Rycroft Youth Group at The Hepworth Wakefield, 2021.

Rycroft Youth Group

Over the summer of 2021, Yorkshire Sculpture International invited artists Julia McKinlay and Helen Thomas to lead workshops with the Rycroft Youth Group based around Wakefield’s Festival of the Earth. The group visited the partner galleries – Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield, and Yorkshire Sculpture Park – and created work in response to the sculptures they experienced.

An aerial photo of children working with clay and natural materials including pine cones.

Workshop led by Julia McKinlay at Rycroft Youth Centre.

The Rycroft group worked with the artists to create sculptures and prints which considered the human impact on the Earth. These were made into the exhibition ‘Leaf, Line, Lump’ which was displayed in The Ridings in Wakefield in September 2021 as part of the Festival of the Earth programme.

The Rycroft group taking part in a printing workshop at their leisure centre.
Rycroft Youth Group on a visit to the Barbara Hepworth exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield in summer 2021. Photo: Ronnie Danaher
The Rycroft group at the Festival of the Earth display in Wakefield, September 2021.

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