YORKSHIRE Sculpture Park will be given a £200,000 grant from Wakefield Council in recognition of its importance as the “number one cultural destination” in the district.
The council’s cabinet agreed to fund the world-renowned park at its meeting last Tuesday.
The one-year agreement for 2011-12 will be funded by the council’s creative partners budget, a new scheme to fund arts organisations in the area, and will include the costs of the salary of the director of the park, Peter Murray, a council employee.
When the creative partners scheme was first announced in February, the sculpture park was absent from the awards list, and the park confirmed it was still in discussion with the council about its funding arrangements.
At the meeting, the cabinet said the agreement would “establish a strong strategic partnership between the council and the YSP,” with the aim of:
l Increasing visitor spend, overnight stays and return visits to Wakefield
l Establishing Wakefield’s place as the home for outstanding sculpture in the UK in conjunction with The Hepworth Wakefield
l Protecting, preserving and promoting understanding of the historic landscape and environment of the West Bretton park.
The amount is a reduction in funding from the council, which gave the park a £230,000 grant in 2010-11.
YSP is currently working with the council and a private developer to develop a ﬁve-star hotel and spa development at Bretton Hall.