Museums and Galleries by Region

We encourage students to choose a work of art, architecture or artefact which they have viewed first hand. We have worked with our museum and gallery partners to compile a list of recommended art organisations which could be visited whilst considering a subject for ARTiculation presentations.

Museums and galleries are listed here by region. We recommend contacting the gallery ahead of your visit. This list is not exhaustive, if you are a gallery and would like to be added, please contact us.

West Midlands: Birmingham

South West: Bristol and Bath

South East: Folkestone and Kent

Yorkshire: Leeds

Central Southern: London

North West: Manchester

Northern England: Gateshead and Newcastle

East Anglia: Cambridge & Norwich


South West: Salisbury


For current art exhibitions and events across the UK, visit our useful links page here


West Midlands: Birmingham



Ikon is an internationally acclaimed art museum situated in central Birmingham. Housed in a magnificent neo-gothic school building, it is an educational charity and works to encourage public engagement with contemporary art through exhibiting new work in a context of debate and participation.

Free Entry

Contact:  E: ; T: +44 (0)121 248 0708;


Barber Institute of Fine Artsbarber-header1

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is an art gallery and concert hall located on the leafy campus of the University of Birmingham.  Housed in a Grade II Art Deco building, The Barber holds one of the most outstanding and internationally significant collections of art assembled in the 20th century with works by artists such as Botticelli, Turner, Monet, Renoir, Gainsborough, Van Gogh.  The collection is housed in four permanent galleries and in addition, a temporary exhibition programme runs throughout the year.

Free Entry

Contact: Jen Ridding, Learning and Access Officer; T: +44 (0)121 414 7333; E:


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Compton Verney is an award winning art gallery situated in the heart of Warwickshire. It hosts six permanent collections Naples, Northern European, British portraits, Chinese, Folk Art and Marx-Lambert and around three changing exhibition a year ranging from Canaletto, Picasso, Turner and Constable to Flight and the Artistic imagination. It is situated in 120 acre of parkland designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and home to a Georgian mansion.

Admission: Collection and Grounds: Adult £9.50, Children (0-15yrs) £3; Day ticket (includes exhibition): Adult £15 Children £3; School trips £6 per students and accompanying adults are free

Contact: Joanna Essen, Learning Programmer; T: +44 (0)1926 645 560; E:


Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, CoventryHerbert Gallery

Located in the cultural heart of Coventry city centre, next to the historic Cathedral, the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is the perfect place to visit to learn more about the history of Coventry and immerse yourself in some art and culture.

There are eight multi-sensory and interactive galleries displaying the permanent collections, and four temporary galleries which show art exhibitions from prestigious national museums and galleries such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, and the Natural History Museum.

Free Entry – School Sessions cost £3 per student

Contact: The Learning Team, T: +44 (0) 247 623 7523, E:


The New Art Gallery Walsall, WalsallThe New Art gallery Walsall

The New Art Gallery Walsall presents, collects and interprets historic, modern and contemporary art in innovative and challenging ways. We aim to increase the understanding and enjoyment of arts and culture through our dynamic exhibition, education and event programme.

Free Entry

Contact: Catherine James, T: +44(0)1922 654411, E:


Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, CoventryThe Mead Gallery

The Mead Gallery is one of the largest and most beautiful purpose-built contemporary art galleries in the UK and presents a highly regarded programme of international contemporary art. Please note, The Mead Gallery operates within an academic calendar and presents exhibitions during term-time only

Free Entry

Contact: Sadie Newman, Education Administrator;


South West: Bristol & Bath



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Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design, offering a year-round programme of public exhibitions, talks and activities. It is home to a public gallery, over 70 artists in low-cost studios, over 35 creative businesses, shared space used by over 90 members of the Spike Associates network, students and staff from the University of the West of England Fine Art BA programmes, and a lovely organic café

Free Entry

Contact: E:; T: +44 (0)117 929 2266



In a fantastic waterside location at the heart of Bristol’s harbourside, Arnolfini is one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts, presenting innovative, experimental work in the visual arts, performance, dance, film, music and events, accompanied by a programme of learning and participation activities. Five exhibition spaces, a theatre/cinema auditorium, Reading Room and Light/Dark Studios are housed in the Grade II listed, fully accessible building.

