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Girl Without a Face, Version B by Kenneth Armitage installed in Crofton Academy for a day, supported by ArtUK as part of Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019. Photography Nick Singleton

Engagement Project: Crofton Academy, Rufus Newell & Zoe Spowage

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.

Pupils from Crofton Academy sketching Girl Without a Face, Version B by Kenneth Armitage when it was installed in the school for a day, supported by ArtUK as part of Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019. Photography Nick Singleton

Sculpture making workshop with Rufus Newall and Zoe Spowage and Crofton Academy as part of Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019. Photography by Nick Singelton

Sculpture exhibition as a result of workshops with Rufus Newall and Zoe Spowage and Crofton Academy as part of Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019. Photography by Rufus Newall and Zoe Spowage

ZOFUS 2019, Sculpture by Zoe Spowage, Rufus Newell & Crofton Academy Students, as part of Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019. Image: Hannah Vallis

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.

About Rufus Newell & Zoe Spowage

Our 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.

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