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Sculpture Park is named Museum of Year

Yorkshire Sculpture Park Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which is filled with work by artists including Henry Moore and Tracey Emin ,has been named Museum of the Year.

The 500-acre open-air gallery , near Wakefield, was hailed by judges as a "truly outstanding museum with a bold artistic vision".

The park, which opened more than 30 years ago with an exhibition of 31 sculptures, welcomes 300,000 visitors a year to its galleries in the grounds of an 18th century country house.

It beat venues including Tate Britain and the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth to the win the £100,000 prize, formally known as The Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year, at a ceremony at the National Gallery in central London.

Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes announced this year's winner and praised the "dedication, love, and unbelievable creativity" of the shortlisted museums which also included London's Hayward Gallery and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich.

Stephen Deuchar, who chaired the judges, said: "A perfect fusion of art and landscape, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park has gone from modest beginning to one of the finest outdoor museums one might ever imagine."

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Walking sculptures arrive at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Several walking sculptures have arrived at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield where they will spend the next three months travelling around near the other exhibits. The pieces by sculptor James Capper are designed to churn up the ground around them, leaving behind an artistic trail.

James Capper's walking sculptures arrive on site
James Capper's walking sculptures arrive on site Credit: ITV Calendar

Campaign to stop sale of " Old Flo"

The future of a Henry Moore statue based in Yorkshire has been discussed in Westminster. "Old Flo" is currently at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, but there's some confusion about who actually owns it.

Tower Hamlets council in London say they **do and want to sell it to pay off some of their debts. MPs in Wakefield and London are campaigning to keep the work of art in public hands.

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