Art, culture and history
Our region is famous for nurturing creative minds. Artists like Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney and Damien Hirst all originate from Yorkshire, or came to study at our leading colleges of art and design.
In film, TV, music and literature, the Bronte sisters, Ted Hughes and Alan Bennett are among the important and influential artists inspired by our region.
Leeds City Region also has also produced more than its fair share of international sporting gold medal-winners, including Olympians Lizzie Armitstead, Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee and Nicola Adams. In fact, Yorkshire athletes were so successful at the 2016 Rio Olympics, that if Yorkshire competed as a country in its own right, it would have finished higher in the medal tables than New Zealand, Canada and South Africa.
We have internationally-renowned galleries and cultural space, such as the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, which spans the Leeds City Region and includes the 122 hectare Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds city centre, and Wakefield’s iconic Hepworth art gallery on the city’s rejuvenated waterfront.