More than a million visits to Leeds and Wakefield galleries in a year

More than a million people visited the four art galleries which form the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle (YST) according to latest statistics, making it one of its busiest years ever.

Monday, 16th April 2018, 5:52 pm
Updated Monday, 16th April 2018, 6:01 pm
Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park attracted around 1.01 million people from April 2017 to March this year – more than the Houses of Parliament welcomed in 12 months.

Leeds Art Gallery only reopened in October 2017 after an 18-month multi-million pound renovation and in that time it was visited by 213,430 people – up 52 per cent on the same period in 2015/16 before it closed.

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The Hepworth Wakefield was up a by 22 per cent on the previous year after 248,731 passed through its doors.

And the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds attracted 73,853 people – a rise of 9.8 per cent year-on-year.

“Even better, all our galleries are free so it opens up access to the arts for everyone.

“Whether you’re a lifelong art lover or have never set foot in a gallery, there’s something for everyone – that, I think, is the secret to our success.”

The Hepworth Wakefield won Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017, adding to Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s victory in 2014.