Free event

Date

Now - Sun 24 Apr 2022

Time

09:00 - 17:00

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is delighted to present 399 Days by Rachel Kneebone (b.1973) in the unique environment of the 18th-century Chapel. The artist’s most ambitious sculpture to date, 399 Days — named after the length of time it took to make — is over five-metres in height and comprises 63 exterior panels. Monumental in scale yet exquisite in detail, it echoes historic sculptures such as Trajan’s Column, a plaster cast of which is displayed in the sculpture court of the V&A, where 399 Days was also shown from 2017-2019.


Kneebone’s sculptures do not depict the full human form, but allude to the body through the use of a mass of legs appearing to be in motion, often shown in relation to organic forms such as flowers and orbs. Clay, and its more refined form of porcelain, have been used for thousands of years to make objects for the home and for display. Rachel Kneebone has developed her own unique form of sculpture, working primarily in porcelain to create highly complex and delicate objects. Kneebone does not work with assistants but creates each work herself by hand and has grown to accept and appreciate the sometimes unpredictable nature of her chosen material and the firing process: “I am quite reassured when a work explodes because I think that means I am pushing the boundaries of the material. My work moves around metamorphosis, change and simultaneous states, so nothing about it is fixed.”


The exhibition is supported by White Cube Gallery and is key in YSP’s 2021-22 artistic programme, which is dominated by women artists, and includes Joana Vasconcelos in the Underground Gallery and open air and the Arts Council Collection exhibition Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945 in Longside Gallery.


The Chapel will open Thursday to Sunday, plus bank holidays all year round; and seven days a week during school Summer holidays.