Free Entry

Contact: Ben Thomas, Assistant Curator of Learning; E:; T: +44 (0)117 917 2314


Royal West of England AcademyRoyal_West_of_England_Academy

The RWA offers a diverse exhibitions, events and education programme aimed at encouraging the enjoyment and understanding of art for the widest possible audience. A registered charity with a beautiful Grade II* listed building, unique gallery spaces and an eclectic permanent fine art collection, the RWA has been a centre for the exhibition, creation and appreciation of fine art for over 150 years. The artistic programme includes high profile exhibitions of historical and contemporary British artists, displays of work by Academicians past and present, annual open exhibitions, and creative community projects with a wide range of local organisations.

Admission: Free for Under 16s and Bristol students, Standard Admission: £6.95/£4.95 conc (including gift aid donation)

Contact: Joel Edwards, Learning and Participation Manager; E:; T: +44(0)117 973 5129


Bristol Museum & Art Galley
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Discover Bristol’s world-class collections, from dinosaurs and gems to magnificent fine art and Egyptian artefacts. 20 galleries tell the story of our world in every display from the beginning of time to the present day. Explore Natural History, ancient civilisations, archaeology, modern art and much more. Designated collections: geology, Eastern art, Bristol history including English delftware.

Free Entry – All groups must book in advance

Contact: E: T: +44 (0)117 922 3567


M ShedMshed

Housed within a 1950s dockside transit shed, M Shed is an exciting and innovative new museum for Bristol telling the story of the city through the stories of people who helped shape it. Rich collections of objects, art and archives bring these stories to life in three galleries: Bristol Places, Bristol People and Bristol Life. Ride M Shed’s largest exhibits – the cranes, train and boats. There is also a temporary gallery displaying changing exhibitions throughout the year.

Free Entry – All groups must book in advance

Contact: E:, T: +44 (0)117 922 3567


Blaise Castle House Museumblaise-castle-house-museum

Blaise Castle House Museum is situated in 500 acres of beautiful parkland on the Blaise Estate, Bristol. The museum is housed in a late 18th century, Grade II listed mansion, and contains most of Bristol Museums’ social history collections including costumes, toys and household items.

Free Entry – All groups must book in advance

Contact: E:, T:  +44 (0)117 922 3567


The Red Lodge Museumred-lodge-museum-1-victoria-square-hotel

This period house museum is often described as Bristol’s ‘hidden treasure’ with its magnificent Tudor decor. The Great Oak Room retains its original plasterwork ceiling, oak panelling, internal porch and carved stone chimneypiece. The house was altered in the early 18th century and the remaining rooms are furnished in Stuart and Georgian styles. From its Tudor origins to its role as a Victorian girl’s reform school there are many stories to be told. Don’t miss the beautiful knot garden.

Free Entry – All groups must book in advance

Contact: E:, T: +44 (0)117 922 3567

The Georgian House MuseumThe Georgian House bristol

A period house museum, originally built c1790 for a wealthy sugar merchant and now furnished and displayed as a typical late 18th-century town house. Includes a drawing room, eating room, study, kitchen, laundry and housekeeper’s room. Small display on slavery and sugar plantations.

Free Entry – All groups must book in advance

Contact: E:, T:  +44 (0)117 922 3567


Antlers Gallery, Bath & BristolAntlers-Gallery-at-Purifier-House-800x450

Antlers is a gallery, nomadic by design. Based in Bristol, we produce temporary exhibitions in varying locations, with our only permanent base being online. We represent a select group of contemporary artists through exhibitions, art fairs, consultancy and private sales. Antlers is committed to showcasing a burgeoning scene of artists who explore themes such as narrative, space and the natural world through compelling and impeccably executed work.

Contact: Jack Gibbon, Director; E:; T: +44 (0)7780 503 180


Victoria Art Gallery, BathExterior-of-the-Victoria-Art-Gallery cropped

View for free the most diverse art collection in Bath in our beautiful upstairs gallery, hung with many ‘new’ works and old favourites, from Gainsborough and Sickert to Klee and Hodgkin.  Discover people who did amazing things, such as William Harbutt inventor of plasticine and JC Horsley designer of the first Christmas card.  Explore our decorative arts gallery with its stunning ceramics and glass.  Experience a varied programme of changing exhibitions in in our ground floor exhibition space.

