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

Engagement Programme

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

We explored 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.


In 2019 we worked 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 enabled 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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image of a teacher at a CPD event


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

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image of Holly Hendry's sculpture talk


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

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Artists in Yorkshire

Our Associate Artists programme gave five artists in Yorkshire a bursary and support with their professional development, inviting visiting artists to work with them and mentoring from our 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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A group of five women stand in front of a colourful wall painting

In your hands

Materials and making as vehicles for engagement
A Corridor8 / Yorkshire Sculpture International co-produced publication

We have partnered with Corridor8 to produce ‘In Your Hands’, a new digital publication focussing on the festival’s engagement programme. With contributions from our Engagement Curator Meghan Goodeve, Corridor8’s Managing Editor Lara Eggleton and writer and artist Jennifer Boyd.

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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 Ella Cronk, Engagement Curator on

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