Campaign to save historical chapel at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

YSP Chapel. Photo: Jonty Wilde.
YSP Chapel. Photo: Jonty Wilde.

A campaign has been set up to save one of the oldest surviving buildings at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) and transform it into a gallery.

Fundraisers at the sculpture park have already secured £400,000 in funding but they need to raise another £100,000 to save the 270-year-old chapel.

The Georgian sandstone grade-II listed chapel was built in the grounds of the Bretton estate in 1744 by Sir William Wentworth.

The restoration project will involve replacing the roof, repairing the structure and installing heating.

Andy Carver, director of development, said: “At a time when public funding is becoming increasingly scarce, we depend on the people and organisations that love YSP to give us their financial support.

“Restoring the chapel is an important and exciting project for us; it will mean that we can keep this historic building open for future generations to enjoy and allow us to programme new exhibitions of sculpture in the beautiful, tranquil space.

“At the moment, the conditions in the chapel are not suitable for some types of art works and structurally it is deteriorating quite badly. The restoration will bring the building back to its former glory and give us a unique and versatile space for exhibitions and events.”

Funding has been provided by English Heritage, Country Houses Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation and The Pilgrim Trust.

People who donate more than £100 will be given the chance to have their names inscribed in the chapel and on the YSP website.

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Twitter users can track the campaign by following @YSPsculpture and #saveyspchapel.