Chiharu Shiota 'Beyond Time' Exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

We took a visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park to see Beyond Time, a new site-specific installation by Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota. The work takes over the Chapel which was built in 1744 as part of the Bretton Estate. You might remember our previous adventures in the YSP in the form of our admiration of the old gymnasium, and of course it's much-loved Camellia House.  

Chiharu Shiota 'Beyond Time' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, photographed by Haarkon
Chiharu Shiota 'Beyond Time' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, photographed by Haarkon
Chiharu Shiota 'Beyond Time' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, photographed by Haarkon
Chiharu Shiota 'Beyond Time' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, photographed by Haarkon
Chiharu Shiota 'Beyond Time' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, photographed by Haarkon
Chiharu Shiota 'Beyond Time' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, photographed by Haarkon
Chiharu Shiota 'Beyond Time' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, photographed by Haarkon

Chiharu Shiota shows work all over the world and whilst many pieces utilise similar materials/techniques they remain unique to the situation, often linking directly (as in the case here at YSP) to the space in which they consume. Colour is important and carries much symbolism for Shiota, and despite her Japanese heritage (where 'white' can reference mourning) she uses it with positive intent; to represent 'newness' in death as opposed to an ending. 

Chiharu Shiota 'Beyond Time' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, photographed by Haarkon
Chiharu Shiota 'Beyond Time' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, photographed by Haarkon
Chiharu Shiota 'Beyond Time' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, photographed by Haarkon
Chiharu Shiota 'Beyond Time' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, photographed by Haarkon

The 'woollen air' is filled with photocopies of a St Bartholemew (the original name for the chapel) songbook as a way of Shiota replacing the silence with song... and upstairs there's a copy of a book that we have recently read - Silence in the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge, which is great by the way and absolutely recommended whether you see this exhibition in person or just live it through us.

Chiharu Shiota 'Beyond Time' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, photographed by Haarkon
Chiharu Shiota 'Beyond Time' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, photographed by Haarkon
Chiharu Shiota 'Beyond Time' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, photographed by Haarkon
Chiharu Shiota 'Beyond Time' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, photographed by Haarkon

We really like the way that the light travels through the threads and catches at various points, we enjoy the stillness of it all despite the appearance of whirling motion and we really appreciate that the views change as we move through it, archways form and dispel and the papers seem like cartoon thought bubbles if we want to get really playful. 

The exhibition is on from 30th March - 2nd September 2018 and is FREE to visitors, as is the rest of the sculpture park, the only charge is for parking. 

Visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park's website here

Visit Chiharu Shiota's website here