Events at Longside Gallery

The Arts Council Collection is committed to increasing access to its collections through public events that are open to all. Longside Gallery hosts an eclectic series of public activities aimed at encouraging greater understanding and appreciation of works within our sculpture collection.

Please see all upcoming events at Longside Gallery below.

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In My Shoes is an Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition opening in March 2018 at Longside Gallery. Please find below a full list of public programmes related to the exhibition.



Longside Gallery
No booking required: free admission, drop-in

Tuesday 17 April, 2pm
Natalie Rudd, Senior Curator, Arts Council Collection and curator of In My Shoes.

Tuesday 15 May, 2pm
Dr Alison Rowley, Reader in Cultural Theory, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield. Rowley’s writing on contemporary art and film includes essays on Willie Doherty, Sarah Lucas and Jenny Saville. Her new book Common Gestures Class Acts: Young British Art in Retrospect will be published by I.B. Tauris in 2018.

Tuesday 5 June, 2pm
Rachel Graves, Collection Coordinator, Arts Council Collection and assistant curator of In My Shoes.

Tuesday 12 June, 2pm
Harold Offeh, Artist and Reader of Fine Art, Leeds Beckett University. Offeh works in a range of media including performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. He uses humour as a means to confront the viewer with historical narratives and contemporary culture and is interested in the space created by inhabiting or embodying history.



Upcoming Events


Drop-in workshops, Longside Gallery
Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 April, 12-4pm
No booking required: free admission
Suitable for all ages, children must be supervised

Working with the thread artist, Hayley Mills-Styles, you will use fabric to create a footprint collage that tells a story about your world and what you would like to change. This fun drop-in workshop takes inspiration from the In My Shoes exhibition and contributes to YSP’s Voice for Change event. The workshop is open to all but is especially suitable for families with children aged 5 to 11. All materials provided.


Longside Gallery
Friday 18 May, 6.30-8.30pm
Booking essential (Via Yorkshire Sculpture Park website): £6
Suitable for all ages, children must be supervised

Taking In My Shoes as your starting point, and in particular, Tracey Emin’s appliqued blanket, The Simple Truth, you will use fabric and thread to create your own self-portrait using text and pictures. You will learn the traditional craft of applique and some basic hand embroidery to help you create a self-portrait that is a little bit different! This event coincides with Museums at Night: enjoy special views of In My Shoes as dusk falls on the landscape visible from the gallery windows. All materials provided.

Arts Council Collection: Events at Longside Gallery


Drop-in workshops, Longside Gallery
Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 May, 12-4pm
No booking required: free admission, drop-in
Suitable for all ages, children must be supervised

Explore the influential young British art of the 1990s in this fun and playful drop-in workshop which investigates the ways in which you can incorporate your body and actions into works of art. Artists Natalie Bellingham and Vincent James will offer a range of activities for you to try with your family. Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. All materials provided.


Find out more about In My Shoes here.

Arts Council Collection: Events at Longside Gallery

Teachers' Study Day

Arts Council Collection: Events at Longside Gallery

Saturday 21 April 2018
9.30 – 5.00pm
Longside Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park
£8: booking essential

The Arts Council Collection and Yorkshire Sculpture Park invite teachers to join us for a special study day that will give you the opportunity to explore your dual identity as an artist and a teacher.

Chaired by Susan M Coles, Artist and Arts, Creativity and Educational Consultant, the day will offer time and space to reflect on your own practice as an artist and as a teacher. The day also offers the chance to discuss and reflect upon the challenges and benefits of juggling making and teaching practices.

Within the context of the Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition (link) In My Shoes: Art & the Self since the 1990s, you will explore a range of artistic responses to notions of self, get creative and consider how you might take these ideas back into the classroom or the studio.

In the afternoon, teachers will take part in a practical session with artist Liadin Cooke at YSP. We will be exploring how we ‘think and do’ as artists and how these ‘creative behaviours’ can be transferred to our expectations of students. How can teachers support students in learning more like artists?

Places are limited and booking is essential!

> Visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park website to book for this event.

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The Arts Council Collection is the UK's most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art.

With nearly 8,000 works by over 2,000 artists, it can be seen in exhibitions and public displays across the country and beyondThis website offers unprecedented access to the Collection, and information about each work can be found on this site.