Director's Christmas Lecture 2018: Yorkshire Sculpture International

  • Leeds Art Gallery
  • Wednesday, 5 December 2018
  • Starting at 6pm in the Henry Moore Lecture Theatre, Leeds Art Gallery

Godfrey Worsdale talks about the forthcoming Yorkshire Sculpture International event in 2019.

In his annual Christmas Lecture Godfrey Worsdale, Director of the Henry Moore Foundation, will be looking forward to next year’s Yorkshire Sculpture International (YSI) project, which will see the Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery joining forces with our colleagues at The Hepworth Wakefield and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

YSI is a new undertaking, which will offer a truly international perspective on sculpture that is on a scale not yet seen across our venues and the region. The event will not only look forward to what YSI might bring, but also consider the historical context that has led to its development.

The UK’s largest event celebrating sculpture, YSI will take place from Saturday 22 June to Sunday 29 September 2019. Free entry and open to all across the four venues.

The project will feature work by international artists in each of the galleries, as well as major new outdoor sculpture commissions across public spaces in Leeds and Wakefield, inviting you to interact with art in unexpected places in the cities.

This event is free of charge and open to all, but booking is advised. For more information please contact Kirstie Gregory, our Research Coordinator.

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About the speaker

Trained as an art historian in London, Godfrey Worsdale’s career began in the early 1990s at the British Museum, where he worked in the Department of Prints and Drawings. In 1994 he simultaneously established Cultural Instructions; an exhibition space in London dedicated to contemporary projects. He joined Southampton City Art Gallery as a curator in 1995 and became its Director three years later.

In 2007 he moved to the North East to establish Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. This was followed by seven years as Director of BALTIC in Gateshead, where he oversaw major solo exhibitions including Jenny Holzer, Daniel Buren, Lorna Simpson, Elizabeth Price, Jim Shaw and Anselm Kiefer. He also founded BALTIC 39; a new space dedicated to research and experimentation, developed in partnership with the Northumbria University.

Worsdale has served as a judge and juror for the 2011 Turner Prize and the 54th and 57th Venice Biennales. In 2015 he became the Director of the Henry Moore Foundation and now divides his time between Perry Green in Hertfordshire where Moore lived and worked, and the Henry Moore Institute in the county in which he, like Henry Moore, grew up. In 2016 Worsdale was awarded an OBE for services to the visual arts.

Venue details

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Leeds Art Gallery
The Headrow
West Yorkshire
United Kingdom
T: 0113 247 8256
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Opening times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 3pm

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