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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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The Protest ARTcart

20 Feb 2018

There is something unusual making its way across the YSP landscape – a cart full of possibilities and friendly protest! Celebrating the United Nations’ World Day of Social Justice, the...

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Arts Award Family Studio

20 Feb 2018

Is your family working on their Arts Award Discover or Explore? Our Arts Award Family Studio gives you a free space to think and create, and a base to explore our current Arts Council Collection...

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Zodiac Books

21 Feb 2018

Taking inspiration from Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads by Ai Weiwei, you'll draw, paint, write and collage to create a fold-out book relating to your personal zodiac sign. Information and...

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My Collection

3 Mar 2018

Join us for a day of activity celebrating, sharing and making collections. This is a special event running as part of the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme.  –...

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Pick ‘n’ Mix Portraits: Family Photography Workshop

17 Mar 2018

There are so many different ways of creating an interesting photograph. Which one will you pick to represent who you are?   YSP invites families to work with artist Pui Lee in playful...

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'Happiness, Health and Wellbeing at YSP' Research Open Day

18 Mar 2018

In 2016, YSP began a 3-year research project with the University of Huddersfield exploring the everyday visitor experience at YSP and what impact this could have upon visitors’ happiness and...

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The Tinker Project: Family Sculpture Workshop

18 Mar 2018

In this playful workshop you will tinker and transform everyday objects into new and exciting sculptures. What will you take apart? A toaster, a speaker or maybe even a vacuum cleaner. Led by...

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Make Yourself at Home: Family Studio Space

1 Apr–10 Apr 2018

Imagine, draw, construct, play and, most importantly, have fun in our family studio space at YSP Learning each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the Easter holidays. Explore ideas inspired by...

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