Encouraging people of all ages to engage with sculpture as learners, thinkers and makers.
Visiting with your family
We provide free activities for your family to get the most out of a visit to the Institute.
These are linked to our exhibitions and change with the themes and subjects of the sculpture on display.
They are available for you to use when you visit Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00–17:00.
Borrow one of our Explorer Bags while visiting our galleries. Use what’s inside to look, think and draw while you explore the exhibition.
The bags are filled with objects and activities for younger visitors in response our exhibition The Colour of Anxiety.
Collect a bag from the welcome desk, then return it at the end of your visit and claim your Explorer sticker!
Play with colour, texture and materials to transform sculpture.
In our exhibition The Colour of Anxiety, we see how the use of different colours and materials can change the meaning of a sculpture.
Use the resources and materials in our family area to try this out for yourself!
How does a new colour or material change the way we see a sculpture?
We run free, artist-led creative family workshops during the school holidays in Leeds.
These are intergenerational events, where children and their adults make together. We encourage creativity in all ages!
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Facilities at the Institute
Step free access
Visitors who prefer a step-free entrance can use the accessible entrance on Cookridge Street and take the lift to bring you onto the ground floor where you will find all the Galleries on the same floor.
There is a passenger lift to all other floors, measuring 100cm wide by 136cm deep, with a doorway 72cm wide.
Toilets and baby changing facilities
Toilets are located on the basement level, including baby changing facilities in the accessible and gender-neutral toilet.
Unfortunately we do not have storage facilities for luggage or pushchairs, however at less busy times it may be possible to leave them by the welcome desk while you visit – please ask a member of staff first, and remember to take any valuables with you. All items are left at the owner’s risk.
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We are keen to make it as easy as possible for you to visit with your family.