Unfortunately the day we chose to visit was in the middle of an exhibition change over, Emily Sutton's exhibition was being taken down and Henry Moore’s being put up: but that didn’t spoil the day. The sun was out, the day was crisp, the air bracing, and there was masses and masses of snowdrops in flower. Perfect really.
We stopped by the historic and newly-restored St Bartholomew’s Chapel to take in 'Song for Coal', an immersive audio-visual work by Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, which coincides with the 30-year anniversary of the UK miners’ strike. Once you have adjusted to the dark and tuned your senses in to the music it was just amazing. What initially sounds like Gregorian chant is the song of coal, and the kaleidoscope of images which makes up the rose window is quite hypnotic.
Whatever the season, there is always something to see at the YSP, with at least 60 works on display across the estate at any one time. Artists featured in the open air include Roger Hiorns, Sol LeWitt, Dennis Oppenheim, Martin Creed, Anthony Caro and Magdalena Abakanowicz. But one of my family favourites is Anthony Gormley: One & Other (2000)
Although the local free range highland cows are quite impressive too!
But no mater where you look, there is always something to capture the eye at YSP!