Bob and Roberta Smith: Art for All

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

5 September 2015 – 3 January 2016

The artist delves into the National Arts Education Archive – which is based at Yorkshire Sculpture Park – to explore the way art has been taught in schools over the past 100 years.

Bob and Roberta Smith, Art Makes Children Powerful, 2013

A long-term campaigner for access to art education, Bob and Roberta Smith recently stood against Michael Gove MP in the 2015 General Election in an attempt to move the issue to the centre of the political conversation. For this display, he brings together a series of key artefacts that document how the curriculum has changed between 1914 and the present day.

The archival material is joined by the artist's own hand-painted protest posters and a series of sculptures he created to depict figures central to the story: Joshua Reynolds, Marian Richardson, Tom Hudson, A.E. Halliwell and Lesley Butterworth.

The artist hopes this exhibition will prompt us to consider what the curriculum should like in the 21st century. Visitors are invited to respond to this question after viewing the display, while further works produced in public workshops also feature.

Venue information

Opening times


Daily, 10am – 6pm


Daily, 10am – 5pm

Closed 24 – 25 Dec

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