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.
In this project Yorkshire Sculpture Park explored the potential of creative learning through sculpture to support ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learning. The gallery worked with the Community Harmony Project, an initiative that helps migrants to settle into Wakefield and become part of the local community, to develop a series of workshops for 27 women and their children who were under the age of five.
These women explored Yorkshire Sculpture International with artist Dawn Woolley and artist educator Bryony Pritchard. Participants made connections between the artworks and their lives through drawing, sculpture making and conversation.
Visits included Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Wakefield where they applied their learning and experiences, finding resonance and relevance to their world and embroidering their creative responses in fabric.
Participants also attended the Yorkshire Sculpture International Community Street Party, in central Wakefield, where they shared food and experiences with other engagement project participants from across the Yorkshire Sculpture International partnership. This culminated in a celebration event for the women and their wider families, where 53 people came to Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Dawn Woolley unveiled her large-scale photographic banners and flags which document the women’s sculptures and creative work made during the project.
Yorkshire Sculpture International has an extensive engagement programme, spanning education, community collaborations and artist support.
We explore 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 currently working with a group of 25 artists across Yorkshire as part of our 2022 Sculpture Network.
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