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 Learning at Leeds Art Gallery

Click to expandWork with local artists

​Want to work with an artist? Then call in the ARTeam!

Art doesn’t just have to be in a Gallery! Our ARTeam includes 17 local, practising artists who work in a variety of disciplines with different audiences across many settings. They can link to the Arts Award.

Download our PDF below or contact the Learning and Access Officer for more information.

Download information about the ARTeam (PDF)

Click to expandArts Award Explore for SEND learners

We can book in-gallery workshops from 2017 onwards or discuss 2016 outreach options. Please contact the Learning and Access Officer for further details.

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.

Click to expandWorkshops for Schools and Groups

We can book in-gallery workshops from 2017 onwards or discuss 2016 outreach options. Please contact the Learning and Access Officer for further details.

Schools Workshops:

At Leeds Art Gallery, we have 2-4 hour, curriculum-based workshops for primary and secondary schools focusing 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.

Group Workshops:

Leeds Art Gallery has 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.

We provide all workshop 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 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.

Click to expandContact the Learning and Access Officer

​Please contact Amanda Phillips, Learning and Access Officer at Leeds Art Gallery, for more information.

By telephone: 0113 378 8880

By email: Amanda1.Phillips@leeds.gov.uk

Click to expandFree resources

​Download a selection of free resources created by our Learning and Access officer.


  • Go Find Art - guide for young people and carers visiting the gallery (Download PDF)


Our innovative learning activities will continue through a programme of outreach activities, while Leeds Art Gallery is closed for roof repairs

For all learning enquiries, please get in touch with our Learning and Access Officer (see the 'Contact' tab above).


Work with practising artists

What kind of themes do our workshops and learning activities explore?

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.

We pose questions such as: What does a colour taste like? What conversation is going on there? Can anyone be an artist?

The Take One Picture Project

Artworks and objects from Leeds Art Gallery were used as inspirations for Key Stage 2 pupils to create their own largescale works, which were later exhibited.

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

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