Yorkshire Sculpture International (2019)

In 2019 I took on the Volunteer Coordinator position at Yorkshire Sculpture International who has now raised more than £1 million, including a National Lottery funded Ambition for Excellence grant from Arts Council England and regional investment from Leeds 2023, Wakefield Council, Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds.

Yorkshire Sculpture International is produced by a unique consortium comprising the Henry Moore Institute, The Hepworth Wakefield, Leeds Art Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The consortium will be hosting a series of events as part of a large scale sculpture festival will feature work by international artists across the four venues, as well as major new outdoor sculpture commissions across public spaces in Leeds and Wakefield, inviting visitors to interact with art in unexpected places in the cities. 

Leeds Art Gallery (2018 - 2019)

Leeds Art Gallery’s Learning and Access Officer, Amanda Phillips is responsible for the gallery’s learning programme for visiting families and schools, which also includes CPD training and Arts Mark support. She is an area representative for Engage and the North East Arts Award Bridge organisation IVE. Once a week at the gallery I support Amanda to further my understanding of a city gallery’s approach to devising intergenerational learning opportunities and engaging families through creative interpretation and play.

I have taken responsibility, with support from Amanda of the gallery’s learning studio called Artspace. The Artspace responds to the gallery’s collections and visiting exhibitions whilst furthering understanding through play and exploration. Scheduled September ’18 – January ‘19, the Artspace explores the theme “Art is Useful…”, where I have put together and installed 7 intergenerational drop-in activities, inspired by the Arts for Health and Wellbeing Inquiry report touching upon themes of Art as Therapy, Art Education in schools with a core focus on the galleries collections and visiting exhibitions. In late 2018 I produced a Leonardo Da Vinci Teacher Learning Resource with activities and provocations. The resource can be found through MyLearning.

Cell Block, Richmond Castle (2018)

At Richmond Castle, Rural Arts delivered a series of community art sessions which empowered individuals, groups and whole communities in Richmond and Thirsk to explore, interpret and debate the unique historical record of pencil drawings, political slogans, portraits of loved ones, hymns and poetry contained within the Castles’ Cell Block lime washed walls.

The 19th Century Cell Block has several thousands inscriptions dating from between 1913 and the 1970’s. During WW1 men who were known as the ‘Richmond Sixteen” were conscientious objectors, including Quakers and Methodists, produced the never-before-seen graffiti. The project developed an artistic approach to the graffiti whilst facilitating public discussion about the historical records legacy. The outcome of the project was a series of family workshops hosted at Richmond Castle and 16 large scale paper cut lanterns, which were displayed at the castle during Resonate.

Resonate, was a family event hosted by Richmond Castle in November 2018 celebrating the success of the Cell Block Project. People were invited to learn more about the castle’s graffiti, see the Castle illuminated and enjoy special performances by the Georgian Youth Theatre and other live musicians. My role in the project involved recruiting participants, delivering paper cutting workshops and sending out community evaluation.