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New Roots community group in Leeds working with artist RL Wilson for Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019. Photography Nick Singleton

New Roots & RL Wilson

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.

This project saw Leeds Art Gallery collaborate with New Roots, a group that offers a holistic approach to supporting refugees with integration across Leeds and West Yorkshire through well-being activities. The group, alongside gallery staff and artist RL Wilson, took sound as its core concept.

RL Wilson workshops with New Roots at Leeds Art Gallery, YSI 2019. Photo: Nick Singleton

New Roots community group in Leeds trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park for Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019. Photography Nick Singleton

New Roots community group in Leeds trip to The Hepworth Wakefield for Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019. Photography Nick Singleton

Supporting the idea that ‘anything can be sculptural’, a provocation set by Phyllida Barlow for Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019, the group walked through the city, collecting sounds and imagery, creating a library of sculptural encounters and discovering new and surprising experiences in the city.

The project has brought together art-making and conviviality, developed through a series of creative social experiences in Leeds Art Gallery’s Artspace. Through this, the group worked with RL Wilson to develop ideas for a sound installation, gaining in confidence and enjoying the gallery as a friendly and welcoming environment.

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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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