Arts Council Collection, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

  • Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • University of Leeds

The Nottingham Trent University, University of Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan University Art&Design Clubs thoroughly enjoyed a collaborative sculpture Masterclass at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

All three Clubs had been on trips to Yorkshire Sculpture International’s partner galleries – Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery and The Hepworth Wakefield – and their series of visits culminated in a joint Masterclass at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, led by Natalie Walton and Beth Hughes from the Arts Council Collection, Kathryn Brame of Yorkshire Sculpture Park and artist Alice Withers.

Beth began the day by introducing the exhibition Criminal Ornamentation: Yinka Shonibare CBE curates the Arts Council Collection. Alice then led the young people in a series of activities: drawing artworks in pairs with one person’s eyes closed, creating an adornment for the future using tin foil, and making paper-cut patterns from well-known logos.

In the afternoon, Club members made rubbings of textures that they found in the park. Then, back at the learning space, they drew their designs onto hexagonal tiles, glued string on top and printed them to create patterned wallpaper. To finish off the day, they linked all their tiles together into an ornamental, honeycomb-like sheet.

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