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Yorkshire Sculpture Park launches chapel as new exhibition space

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St Bartholomew’s Chapel, built in 1744, will be opened to visitors for the first time in 250 years as a new exhibition space within the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

The Grade II listed Chapel was originally built to serve the Bretton estate. Built of sandstone in the Palladian style, the chapel was designed by Sir William Wentworth, whose family owned the estate between 1407 and 1982. The building has been chosen by the organisers of new exhibition The Angel, as a space that already contains a meditative presence to sympathise with the exhibit. 

The Angel (1989) comprises 125 spheres of hand-blown Murano glass, which will be arranged on the stone floor of St Bartholemew’s Chapel at YSP. The project, initiated for the 2009 Venice Biennale, is presented on the original stone floor of the mid-18th century Bretton Estate Chapel. The Angel forms the centre piece of an exhibition of works by the influential American artist James Lee Byars (1932-1997).

The Angel will showcase alongside a further selection of sculpture in the anteroom of the Chapel and in the Bothy Gallery at YSP.

  • The Chapel will be open Wednesday–Sunday, 11am–4pm, 19 September – 29 November 2009


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