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 Schools and Groups at Leeds Art Gallery

What does a colour taste like? What conversation is going on there? Can anyone be an artist?

When Leeds Art Gallery opened, the people of Leeds made a brave decision: the city would only collect contemporary art. Now, it’s just that the ‘new’ art grew old.

“I learnt a picture tells a story if you look closely”, KS2 pupil

Arts Award Explore for SEND learners at Leeds Art Gallery
Try out the innovative multisensory ideas in our exciting Leeds Art Gallery ‘Explore’ book. It will guide you through Arts Award, show you different ways to experience the Gallery, encourage you and your students to explore the building and its artworks from different perspectives. Come along - feel inspired, discover, explore, create! The visits are suitable for all SEN(D) needs and learning styles, for many different groups and individuals within all key stages. For linked workshop dates and further support, contact the Learning and Access Officer.


At Leeds Art Gallery, we have 2-4 hour, curriculum-based workshops for primary and secondary schools focussing on creative experimentation, ‘reading’ art, and artistic skills development - explore the workshops on offer. We also work closely with under fives groups, adults and groups with special educational needs. Just let us know if your group may need more support and we’ll tailor your visit to suit.

Want to work with an artist? Then call in the Art Team! Using collection artworks, and those from our seasonally changing exhibition programme, we try to have free artist-led schools workshops at least twice a year. But, art doesn’t just have to be in a Gallery! Our Art Team has 17 local, practising artists who work in a variety of disciplines with different audiences across many settings and can link to the Arts Award. Just ask us for details.


We currently have two creative spaces for use by groups: the studio (upstairs) and Artspace (level access). Both also act as lunch spaces for groups booked into workshops. For workshops, we provide all materials and try to use things that people don’t have at home, or looking at things in different light (have you ever painted with jelly?) We would recommend you come and meet us for a pre-visit where we can tailor workshops and resources to suit your group and complete your risk assessment.

Planning a visit

​To talk through your visit please contact us directly on 0113 247 8256 or email city.art.gallery@leeds.gov.uk​.​x

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