The Hepworth Wakefield, 2018. Image by Nick Singleton. Copyright The Hepworth Wakefield.

Engagement Programme

Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019 has an extensive engagement programme, working with schools, universities, communities and artists.

We are exploring sculpture with people of all ages, connecting them with the materials and processes used in making sculpture today and showing how sculpture can be found all around us.


We are working with five schools in Leeds and Wakefield on artist-led projects with sculptures from our renowned art collections going into classrooms.

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Our partnership with the Freelands Foundation is enabling ten teachers working in Yorkshire to take part in a Continuing Professional Development Programme to upskill their teaching and artistic practice, exploring how sculpture can be used in the classroom and creating a lasting legacy of a sculptural curriculum.

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Our partners Leeds Beckett University and University of Leeds are working with us to explore sculpture in all its forms.

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Through our community engagement programme we are working closely with refugees and migrants across Leeds and Wakefield, creating opportunities for all four venues to welcome new and diverse audiences.

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Artists in Yorkshire

Our Associate Artists programme is giving five artists in Yorkshire a bursary and support with their professional development, inviting visiting artists to work with them and mentoring from YSI partner galleries.

Eleven artists have been commissioned to work on the engagement programme, exploring new ways to make work with people in Leeds and Wakefield.

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Sculpture Talks

In the run up to Yorkshire Sculpture International, in partnership with Leeds Beckett University, we have been running a series of talks with a number of artists exploring sculptural practice today, celebrating the Year of Sculpture.



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Sculpture in the Round

We’ve teamed up with University of Leeds to bring you a series of public discussion events throughout the festival.

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The engagement programme is made possible through partnerships with ArtUK, Ernest Cook Trust, Freelands Foundation, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City College, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, University of Leeds and Wakefield College.

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To find out more about the engagement programme, please contact Meghan Goodeve, Engagement Curator or Joseph Legg, Engagement Programme Assistant on

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