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Family Learning

‘A truly magical experience that captured the whole family's imagination’

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Our Family Learning programme is informed by an ongoing action-research project called Learning Together. We work with new and existing audiences, local families, and community partners to deliver an innovative, wide-ranging and ambitious programme.

As part of our commitment to families and organisational development we are signed up to the Family Arts Standards. These standards are designed to help families know what to expect from participating arts organisations and cover the basic considerations for visiting venues and engaging in any type of arts experience – from art to theatre, dance and beyond. 

As part of our general public offer we have embedded a range of resources in the galleries to support families in their visits and to encourage deeper engagement, understanding and appreciation for the artwork and exhibitions. These include:
– Hands-on, tactile resource baskets with activities to develop looking, thinking and making in response to individual artworks and wider themes
– Family leaflets, which can be used in the gallery and taken away as a record of the visit
– 'Talking Together' cards to encourage questioning and dialogue between families and 'Drawing Together' activities, which use drawing as a tool for observation and interpretation

‘Everything changed because of this project: how I understand my child, how my child talks to me, I feel like I’ve got to know him better before he embarks on a new part of his life’

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Facilities for Families

YSP welcomes families and aims to be as family-friendly as possible. In the open air, children are free to run around, making the most of our 500 acres of historic parkland. Facilities for families include: baby changing at YSP Centre, YSP Learning and the Bothy Gallery; highchairs in the Restaurant and Café; family-friendly food and drink; unlimited tap water; and picnic areas.

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Family Events


Family Animation Workshop

14 Oct 2017

Inspired by Julien Opie’s new work at YSP, we will work with artists to make a group animation which will be shared with you after the event.  – Suitable for ages 6+ –...


Discover Family Arts Award Club

Dates available until 21 Oct 2017

Go on an adventure in our family art club sessions, as you work together to creatively investigate works from the Arts Council Collection, YSP exhibitions, and the park. Suitable for children ages...


Shape and Colour of Light: Family Drop-in

Dates available until 25 Oct 2017

Open from 11.00–12.30 and from 13.15–16.00 at Longside Gallery Discover how artists have used light, colour and shape in the Occasional Geometries: Rana Begum Curates the Arts...


A Choir for All Ages

Dates available until 26 Oct 2017

Join our new choir for parents, carers and grandparents of babes in arms on Thursdays this autumn. We welcome anyone who enjoys a good sing-song – even if you can’t hold a tune! Bring the...


Little Explorers for Under 5s

Dates available until 26 Oct 2017

Adventure awaits in the Hidden Forest – our outdoor space for our youngest visitors. Jump, laugh, make, sing, and play together beneath the trees. Each Little Explorers session is a different...


Explore Family Arts Award Club

Dates available until 28 Oct 2017

To find out about our Arts Awards Clubs coming up in the autumn email our Exhibitions Engagement Coordinator, Becky Harlow Go on an adventure in our family art club sessions, as you work...


Museums at Night: Night-Time Tales

28 Oct 2017

Meet the sculptures at night-time, and see them in torch light. Led by Natalie Bellingham, adventure awaits as you explore the Park after hours.  – Suitable for ages 6+  – We...


Family Ceramic Day

4 Nov 2017

Take part in a walk and make session in the park collecting ideas and inspiration. In our studio explore our red earthenware clay to wrap around and shape. Embellish with texture, pattern and finish...


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