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Family Learning

‘A truly magical experience that captured the whole family's imagination’

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Our Family Learning programme is informed by an ongoing action-research project called Learning Together. We work with new and existing audiences, local families, and community partners to deliver an innovative, wide-ranging and ambitious programme.

As part of our commitment to families and organisational development we are signed up to the Family Arts Standards. These standards are designed to help families know what to expect from participating arts organisations and cover the basic considerations for visiting venues and engaging in any type of arts experience – from art to theatre, dance and beyond. 

As part of our general public offer we have embedded a range of resources in the galleries to support families in their visits and to encourage deeper engagement, understanding and appreciation for the artwork and exhibitions. These include:
– Hands-on, tactile resource baskets with activities to develop looking, thinking and making in response to individual artworks and wider themes
– Family leaflets, which can be used in the gallery and taken away as a record of the visit
– 'Talking Together' cards to encourage questioning and dialogue between families and 'Drawing Together' activities, which use drawing as a tool for observation and interpretation
 

‘Everything changed because of this project: how I understand my child, how my child talks to me, I feel like I’ve got to know him better before he embarks on a new part of his life’

Family participant

Facilities for Families

YSP welcomes families and aims to be as family-friendly as possible. In the open air, children are free to run around, making the most of our 500 acres of historic parkland. Facilities for families include: baby changing at YSP Centre, YSP Learning and the Bothy Gallery; highchairs in the Restaurant and Café; family-friendly food and drink; unlimited tap water; and picnic areas.

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Family Events

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Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine

28 May, 23 Jul–27 Aug & 29 Oct

Immerse yourself in an imaginative world of sculpture making. Work and play together to build sculptures inspired by artists in the Park. Stack, balance, join and arrange. Always outdoors, Come...

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Little Explorers for Under 5s

Last Thursday of the month / 10.30–12.00 & 13.00–14.30

Fun awaits in the Hidden Forest on the Last Thursday of the month, let our artists take you and your little one on an imaginative adventure to visit a sculpture near to the Hidden Forest. Skip, jump...

Free

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Hidden Forest Open Days

Saturdays in school holidays (1 Jun & 27 Jul–31 Aug)

Bring your under-fives to our magical Hidden Forest Open Day, drop-in any time to play, make sculptures, share stories, explore mark-making while under the canopy of some magnificent trees. Every...

Free

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The ARTcart

25 May, 30 Jun, 21 Jul, 7 & 26 Aug

Roll up, roll up, the ARTcart is popping up again! Take part in some art making, art thinking and art playing with your family. Look out for us as we move throughout the Park – just ask a...

Free

Event

To Breathe: Sculptures in the Sky

14 Jul 2019

Join us to create a collaborative outdoor artwork inspired by Kimsooja’s work To Breathe. Create an ever-expanding installation of shimmering rainbows which frame the landscape. Immerse...

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Family Summer YSI Sculpture Walk

21 Jul–21 Aug 2019

Join us for a family summer sculpture walk. Explore the extraordinary sculptures of Yorkshire Sculpture International artists brought to Yorkshire to celebrate where you live. Draw, think and...

Free

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Make Yourself at Home: Family Studio Space

Sun–Tues in Wakefield School Holidays / 11.00–16.00

Pop into our family friendly creative space at YSP Learning. Make, draw, construct, play, imagine and have fun in our Garden Studio. Explore ideas inspired by current exhibitions at YSP and be your...

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Family Workshop: Patterns and Prints with Ella Doran

27–28 Jul 2019 (two-day event) / 11.00–16.00

Join us for a unique weekend workshop led by award-winning designer Ella Doran. Design and create your own lino print, taking inspiration Ella's exhibition Sheep to Seat, Fleece to...

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