Free Entry
Large exhibitions £3.50 / concessions; annual season ticket £10.00, Free entry for school groups

Contact: Lindsey Braidley, E:, T: +44 (0)1225 477233


The Holburne Museum, BathThe Holburn Museum

The Holburne Museum houses a collection of fine and decorative art within an 18th century building with an award-winning ceramic and glass extension. At the Museum’s heart is the collection of Sir William Holburne, who, in the mid-19th century, assembled an outstanding collection of paintings, silver, ceramics and other objects that suited his taste and enthusiasms. The collection has grown significantly and the Museum is renowned for its 18th century portraits by artists such as Gainsborough and Ramsay. The Holburne also has an exciting exhibition programme and gallery interventions by contemporary artists.

Free Entry to the main collection; temporary exhibition charges vary
but children are free up to the age of 16.

Contact: Christina Parker, Head of Education; E:; T: +44 (0)1225 388569


Weston Museum, Weston-super-Mareweston museum

This family friendly museum caters for all ages and showcases the elements that make Weston-super-Mare, as well as its local characters and surrounding areas, unique. The Museum highlights the local communities and how they’ve used the locality from prehistoric times to the present day.

Entrance price:
Adult -£3.60, Senior -£3.00, Student -£2.88, Child (0-16) -free
School groups charged at £2.95 per child, adult helpers are admitted
for free. This includes the use of handling packs and a meeting room.

Contact: Katherine Cutlan, Museum Supervisor; T: +44 (0)1934 621028


The Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeterroyal-albert-memorial-museum-1536

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter is ‘home to a million thoughts’ with collections of art, natural history, local history and ethnography from across the world and throughout time.  We were voted Museum of the Year in 2012 following major redevelopment and we welcome 250,000 visitors a year.  There is a programme of temporary exhibitions accompanied by a variety of public events.

Contact: Kate Osborne, Learning & Skills Officer; T: 01392 265858;  E:



South East: Folkestone


QuarterhouseQuarter House

Folkestone Quarterhouse is a Creative Foundation project, run alongside the Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone Artworks, Creative Quarter and home venue for Folkestone Book Festival.  Quarterhouse shares the Creative Foundation’s dedication to enabling the regeneration of Folkestone through creative activity. A series of events takes place throughout the year. For more information please see the website.

Contact: Tania McCormack, Learnig Officer; E:; T: 01303 769241


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Folkestone Artworks is the town’s permanent public art collection of 16 outstanding works originally commissioned by the Creative Foundation for the Folkestone Triennial that are now on permanent display in public spaces in the town. The collection can be enjoyed free of charge, all year round by Folkestone residents and its visitors. Works by Tracey Emin, Mark Wallinger, Richard Wilson, Cornelia Parker, Richard Wentworth, Nathan Coley, Hamish Fulton, Adam Chodzko,Cristina Iglesias, Paloma Varga Weisz.

Free Entry

Contact: T: 01303 760744


Turner Contemporary, MargateTurner_Contemporary_02

Turner Contemporary is a dynamic visual arts organisation that believes in making art open, relevant and fulfilling for all. Inspired by JMW Turner’s sense of enquiry, our WE ARE CURIOUS education activities, events and projects use hands-on exploration and philosophical enquiry to enhance your visit and enrich learning. Schools visiting Turner Contemporary can choose from a number of different exciting options.  Group leaders can opt for conversational tours, which take advantage of the fact that our learning team are all trained in Philosophy for Children (P4C), informational tours, handing tours and creative sessions.  All sessions are led by our team of Navigators.

Free Entry

We offer a number of options for tours and creative sessions, please see our website for more details.

Contact: E:; T: +44 (0)1843 233026


De La Warr Pavilionde-la-warr-pavillion

The De La Warr Pavilion is, a regional and national centre for the contemporary arts, commissioning and show art exhibitions primarily in its two galleries and sometimes on the roof terrace and other exterior spaces. The Pavilion plays an important role in providing a platform for emerging artists to develop their work, as well as exhibiting works by artists of world renown. The auditorium and outdoor spaces offer a varied programme of live music, comedy, dance and drama performances and film screenings. The Grade I listed building is widely recognized as the most iconic Modernist building in Britain

Free Entry

Contact: Ashley McCormick, E:, T: +44 (0)1424 229103


jerwoodworldsbestJerwood Gallery, Hastings

The award-winning Jerwood Gallery is situated next to the fishing beach in Hastings’ historic Old Town. The gallery is home to the Jerwood Collection of 20th and 21st century art and an exhibition programme showcasing the best of modern and contemporary British art. Highlights from the Jerwood Collection include works by some of the great British artists of the previous century, including Sir Stanley Spencer, LS Lowry, Walter Sickert and Augustus John. The collection, which continues to grow, also features contemporary works by artists including Rose Wylie, Maggie Hambling and Alan Davie.

