Art, Games and Play: Don Pavey and other Collections

24 Mar 2018 – 2 Sep 2018

Regular hours

10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

Free - visitors only pay for parking

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Wakefield, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • For West Yorkshire timetables call 0113 245 7676, for South Yorkshire timetables call 01709 515151 alternatively, visit www.wymetro.com
  • Wakefield Westgate is the nearest main line station, around 7 miles from YSP. A taxi from the station costs approx £10. London King's Cross to Wakefield takes around 2 hours.
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Calling upon a range of visual materials and other items held in the National Arts Exhibition Archive (NAEA), this exhibition celebrates the close relationship between art, games and play.


It references artist Don Pavey’s extensive collection of toys and games, as well as the work of influential educators for whom the evolution of understanding in children and adults has been a central concern.

This core connection between art, games and play will be evidenced through children’s pictures, book displays, artefacts, toys, puzzles and illustrations selected from the rich resources of NAEA. These elements provide a context for the exploration of ideas in the world of games and play, with the intention of provoking questions about these realms of activity and the place they hold in shaping perception and knowledge.

The exhibition displays diverse investigations, presentations and celebrations of games and play as fundamental human behaviours. The art that has been generated as a consequence provides a fascinating insight into these aspects of human activity and their ongoing influences.

Children, students, teachers, researchers and others will find something here that will trigger a memory, pose a question, inspire activity or provide a basis for further research into this engaging area.

Accompanying the exhibition, Yorkshire Sculpture Park Photographic Grid is a new interactive and experimental project by photographer Dave Allen. Created using photographic contributions from visitors, the resulting map of YSP will be on display for the duration of the exhibition and will become a distinctive collection within the NAEA once the exhibition closes.

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