Olympic artist takes collection to YSP

New exhibition by award-winning artist Anish Kapoor at the YSP.
New exhibition by award-winning artist Anish Kapoor at the YSP.

WORK by the man who created the UK’s largest public sculpture for the Olympics has arrived at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Internationally known artist Anish Kapoor designed the 115 metre high observation tower, Orbit, which is the centrepiece in London’s Olympic village.

His exhibition of both old and new creations will be on show at the park’s Longside Gallery until November.

Clare Lilley, director of programme at the West Bretton park, said: “This is a really important project and it’s fantastic that one of the world’s greatest living artists can now be seen in Yorkshire.

“Kapoor’s work with the Olympics ties perfectly with this exhibition.”

The collection by the Turner Prize-winning artist has been organised by the Arts Council Collection.

It is part of their Flashback series which presents early pieces alongside recent work to give an insight into the evolution of key figures in British art.

This is the first survey of Kapoor’s work to be held in the UK, outside of London.

On display will be his intriguing sculptures which he created using a range of materials including pigment, stone and polished stainless steel.

They include White Sand, Red Millet and Many Flowers, which demonstrates Kapoor’s early interest in applying raw pigment to a range of organic forms.

And Untitled, which is a polished stainless steel piece of work, that draws the viewer into a seemingly bottomless reflection. His mirrored work made Kapoor a household name.

Caroline Douglas, head of the Arts Council Collection, said: “We are very proud to bring Anish Kapoor’s Flashback show to our Longside Gallery.

“The show here assembles major pieces from throughout his career drawn from public collections in the UK and is a testament to the richness and vibrancy of museum collections in this country.”

Entry to the exhibition is free, although parking charges apply.

Longside Gallery is open daily from 11am until 4pm and a 2km walk from the park centre - or a free shuttle bus is available.