Admission Prices: Adult £9.00, Child 5-16 years £3.50, Groups (of 10 or more) £6.00 per person. Concessions available.

Groups of school children aged 5-16yrs £3.50 each. Groups of students over 16yrs £5.50 each (for a group of over 10 students)

Contact: Victoria Howarth, Assistant Curator; E:; T: +44 (0)1424 728377


Towner, EastbourneTowner-6-Photo-by-Dan-Clements-homeslide

Towner is the award-winning contemporary art museum for South East England. We present major exhibitions of UK and international contemporary art – and as a museum, we also have a renowned collection of art from across the ages.  Learning and participation are at the heart of what we do. We pride ourselves on providing an outstanding visitor experience. Our staff are always happy to talk with you!

Free Entry

Except our main exhibitions. For school group prices please see our website.

Contact: Clare Halstead, E:, T: +44 (0)1323 434670


Strange Cargo, Folkestonestrange+cargo

Strange Cargo is a participatory arts company based in Folkestone that aims to bring high quality artwork and art projects to people in public places. We deliver commissioned artworks for numerous events, most recently for Folkestone Triennial 2014; on top of which we run an annual carnival event entitled Charivari with school children from across Shepway, and coordinate a for-hire gallery space in the heart of Folkestone’s Creative Quarter. Over the past three years we have deliver an arts programme in Folkestone’s Suburbs entitled Cheriton Artland, that has included many project with the residents of Cheriton including Cheriton Lights, the areas first light festival.

Free Entry

Contact: Rachel James, E:, T: +44 (0)1303 278821


Dover Museum, Doverdover museum

Dover Museum tells the story of the town and port since prehistoric times, a town that for centuries has been the Gateway to England. Displays include Dover’s history as a Roman port and Saxon town, the Cinque Ports, Napoleonic Wars, Victorian Dover, and the two World Wars. The Museum also has temporary exhibitions in the Mezzanine Gallery and stairwell exhibition spaces. Also on display is the world’s oldest sea-going boat. Found in Dover in 1992, it is 3,550 years old, older than Tutankhamun and from the same age as Stonehenge.

Cost of entry £3.50 adults £2.75 children – £2.00 groups over 10.

Contact: Dr Lynda Pearce, E: Lynda.Pearce@DOVER.GOV.UK, T: 01304 201066


Rye Art Galleryryeartgallery

Rye Art gallery is a charitable trust and houses a permanent art collection of national importance, many of which can been seen on the BBC’s Your Paintings. We also have a contemporary selling gallery hosting top designs by leading local and National artists including paintings, jewellery, textiles, ceramics sculpture and prints. Exciting regular exhibitions are held through-out the year showcasing a diverse pool of talent making it a welcoming environment to visit.

Free Entry

Contact: Jane Fenn, Director; T: 01797222433; E:


Sidney Cooper GallerySidney_Cooper_Gallery_Inside_01

The Sidney Cooper Gallery is a fantastic contemporary gallery situated in the heart of historic Canterbury. As a university gallery, the programme consists of exhibitions not only by staff, and students from Christ Church University, but also works by some of the most interesting and inspiring artists practicing in the UK and internationally today. Exhibitions are accompanied by lectures and workshops inviting the public to partake in the creative process and interact with the gallery.

Learning is at the forefront of the gallery’s aims with free interactive and cross-curricular learning packs available for primary, secondary and EFL pupils.  Free guided tours are offered and workshops are linked to the exhibitions.

Free Entry

Contact: Frances Chiverton, Learning and Engagement Officer; T: 01227 767700 ext. 1752; E:


Studio 3 GalleryStudio 3 Gallery

Studio 3 Gallery is a dedicated exhibition venue within the University of Kent’s award-winning School of Art’s Jarman Building. Since its opening, Studio 3 Gallery has developed an innovative programme of exhibitions that combines art historical scholarship and cutting-edge contemporary art. Studio 3 Gallery is also dedicated to providing students with valuable and transferable hands-on experience in all aspects of the gallery’s operations. Students actively contribute to the day-to-day running and the programming of the space and these experiences have enabled our graduates to launch successful careers in related fields upon graduation.

