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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park seeks to provide a centre of international, national and regional importance for the production, exhibition and appreciation of modern and contemporary sculpture. Many inspirational elements combine here to create a unique and exceptional balance of art, heritage, learning, space and landscape. The organisation has grown over the last 35 years: from humble beginnings with £1,000 to fund a small exhibition of 31 sculptures, to now contribute £5 million to the local economy and is responsible for five indoor galleries set in 500 acres of the 18th century-designed Bretton Estate, reunited in recent years under YSP’s stewardship. Within a national and European context YSP is unique, offering artists and visitors experiences and opportunities unlike anywhere else. ‘Great art for everyone’ has been YSP’s goal since opening to the public in 1977, enabling access, understanding and enjoyment of art and landscape for everyone.

19 December 2014
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Wakefield and Five Towns Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Yorkshire Sculpture Park as a preferred partner with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been developing and running series of visual arts workshops in community units for the elderly and delivering tours and workshops at YSP for people with dementia, their families and carers.

Through creating a safe and friendly space, and utilising the skills of experienced artist/educators, we offer opportunities for participants to engage in a varied range of creative sculptural and 2-D art forms which relate to the art and landscape of YSP, and also to the interests and responses of the participants.           

We hope to overcome these challenges by:

Developing a more high quality and interesting range of workshops, tours and other opportunities for people with dementia, their families and carers.                                                                                   

Offering training to YSP staff in best practice for helping individuals with dementia, their families and carers, so that they get the best out of their visit to YSP.         

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Resources – ensuring safe spaces are available at the times when groups or individuals who request them.

Money – an implication as we bring in freelance artist/educators to develop and deliver workshops and tours alongside core members of the YSP Learning team.

Funding for projects to either bring groups to YSP, or to place an artist/educator in a community unit.

People – training for YSP staff, be they core members, ‘front-of-house’ staff or freelance artist/educators to best practice when working with people with dementia.

Time - the giving of time to people with dementia for them to decide for themselves what, or where they would like to do on a visit to YSP.

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2. Actions

  • To improve our understanding of Dementia.

    We will update training for the artist/educators and YSP Learning team to ensure that we all have a greater understanding of Dementia and how we can help.

  • To provide bespoke activities for people with Dementia and their carers.

    Consult individuals with Dementia and carers to find out what they want and require to make their visit to YSP a positive experience.