Councillors asked to approve grant for Yorkshire Sculpture Park

​Date: 5/17/2016
Ref: PR 8224

Senior councillors are to consider offering a grant to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) to help it to secure new and sustainable funding.

Members of Wakefield Council's Cabinet will discuss a proposal to provide a one-off contribution of £500,000 towards the capital costs of a new visitor centre, gallery space and restaurant at the site in West Bretton.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "The Yorkshire Sculpture Park has achieved regional, national and international recognition for its work over the last 30 years.

"It has contributed a huge amount to the region's economic growth, and has helped to promote our district as a great place to live, work, play and study.  

"We have provided annual financial support for many years and have seen YSP grow to become a world leader in its field.

"But now is the time to consider if we should support them in a new way – by giving help which will enable them to sustain their own future."

The Council contributes an annual grant to YSP. But if councillors support the proposed project with a £500,000 grant then YSP would be able to secure an additional £400,000 in revenue from 2018/19 onwards. This means YSP would no longer be reliant on an annual grant from the Council.

The YSP has a long term ambition to increase long term sustainability by further developing its artistic programme, building audiences and increasing visitor income, and the new facilities would support this goal.

Councillors are being asked to consider the proposal when they meet at the next Cabinet meeting on May 24.