Sheffield artist transforms sculpture park into ancient university

Joe Moore, Hester Reeve, Russell Hall at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Joe Moore, Hester Reeve, Russell Hall at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
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A Sheffield artist is transforming Yorkshire Sculpture Park into an ancient Greek university for a special one day event.

Hester Reeve, a lecturer in fine art at Sheffield Hallam University, is working with local groups to devise a series of free activities at the park near Barnsley on Saturday, August 30.

The pop-up academy called YMEDACA runs from dawn until dusk and is inspired by the first university established by Plato in fifth century BC Greece.

Visitors can join West Yorkshire Astronomical Society on a walking tour of the sculpture park to discover the exact position of the planets, witness the scythe-cutting of reeds at the park’s lower lake by Hand Tools United, and look around the Greek temple to experience The Magick Lounge Club.

There will also be workshops and performances by the Cantabile Choral Group, The Royal British Legion, West Yorkshire Pagan Meet Up and Yorkshire Sun Society.

The day ends with The Sacrifice to Athena, a performance by Hester and the Magick Lounge Club, at 8.30pm.

The pop-up event is the culmination of two years of work by Hester, who has two current displays at the park.

Temple of the Muses in the National Arts Education Archive and The Game Plan in the upper space at the YSP Centre can be seen until September 7.

Places need to be booked for some of the events. For details visit