Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents the work of Wakefield children in the Great Art Quest exhibition

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) presents the work of children, from four Wakefield schools, in the Great Art Quest exhibition.

Featured Image: Pupils from Glasshoughton Infants view their work at Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of the Great Art Quest exhibition. Photo © Jonty Wilde.

The exhibition, presented in YSP Learning until 18 April 2015, is the culmination of the children’s work as part of the Great Art Quest, created and organised by Children & the Arts.

YSP was one of four art galleries in the UK to be selected by Children & the Arts to join the Great Art Quest 2014/15, with the aim of introducing children (from age 9–11) to professional, high quality visual arts. The YSP project gave 120 participating children – from Streethouse Junior & Infant School, Glasshoughton Infant Academy, Simpson’s Lane Academy and West End Academy – the chance to discover the Park for the first time and work with storyteller Natalie Bellingham and visual artist Sally Storr to explore their imaginative and creative responses to sculpture, through storytelling and object-making.

The children were particularly inspired by Cloaked Figure IX (1978) by Lynn Chadwick, situated on Hillside, and Octopus (2011) by Marialuisa Tadei, which can be found on the Sculpture Trail.

Working with Natalie and Sally back in school, the children then explored materials and used drama and performance to develop their own ideas. Each school created unique ‘sculptural stories’ which combine a range of media, including sound recordings, poems, clay, wire and plaster, and paper.

Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive of Children & the Arts, said: “For many of the children taking part in Great Art Quest this is their first experience of seeing sculpture in a professional gallery and a truly unique setting. I can think of no better place than Yorkshire Sculpture Park for the children to physically interact with and be inspired by the wonderful sculpture on display.”

Kathryn Welford, Formal Learning Coordinator at YSP, said: “During their visits to YSP the children have produced some quite amazing artwork in response to the sculptures they saw and the related stories they created along the way. The Great Art Quest exhibition is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the children to show off their hard work to friends, family and thousands of YSP visitors!”

Great Art Quest is generously supported by GAM (UK) Ltd.

Named Art Fund Museum of the Year 2014, YSP has striven to provide ‘great art for everyone’ since it was founded in 1977. YSP’s pioneering learning programme now reaches over 48,000 people every year enabling access, understanding and enjoyment of art and landscape, while dismantling many of the barriers that often exist between the public and contemporary art.

For more information visit ysp.co.uk

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