Free Entry

Contact: Katie McGown, Gallery Coordinator; T: +44 (0)1227 823448; E:


Yorkshire: Leeds


Yorkshire Sculpture Parkysp

YSP seeks to provide a centre of international, national and regional importance for the production, exhibition and appreciation of modern and contemporary sculpture. Many inspirational elements combine here to create a unique and exceptional balance of art, heritage, learning, space and landscape. YSP offers unique workshops and tours aimed at providing an enhanced focus and stimulus for visiting pupils and students.

Within a national and European context YSP is unique, offering artists and visitors experiences and opportunities unlike anywhere else. ‘Great art for everyone’ has been YSP’s goal since opening to the public in 1977, enabling access, understanding and enjoyment of art and landscape for everyone, whilst dismantling many of the barriers that often exist between the public and contemporary art. This vision remains as strong as ever.

Free Entry

Contact: Hardeep Sahota, Formal Learning Co-ordinator; T: +44 (0)1924 830579 (direct); E:



Bursting with history and art of all ages, a school trip to Chatsworth makes for a unique and engaging day of learning for pupils and teachers alike. Explore the historic house, uncover fascinating stories and enjoy one of Europe’s most significant art collections ranging from Rembrandt to Freud. In our 105 acre garden, discover giant water features, classical and contemporary sculpture, beautiful flowers and magnificent views across the park. With our exciting calendar of events and exhibitions, plus our range of self-guided and guided tour options, Chatsworth can provide an inspiring day out for all.

Discounted Education rates are offered. Please see the website for further details.

Contact: Sara Main or Harriet Hempshall, E:, T: 01246 565300


Abbey House / Kirkstall Abbeyabbey-house-museum

Imagine what it would be like to be a Victorian lady or gentleman. What kind of clothes you would wear? What did shops looked like? Was it actually like that? Amble around the Victorian street in Abbey House Museum and find out about the differences in social life and standing life between the widow washerwoman, the pub landlord and the undertaker. Explore the toys children played with in the past and have fun exclaiming, “I had something like that…”. Discover tales of Leeds, tell stories, create your own new memories and discuss different ideas about the past and how we view them today.

Entry is free to access for Leeds LEA schools. We charge £1 per pupil entrance charge for non-Leeds LEA schools (inc academies and free schools).

Contact: Sarah Allen, Learning and Access Officer; T: 0113 2305492; E:


Discovery Centreleeds-discovery-centre

Imagine a million objects stacked on shelves in a giant fridge with no natural light, magnetic door locks and the stickiest bug traps in the world and you’re starting to get a picture of  Leeds’ very own Night at the Museum-esque custom-built storage facility in South Leeds. It’s where we keep the million objects which aren’t on display at any of the other eight Leeds Museums and Galleries sites.

Entry is free to access for Leeds LEA schools. We charge £1 per pupil entrance charge for non-Leeds LEA schools (inc academies and free schools). For general entry price please refer to the website.

Contact: Andrew Kyrover, Outreach Education Officer; T: 0113 3782100; E:


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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. Was that the right approach? What do you think? What would you do now?

Entry is free to access for Leeds LEA schools. We charge £1 per pupil entrance charge for non-Leeds LEA schools (inc academies and free schools). For general entry price please refer to the website.

Contact: Amanda Phillips, Learning and Access Officer; T: 0113 2478254; E:


Leeds City Museumleeds city museum

Have you ever held something that is three thousand years old? Imagine what it’s seen. Who has it travelled with? How did it get to Leeds? Leeds City Museum is full of amazing objects that have either been made in Leeds or have been brought back from far-flung parts of the globe by people who live (or lived) in Leeds. Want to time travel through Leeds from the creation of the landscape to now? You can do that in the Leeds Story. How about coming face-to-face with a three thousand year old priest? Meet Nesyamun, our Leeds mummy. What about exploring the impact we have on the global climate?  Then discover Life on Earth, full of animals that have been affected in some way by us or the environment around them.

Entry is free to access for Leeds LEA schools. We charge £1 per pupil entrance charge for non-Leeds LEA schools (inc academies and free schools). For general entry price please refer to the website.

