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Yorkshire Sculpture Park invites visitors to enjoy a Season of Play this summer

11 May 2018

Soak up a spectacular summer at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) and celebrate a ‘Season of Play’. Throughout the holidays, enjoy a series of playful events and activities which invite visitors to play across the 500-acre landscape.
 
Every day of the week, pick up YSP’s ‘50 Ways to Play’ guide, packed with wild and wonderful free things to do around the Park, including: pooh sticks over Cascade Bridge; ways to create your own natural sculpture from fallen leaves, twigs and feathers; and the WILD Explorer Nature Trail. Or, try out YSP’s new web app Sculpture Cam, to experience and interact with the sculptures from literally every angle!
 
Special events include Forest Fridays, a series for families inspired by mother nature with bush craft, willow-weaving and more (every Fri between 27 Jul & 24 Aug / various times / £3–£20) and Tree Tales: Nature’s Sculptural Giants (22 Aug / 11.00–12.30 & 14.40–15.30 / £3), an opportunity to enjoy a stroll amongst nature’s sculptural giants with performance storyteller Martin Maudsley.
 
On Wednesday 1 August, National Play Day, hunt down The ARTcart, which will roam the Park (11.00–16.00), for free art making, art thinking, and art playing.
 
For families with under 5s, adventure awaits in the magical Hidden Forest. Drop in to a Hidden Forest Open Day (every Sat between 28 Jul & 25 Aug / 11.00–16.00 / Free) or book a place on Little Explorers (26 Jul & 30 Aug / 10.30–12.00 & 13.00–14.30 / £3) to jump, laugh, make, sing, and explore together beneath the trees.
 
Join one of YSP’s regular events (or go to them all!) including Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine (every Tues between 24 Jul & 28 Aug, 11.00 & 13.30 / £3) to create your very own sculptures by stacking, balancing, joining and arranging; and Make Yourself at Home: Family Studio Space (Sun–Tues between 29 Jul & 4 Sep / 11.00–15.30 / free), where you can imagine, draw, construct, play and, most importantly, have fun in the free family space.
 
Play continues in the NAEA Gallery with Art, Games and Play: Don Pavey and Other Collections (until 2 Sep 2018). Visitors can discover how play has had a significant role in arts education, have a go at some of art-based games, and contribute their photos to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park Photographic Grid.
 
Elsewhere in the Park, enjoy more outstanding exhibitions with the help of free family resources in YSP’s galleries. Draw and talk together in Giuseppe Penone’s nature-inspired show A Tree in the Wood in the Underground Gallery and across the historic landscape; try out some weaving in the Chapel, alongside Chiharu Shiota’s thread installation Beyond Time; and create your own map of the Park inspired by the radical and vital work of arts and environment charity Common Ground displayed in the Bothy and Garden Galleries. In YSP Centre, enter the eccentric and fantastical world of Mister Finch’s The Wish Post to see a menagerie of life-sized fabric animals.
 
Emma Spencer, YSP’s Family Learning Coordinator, said: “Play is incredibly important for children’s growth and development, and combining play with art is a really powerful mix. YSP offers a unique opportunity for young people to be inspired by world-class art, whilst also engaging with nature. It’s a great place to play!”
 
Don’t forget to visit YSP Shop for exclusive exhibition merchandise and a distinctive selection of products from international artists, contemporary designers and talented makers. Then grab a bite to eat at YSP Restaurant with delicious locally sourced, seasonal food and stunning views of the Henry Moore bronzes in the Country Park.
 
YSP is open 7 days a week from 10.00–18.00. Admission is free, parking charges apply.

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Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo © Charlotte Graham

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Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo © Jonty Wilde

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Giuseppe Penone, Albero folgorato, 2012. Courtesy the artist. Photo © Archivio Penone

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Chiharu Shiota, Beyond Time, 2018. White thread, metal piano, musical notes. Copyright VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018 and the artist. Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo © Jonty Wilde

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Common Ground, 2018 (installation view). Courtesy the artists, Common Ground and YSP. Photo © Jonty Wilde

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Mister Finch, The Rats' Sorting Office. Courtesy the artist

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