A key focus of our learning programme is the development of art as part of formal school education, and so we regularly host trips for schools.

We offer a wide range of activities to support teaching art in primary school and welcome visits from secondary school groups.

Our activities and resources combine understanding and making skills to and support learning across the curriculum. Sessions can take place here at The Harley, and we can also provide resources and support for students to learn at school.

Trips for schools

If you are looking for ideas for trips for schools, we offer a range of options to inspire your students.

A visit might include a contemporary art exhibition at The Harley Gallery or the chance to study The Portland Collection of historic art, a making activity or the chance to meet a professional artist.

Our bookable sessions will resume in September 2021. For updates please email dgreen@harleygallery.co.uk to join the mailing list.

  • Self-guided visits

Primary education groups are very welcome to visit for self-guided sessions. Worksheets for self-guided sessions can be downloaded here.

  • Exhibition workshops

For each exhibition at The Harley Gallery, we provide a limited number of free exhibition workshops for primary age groups. Children spend time looking at the exhibition using guided activities, and then take part in a hands-on making activity.

These half-day workshops aim to develop visual awareness, critical thinking and hand skills. We have limited places so suggest that you book quickly.

  • Tailor-made trips

We can develop a visit especially for your group, whether primary, secondary HE or FE level. This could include exhibition tours, workshops, sessions with our Studio Artists or a focus on a particular artwork.

Contact us by emailing dgreen@harleygallery.co.uk to discuss your requirements.

Please note, during busy periods we may not be able to accommodate tailor-made trip requests. We regret that we cannot offer tailor-made trips for free. Charges vary and are dependent on your requirements.

Art projects for schools

We can also bring our learning programme to your school.

All of these options are available as in-school activities. Please contact us by emailing dgreen@harleygallery.co.uk if you would like any self-directed materials, or to discuss our team delivering a workshop in your classroom.

Our learning team also provide special outreach projects in school, subject to funding. Recent examples include workshops for looked after children, and a long-term learning and development project for teachers.

Please join our mailing to keep up to date with our learning programme.


Q. How many children can take part?

A. We can accommodate groups of up to 30 students, and can only take one group at any time.

Q. How many adults should we bring along?

A. We ask for at least two adults per school group, and the more adults that you can bring, the better. Children must be supervised by the adults attending at all times, and are responsible for the children’s behaviour and discipline. We encourage adults to join in with the activities and model positive behaviour so that the children feel supported.

Q. Do you send a risk assessment?

A. Risk assessments are provided in your welcome pack.

Q. Do you have a play area?

A. No, we do not have a play area. The nearest play area is at Creswell Crags.

Q. Do we need to bring aprons?

A. Yes, you will need to bring aprons if they are required for the session.

Q. Where can we have lunch?

A. Workshop attendees can use the Harley Education Room at lunch – for packed lunches only. Hot and cold food is available at The Harley Cafe and Welbeck Farm Shop, and there is a spacious courtyard for picnics.

Q. Is there somewhere safe to store our bags?

A. Lockers are available in The Portland Collection.

Q. Do you have coach parking?

A. We have a large, free car park with ample coach parking.


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