Clare Lilley to succeed at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s founding director Sir Peter Murray is to be succeeded by YSP’s director of programme Clare Lilley when he retires in March.

Lilley joined YSP in 1999 as a curator with specific responsibility for co-ordinating a management plan. She rose to become director of programme in 2010 after which she played a leading role in developing new galleries, visitor centres and educational buildings. She has driven an innovative programme of modern and contemporary art incorporating diverse media and philosophies and the transformation in approaches to advocacy, marketing and communications. In 2014 YSP was voted the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year.

“Over the years, it has been a privilege to work with Peter Murray in bringing exemplary art to millions of people” Lilley said. “As we all face environmental and social challenges that are exacerbated by the Covid pandemic, I’m confident that YSP’s exceptional staff, trustees and supporters are well placed to face the challenges ahead and I relish the opportunity to make YSP even more dynamic and resilient.”

And Nicholas Serota, former Tate director and now chairman of Arts Council England of which YSP is a national portfolio client, added: “From its beginnings in a marquee in a field the Yorkshire Sculpture Park has become one of the outstanding places in the world to see contemporary sculpture. Much of this success is due to the leadership and vision of Sir Peter Murray CBE who founded YSP in 1977. I’m delighted to welcome the appointment of Clare Lilley as the second director of YSP.”

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