What's On

Sculpture Season
The Blanket by David Murphy 25 January 2019 to 7 April 2019
The Blanket by David Murphy 25 January 2019 to 7 April 2019


In partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Park

25 January to 7 April 2019


We are delighted to announce the first visual arts commission from The Piece Hall Trust will be unveiled in the courtyard on 25 January 2019. Sculptor David Murphy has been selected from over 40 submissions to create a bold and confident response to the building’s history as a global centre for textiles.

Commissioned in partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) and co-funded by the Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant programme, ‘The Blanket’ will be a large-scale floor-based sculpture, positioned at the heart of the 66,000sq ft piazza. Steel tubes will be used to create a magnified weave, a shallow grid of intercepting and merging lines of subtly curved metal that together create a large ‘picnic blanket’. 

Accompanying the installation in the courtyard will be a gallery exhibition, co-curated by YSP’s Deputy Curator Damon Waldock, displaying further works from the artist, including paintings, drawings, sculptures and maquettes, alongside working drawings and sketches relating to the commission.  A programme of workshops for schools, adult learning events and community projects will take place throughout the time of the installation, acting as a warm up to ‘Yorkshire Sculpture International’, the UK’s largest sculpture festival – presented by the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and YSP – which takes place across the region from 22 June until 29 September 2019.



Wednesday - Sunday: 10am - 4pm


For details on the full programme, workshops and activities, visit our What's On page.

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The Piece Hall heritage regeneration project is also supported by Garfield Weston Foundation and The Wolfson Foundation.
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