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 fclapperton@harleygallery.co.uk to join the schools 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 fclapperton@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 fclapperton@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.

More information

Please check our frequently asked questions page or contact fclapperton@harleygallery.co.uk.


Kids in museums logo