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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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Family Workshop: Festive Tree Decoration Making

Dates available until 26 Nov 2017

Create festive decorations as a family in time for the beginning of Advent. Taking inspiration from Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/ Zodiac Heads, come and make seasonal decorations inspired by...

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Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine

Dates available until 20 Feb 2018

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, arrange. Don’t forget your...

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Arts Award Family Studio

Dates available until 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 and a Chinese story, we will be creating our own fold out book of new characters and interpretations.  –...

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