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Sculpture and the landscape: a journey round sculpture parks in Britain Mary Yule Thursday 11 October 2018

Over the past three decades or so, the UK has seen a phenomenal increase in the number of sculpture parks and gardens opening throughout the country.  Today they play a key part in ‘cultural tourism’ and, while each one is very different, all display outdoor contemporary sculpture in beautiful landscape settings. The lecture takes the audience on a visual tour of some leading examples, and discusses how sculpture and landscape interact in varied locations– in rural landscape, landscaped parkland, private gardens, artists’ studio-gardens and the grounds of historic houses, Chatsworth being the leading example.  It looks in detail at four outstanding places - the Cass Sculpture Foundation at Goodwood, Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield, the Henry Moore Foundation at Perry Green in Hertfordshire and Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Little Sparta in South Lanarkshire.

Mary Yule studied art history at Birkbeck College and the Courtauld Institute of Art (MA in 20th Century British Art).  She was assistant Director and Director of Grants at the Art Fund until 2006.  She has lectured for the Art Fund and Kingston University, and also at the National Gallery, the Wallace Collection, and Museums Association conferences and study days.   Her publications include  A Place for Living Art: The Whitechapel Art Gallery 1952-68, Artists and Patrons in Post-War Britain (2001) and articles in Art Fund and museum publications.