International artist to create new work at The Art House in partnership with Yorkshire’s leading sculpture destinations


Salvage: Veronica Ryan in residence at The Art House Wakefield
1 June – 30 June 2017


The Art House announces a unique residency this June with British artist Veronica Ryan.  Selected to take part in The Art House Change Makers residency programme running throughout 2017, the artist is being supported by venues included in the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle. A co-commission by The Art House and The Hepworth Wakefield will enable the artist to create a new piece in response to the Masterpieces exhibition at The Hepworth, which examines the work of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore and their deep connections with Yorkshire.  To complete this ambitious work the artist will make use of studios at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. 

In 2000, Ryan completed a residency at Tate St Ives, where she worked in the former studio of Barbara Hepworth and used marble gifted by the Hepworth Estate. During her time there, Ryan made a series of works that responded to Hepworth’s sculpture, the Cornish landscape and to her own interests in interior and exterior forms, identity and place. A number of these works have since joined existing works by the artist in the Tate Collection and Arts Council Collection. 

During her residency at The Art House, Ryan will have the opportunity to re-examine her connection with Wakefield-born Barbara Hepworth and to continue her explorations of ancestral history, mythologies, migration and loss. With reference to Ryan’s birth place of Monserrat and the devastation caused there by a volcanic eruption in 1995, the artist will consider ideas of mapping narratives of place, home and memory. Stacked structures will be created from items including found objects and textiles.

An exhibition of the work produced during this residency will be launched at The Art House during Artwalk Wakefield in November 2017 and the new commission will become part of the Wakefield Permanent Art Collection at The Hepworth Wakefield, recently announced as a finalist for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017.

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Notes to Editors

Residency Events:  

In Conversation with Veronica Ryan and Mike Tooby, Professor of Art and Design, Bath School of Arts and Design at The Art House: Wednesday 14 June, 2pm – 4pm.
Exhibition opening: Artwalk Wakefield, Wednesday 29 November, 5 – 9pm.  

For more information, interviews and images please contact:

Helen Deevy  
01924 312000

Veronica Ryan

Ryan (born 1956) is a Montserrat-born British artist who currently splits her time between New York and the UK.

She has studied at St Albans, Bath Academy of Art, the Slade School of Art and the School for Oriental and African Studies.  Ryan completed a residency at Tate St Ives from 1998 to 2000, where she worked in the former studio of Barbara Hepworth. Using objects that reference home and location to create sculptural forms, Ryan's work examines notions of place and the stacking and layering of memories and narratives.

Ryan was represented in the Arts Council Collection touring show ‘Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977 – 1986 in 2015, which produced a well received catalogue featuring an essay by Jon Wood, Research Coordinator, Henry Moore Institute and contribution from Mike Tooby, Professor of Art and Design, Bath School of Art and Design. Her work also featured in the British Art Show at Hayward Gallery, London in 1990. Solo exhibitions include The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh PA (2011/12), Kettle's Yard, Cambridge (1988), ICA, London (1987) and Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (1987). Her work is in the permanent collection of the Tate Gallery and Arts Council Collection.

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Arts Council England Change Makers Fund

The Art House bid successfully for Arts Council England’s Change Makers Funding that is enabling creative practitioner Hannah Mason to join the senior management team as Change Maker Associate until December 2017. She will develop two solo residencies and curate their associated exhibitions.

The aim of the fund is to increase the diversity of senior leadership in art and culture by helping to develop a cohort of leaders who are Black, minority ethnic and/or disabled by means of a targeted senior leadership training and development programme. An additional aim of the fund is to provide host National portfolio organisations with a development opportunity to adopt cultural change that can be a catalyst for improving their contribution to the Creative Case for Diversity. 

About The Art House 

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9 – 5pm

The Art House is a visual arts development agency and a registered charity (number 1063671) established in 1994 by a group of artists in response to the lack of facilities for disabled visual artists. The Art House now provides studios and programmes offering time, space and support for artists and associates to develop their creative and critical practice and professional careers. 

Alongside an accessible programme of events, training and mentoring, residencies and commissions, The Art House develops collaborative platforms promoting equality and diversity, driving new research and contributing to an essential discourse around the Creative Case for Diversity in contemporary visual arts practice.

The Art House is an NPO (National Portfolio Organisation) with Arts Council England.

To find out more about The Art House please contact Helen Deevy, Admin and Communications Officer on 01924 312000, email

About The Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield is an award-winning art gallery in the heart of Yorkshire, set within Wakefield’s historic waterfront overlooking the River Calder. Designed by the acclaimed David Chipperfield Architects, the gallery opened in May 2011. 

Named after Barbara Hepworth, one of the most important artists of the 20th century who was born and brought up in Wakefield, the gallery presents major exhibitions of the best international modern and contemporary art and has dedicated galleries exploring Hepworth’s art and working process.

The Hepworth Wakefield is home to Wakefield’s art collection – an impressive compendium of modern British art, including works by Ben Nicholson, Patrick Heron, L.S. Lowry, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore as well as work by significant contemporary artists such as Frank Auerbach, Maggi Hambling, Anthea Hamilton, Martin Parr and Eva Rothschild.

About Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is the leading international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017. As an independent art gallery, accredited museum and accredited charity (number 1067908), YSP's core work is made possible by investment from Arts

Council England, Wakefield Council, Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation and Sakurako and William Fisher through the Sakana Foundation. YSP was named Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2014.

For Yorkshire Sculpture Park media enquiries, contact Kerry Chase, Senior

Marketing and PR Officer on +44 (0)1924 832515 /