Spark Project

YSP invites Bradford and Wakefield schools to take part in Spark 2016/17. Download an application form from the download section below. Application deadline is 20 June 2016.

Spark offers a free, three-day introduction to Sculpture and the Environment led by a practicing artist, which provides young people opportunities to immerse themselves in the sculpture and landscape at YSP. Spark targets schools in economically and socially deprived areas who do not have a history of working with or visiting YSP. The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation have generously funded Spark since 2011.


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Spark is free to participating schools – worth approximately £1,000 per school, including £100 towards travel costs. The project works with children of all ages in primary and secondary schools, including young people with emotional and learning disabilities. Key features are:
  • One half-day teacher INSET (provisional date 5 October 2016)
  • Two full-day workshops at YSP, which includes a morning exploring sculpture in the landscape and an afternoon of sculpture making
  • One-day workshop at your school creating sculpture
  • One after-school session for teachers at YSP, celebrating project outcomes and sharing ideas together (date TBC in April 2017)
  • The project is for one class who take part in the project on all three days
  • Each school has tailor-made activities exploring cross-curricular learning, critical analysis, experiential learning and learning outside the classroom
  • Learning outcomes for the project include: problem solving, teamwork, communication, personal reflection and developing own visual language
  • The project develops literacy skills through encouraging critical and expressive use of language in response to their observations.
  • The practical artistic skills developed include drawing, creating three-dimensional form and understanding materials and creative processes 

To take part in Spark your school must meet one of the following criteria:
  • No previous artist led workshops and projects with YSP
  • High percentage of children eligible for free school meals
  • High percentage of children with SEN
  • High percentage of children with English as a second language
  • High levels of rural / urban deprivation

To apply to take part, please download an application form and information pack.
Please return completed applications to

Deadline for applications: Monday 20 June 2016.
Places are limited. All 2016/17 workshop dates will be booked by the end of summer term 2016.

For further information please contact:
Bryony Pritchard, Spark Co-ordinator 
+44 (0)1924 832528


Read about Spark project with Field Lane Primary School

"I knew my class would benefit from the sheer experience of doing something that most of them may never do in their lives, but the reflective thoughtful quality of the work and language generated was at times overwhelming and highly emotional."
“The pupils grew in confidence and were spontaneous and utterly enthralled by the whole experience. The sculptures and their stories drew them into allowing them to think creatively and imaginatively. They were able to take risks.”
“This is one of the best arts based educational experiences that I have ever participated in. The combination of the YSP offer and the excellent way the activities were led by Bryony was a tremendous combination – truly inspirational for pupils and staff. “
“I have learnt art is about individuality and being able to express how I feel, because differences are not weaknesses.”

As part of Spark, a teaching resource Exploring Sculpture and Environment has been produced, celebrating and sharing the learning that took place in the first two years. The resource offers lots of activities that teachers have enjoyed and used.