World-famous artist to create sculpture for Wakefield city centre

Wednesday 19th September 2018

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New York and Wakefield will have even more in common after it was announced a world-famous artist will create a sculpture for Wakefield city centre.

As part of Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019, and backed by Wakefield BID, Huma Bhabha will create a new sculpture to go on display from June 22 to September 29 in the city. The exact location is yet to be revealed.

Last year, the artist installed her "We Come in Peace" sculpture on the roof of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, overlooking the famous Manhattan skyline.

It's all part of Yorkshire Sculpture International, the biggest sculpture event in the UK in 2019, bringing together one exhibition across The Hepworth Wakefield, The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, plus new outdoor commissions in Wakefield city centre and Leeds city centre.

Elizabeth Murphy, Wakefield BID manager, said: "This is yet another sign of big things to come for Wakefield city centre. We are already part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, which has been dubbed the UK home of sculpture, and YSI will take us onto the next level. Huma Bhabha's work is bold, challenging and definitely eye-catching. The best thing for me is that you don't have to be an art lover to look at her work and make your own judgements - and enjoy it. It will certainly get people talking and, more than that, get people visiting."

Jane Bhoyroo, Producer of Yorkshire Sculpture International, said: “With temporary new commissions in city centres and exhibitions in world-renowned galleries, Yorkshire Sculpture International is a major new addition to not just the cultural calendar, but Yorkshire’s tourism as a whole. It will enhance our county’s already outstanding cultural offer, which is drawing the attention of increasing numbers of national and international visitors. Yorkshire Sculpture International has mass appeal – from art lovers to people who simply want to be wowed by something amazing and challenging in front of them. An extensive public engagement programme will support artistic talent development in the county and introduce new audiences to sculpture. People of all ages will have the opportunity to connect with sculpture, inspiring them to think about, talk about, and make sculpture.”

Work by leading international artists, including newly commissioned work and key sculptures from their careers, will also form one exhibition across four world-renowned galleries. The first artists announced include Rashid Johnson (the Henry Moore Institute), Wolfgang Laib and Tau Lewis (The Hepworth Wakefield), David Smith (Yorkshire Sculpture Park) and Nobuko Tsuchiya (Leeds Art Gallery).

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Image: Huma Bhabha - We Come in Peace, 2017 - Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York