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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

Free

Event

Family Drawing in Paradise

22 Feb 2020

Join us for some imaginative drawing activities in our beautiful chapel. Take inspiration from Saad Qureshi intriguing installation Something About Paradise. Supported by an artist compose, capture...

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Playful Sculpture Walk: February

22 Feb 2020

Wrap up warm and get your family outside this Winter. Let our artist take you on a playful and interactive walk to wake up minds and make discoveries. Why not drop into our free family drawing event...

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Tales from the Gallery: Storytelling for Under 5s

1 Mar 2020

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

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Sculpture Baby: Joana Vasconcelos

12 Mar 2020

Share creative time with your baby at this sensory session and be captivated by the colourful sculptures, patterns and shapes in the vibrant Joana Vasconcelos exhibition. Enjoy a short walk and talk...

Free

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Family Drawing - Joana Vasconcelos

21 Mar 2020

Take part in imaginative making and drawing activities at this drop-in session. Be inspired by the vibrant and colourful sculptures of Joana Vasconcelos, capture and stretch your thinking...

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Little Explorers for Under 5s

26 Mar 2020

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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Family Creative Lab

5 Apr–7 Apr 2020

Bring the whole family to make, draw, play and imagine together in our lab of imagination and ideas. Drop-in to the Bothy Gallery to enjoy tinkering with materials and experimenting with drawing. All...

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Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine

7 Apr–26 May 2020

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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