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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


Playful Family Sculpture Walk: Autumn

27 Oct 2019

Awaken your Senses and celebrate the beauty of Autumn at YSP with a family Sculpture walk in the beautiful parkland. Guided by an artist, we'll discover sculptures & spend time together in...


Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine

29 Oct 2019 & 18 Feb 2020 11.00–12.00 & 13.30–14.30

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...


Little Explorers for Under 5s

31 Oct 2019 / 10.30 & 13.00

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...


David Smith in Two Dimensions: Photography Workshop

2 Nov 2019

Capture David Smith’s pioneering sculptures in two dimensions on this full-day family creative photography workshop. Consider how geometric shapes, materials and patterns can be transformed...


Tales from the Gallery: Storytelling for Under 5s

3 Nov 2019

Join us on the first Sunday of every month for interactive and immersive storytelling in the gallery.   A different story is created in the gallery every month by our spellbinding...


Sculpture Skills

9 Nov 2019

Spend family time together to design, create and construct your own abstract sculpture. Take inspiration from David Smith and Barbara Hepworth, pioneering abstract sculptures. Let our artist support...


Sculpture Baby: David Smith

21 Nov 2019

Bring your baby to our sensory ‘sculpture baby’ session. Experience David Smiths exceptional exhibition and be captivated by his gravity- defying abstract sculptures. Spend creative time...


Sculptural Tree Decorations

1 Dec 2019

Join us in this family workshop to create festive decorations to treasure. Taking inspiration from David Smith and his intricate steel sculptures an artist will support your family to make a variety...


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