18th-century Bretton Estate, West Yorkshire. Opened in 1977, it shows permanent work by British and international artists, including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, as well as a series of temporary exhibitions.

Peter Murray is the founding and Executive Director of YSP and has nurtured its growth over the last 40 years. He has received numerous awards for his work, including Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of York, Huddersfield and University of the Arts London and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art.  He received the Catalan Ramon Llull award for Creative Arts and the UK National Critics Circle Art and Architecture Award.  He was awarded an OBE in 1996 and a CBE IN 2010 for services to the arts.  He has contributed to International Sculpture Center conferences in the UK and USA and has worked with many major artists and organized significant exhibitions, including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Tony Cragg and Antony Gormley.

2018 sees the opening of a new £3.8million visitor centre at YSP which provides additional space for showing large-scale sculptures from across the world.

Sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard has said of her practice: “My work requires a lot of time as it very labour intensive…labour of the Medieval Ages kind”. Often monumental, usually made from wood or bronze, Ursula von Rydingsvard’s work is an extraordinary testament to her ability to transcend cultural barriers and to adapt and cope with adversity. From the harshest of conditions, she has forged an exciting, New York-based international career, which has built steadily over the past 30 years. Highlights have included: first solo exhibition in New York in 1988; presentation at Storm King Art Center in 1992; first exhibition at the YSP in 1997; monumental cast-bronze sculpture, Ona at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. 2015 saw a major exhibition of her work at the YSP and at 56th Venice Biennale.

Peter and Ursula have known each other for over 20 years and worked together on a number of projects, including Ursula’s largest exhibition to-date which was held at YSP in 2014.  Peter also curated Ursula’s exhibition at the 2015 Venice Biennale.  He has visited her studio in New York on many occasions and Ursula is a frequent visitor to YSP.  They share a passion for sculpture and landscape and together will discuss the evolution of YSP and Ursula’s progress from minimalism to the creation of monumental works for the open air.


Ursula von Rydingsvard
Ursula von Rydingsvard

Banner image: Peter Murray at Yorkshire Sculpture Park with Jonathan Borofsky's Molecule Man 1+1+1