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BABA Annual Conference - 'Festival of Sculpture' - and AGM


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BABA Annual Conference - 'Festival of Sculpture' - and AGM

  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park - Longside Gallery West Bretton, Wakefield WF4 4JX Yorkshire England (map)

BABA  Annual Conference - ‘Festival of Sculpture’ - Friday 7 to Sunday 9 August 2015, at Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4JX. BABA AGM at 1.30pm on Sunday 9th August at the same venue.

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Registration for booked delegates will open at 12 noon on Friday 7 August at Longside Gallery; when you register you will be able to sign up to take part in the ‘collaborative pairs’ project that we have organised specially for this year’s event


Dr. Helen Pheby, Senior Curator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, will be giving a talk on the new Anthony Caro exhibition at 4pm on Friday at Longside Gallery (not one to miss - see Yorkshire Sculpture Park's website for details of this and other upcoming events:


We will be running a series of 8 lectures during the event which will include a talk from the team organising the 2016 event at Ypres, a drawing lecture by Peter Parkinson, and a drawing workshop by Kate Maddison.


These will be free to delegates, but charged to any attending public.


There will also be a Drawing Contest, see below for details.


Forging and other craft demonstrations will run throughout the weekend, the main focus being on blacksmith delegates working in pairs with craftspeople in other materials to produce sculptures on the theme of ‘Collaboration’.


Other craftspeople will be demonstrating what they do in a contemporary setting, and joining us all for a BBQ and beer on the Saturday night.

This will be a perfect opportunity to network and socialise with other contemporary craftspeople, make friends and contacts; and share skills and ideas.


The BABA Annual General Meeting itself will take place after lunch on Sunday 9 August at 1.30pm, and of course will be accessible without charge to all BABA  members, whether attending the Conference or not.


We are running this as a break-even event and so please find your own accommodation - the following is available nearby:

Camping is available on an adjacent field at £10 per pitch per night (vans allowed). You can book camping when you book your tickets. – search for Travelodge Wakefield Woolley Edge M1, they have a northbound and southbound site within 2 miles of the site.

Tel: 08719846179

Nearby towns: Wakefield, Huddersfield, Barnsley, Leeds and Sheffield are within 40 - 60 minutes by car.

The No.96 bus goes direct to YSP from Barnsley and Wakefield – for times.


The nearest railway station is Darton, about 3 miles away.  Main line stations at Barnsley, Wakefield and Dewsbury.


YSP's “Find us” page provides more information:


Parking will be available free of charge for delegates at Bretton Country Park, and the YSP shuttle bus will run between the main YSP site and the BABA Conference site at Longside Gallery every half an hour via Bretton Country Park, between 10am and 5 pm.

Ticket prices:


Member price: £90


Spouses and children over 12: £20


Children (under 12): free


Student Member Price: £70


Non-Members: £125


Ticket includes:


Ticket price includes all activities over the weekend (Demo's, Lectures, etc.) and BBQ on Saturday evening.


Full catering is an additional ‘optional extra’ charge of £54 for the weekend, providing the following meals: Friday evening, Saturday breakfast and lunch, Sunday breakfast and lunch.

If you have any queries, please contact the conference organisers at