We have been working with five schools in Leeds and Wakefield on artist-led projects, with school and gallery visits and sculptures from our renowned art collections going into classrooms.
Since May, pupils at Crofton Academy, Wakefield, have been working with artists Rufus Newell and Zoe Spowage to explore contemporary sculpture making, creating a permanent collaborative sculpture for the school. Through the project 56 Year 9 pupils have explored and experimented with new materials such as clay and plaster and visited the four Yorkshire Sculpture International galleries.
A key part of the project was when Girl Without a Face, Version B by Kenneth Armitage was installed in the school for a day, supported by ArtUK. 170 pupils from Year 9, 10 and 11 and 27 teachers engaged in workshops based on the sculpture throughout the day.
Through a number of in-school workshops, Year 9 pupils made individual sculptures which the artists cast in silicone, to create moulds for the final outdoor sculpture which was installed as a permanent fixture in the grounds of Crofton Academy. The sculpture was revealed at a celebration event in July attended by pupils, governors, teachers and the head teacher.
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.
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