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National Arts Education Archive

The National Arts Education Archive was established in 1985 to provide a documentary trace of the development of arts education in the UK and worldwide, by collecting children’s and students' work and the papers, letters and work of key educators and artists in the visual arts, music and language. YSP has managed the Archive since 2009.

This material, comprising more than 100 catalogued collections, is based in the purpose-built Lawrence Batley Centre at YSP and is available to researchers, lecturers and the general public by appointment. The NAEA is open by appointment Monday and Tuesday each week.

‘To look through the material and understand the competing initiatives and investigations by artists and teachers in that period is to recharge one’s batteries’

Bob and Roberta Smith

More from the National Arts Education Archive

Exhibition

Art, Games and Play: Don Pavey and other Collections

24 Mar–2 Sep 2018

Calling upon a range of visual materials and other items held in the National Arts Exhibition Archive (NAEA), this exhibition celebrates the close relationship between art, games and play. 

Exhibition

Eileen Adams: Agent of Change

26 Sep–15 Dec 2015

Agent of Change showed how revolutionary initiatives have prompted change in art, design and environmental education.

Exhibition

Herbert Read & Alec Clegg: A Revolution Realised

31 Jan–29 Mar 2015

This exhibition offered an insight into the life, ideas and work of two of the most influential educators of the 20th century. The photographs, paintings and publications gave evidence of the impact...

Exhibition

Marking Time: A Century of Drawing in Art Education

15 Sep–20 Oct 2012

This exhibition, at Batley Art Gallery, presented work drawn from the collections of the National Arts Education Archive, based at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, reflecting the nature of teaching and...

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