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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


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 from the link to the left Want to run a self-led visit? Try downloading our learning packs for ideas and activities from the documents link to the left. 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.

Explore the current exhibition 'Art and Life' displaying works from Ben and Winifred Nicholson and download the resource notes from the link above to help you make the most of a visit with your class. This hugely popular exhibition is open until 12th January 2014.

Find out more about ARTiculation Prize 2013/14 by following the link above under related pages.


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.


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