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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 YSI: Sculpting in Steel

20 Aug 2019

Explore David Smith’s pioneering sculptures by making your own metal sculptures with sculptor Gillian Brent. Investigate through drawing, experiment with unusual materials and share your...

Free

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Make Yourself at Home: Family Studio Space

20 Aug–27 Aug 2019

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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Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine

Tuesdays in School Holidays (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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Family Summer YSI Sculpture Walk

21 Jul & 21 Aug / 11.00–13.00 & 14.00–16.00

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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The ARTcart

10 & 26 Aug

Roll up, roll up, the ARTcart is popping up! 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 member of...

Free

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Hidden Forest Open Days

31 Aug 2019

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...

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Sculpture Baby: Kimsooja, To Breathe

12 Sep 2019

Bring your baby to our sensory ‘sculpture baby’ session. Experience an exclusive viewing of Kimsooja’s mesmerising installation To Breathe and be captivated by rainbows of light that...

Free

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Family Drawing in David Smith

15 Sep 2019

Drop into our light filled underground gallery for free inspiring and imaginative family drawing activities. Supported by an artist, compose, capture and stretch your thinking through drawing ideas...

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