Contact: Natalie Burns, Learning and Access Officer (Mon/Tues); T: 0113 2243728; E:


Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Millsleeds-industrial-museum-at-armley-mills3

Do you like trains? Or are you a fashionista who wants to know how cloth and clothes are made? They seem like opposite ends of the spectrum, but Armley Mills used to be the biggest woollen mill in the world and the goods were transported around the globe by train. Is Leeds still an industrial centre? Are we more creative than we were in the past? Armley Mills now houses the Leeds Industrial collections, including trains and old TV cameras as well as the looms and mules involved in the weaving process. We still spin, weave and sell the cloth we make.

Contact: Cara Jardine, Learning and Access Officer; T: 0113 3783173; E:


Lotherton HallLotherton-exterior

How small is a corset? How does it affect the woman wearing it? What does that mean for society? How has that changed now? Travel the world through Africa and China with the diplomatic Gascoigne family and explore their privileged world, and that of their servants, through the objects and memories they brought back with them. Explore our new fashion galleries that contain our Designated, internationally important costume collections.

Entry is free to access for Leeds LEA schools. We charge £1 per pupil entrance charge for non-Leeds LEA schools (inc academies and free schools). For general entry price please refer to the website.

Contact: Dee Matthews, Learning and Access Officer; T: 0113 3782969; E:


Temple NewsamTemple-newsam-landscape-JHJ

Do you like your parents decorating tastes? Well, the previous owners of Temple Newsam House didn’t. Each generation decorated a different bit of the House, so you can literally walk back in time, from Tudor to Victorian, as you walk through the upstairs rooms. What would you do if you were in charge of the paintbrush?

Entry is free to access for Leeds LEA schools. We charge £1 per pupil entrance charge for non-Leeds LEA schools (inc academies and free schools). For general entry price please refer to the website.

Contact: Shelley Dring, Learning and Access Officer; T: 0113 3367461; E:


Thwaite Mills Watermillthwaite mills museum

Did you know there is an island in Leeds? Thwaite Mills is a calm oasis of green in amongst the industry in south Leeds, sandwiched between the river and the canal. It’s a eco-friendly working watermill, with creaking waterwheels and lush fields and woodlands all perfect for butterflies, birds and bumblebees. Much of the work we do at Thwaite Mills is centred around the environment, sustainability, science and how we can keep nature looking beautiful and working harmoniously with us.

Entry is free to access for Leeds LEA schools. We charge £1 per pupil entrance charge for non-Leeds LEA schools (inc academies and free schools). For general entry price please refer to the website.

Contact: T: 0113 3782983 E:


The Tetleytetley-frontage

The Tetley is a new centre for contemporary art and learning located in the stunning art deco headquarters of the former Tetley Brewery in central Leeds. Centred around creativity, innovation and experimentation, The Tetley is a place that develops future artistic talent and opens the minds of young people, whilst at the same time engages families and individuals of all ages.

Free Entry

Contact: Kenn Taylor, Curator of Participation and Learning; T:0113 320 23 23; E:



Central Southern: London

The National GalleryNational_Gallery

The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. The Collection contains over 2,300 works, including many famous works, such as van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait, Velázquez’s Rokeby Venus, Turner’s Fighting Temeraire and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. All major traditions of Western European painting are represented from the artists of late medieval and Renaissance Italy to the French Impressionists.

Free entry for the permanent collection, temporary exhibition charges vary

Contact: Rachel Craddock, Young Peoples Programmer E: 020 7747 2885


The Saatchi GallerySaatchi Gallery

The Saatchi Gallery aims to provide an innovative forum for contemporary art, presenting work by largely unseen young artists or by international artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibited in the UK. The Saatchi Gallery is specifically geared towards introducing a younger audience of art students and enthusiasts to work at the cutting edge of contemporary art. The facilities – at the Gallery, via the website and in the Gallery classroom for schools – endeavour to ensure that teachers receive the best on-site and outreach support possible for their students.

Free Entry- Group visits to the gallery are free, with free guided tours provided if booked via the Education Department

Contact: The Education Department, T: +44(0)20 7811 3087, E:


The Wallace CollectionThe Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In the twenty-five galleries are world famous Old Master paintings, unsurpassed displays of 18th century French paintings, furniture and porcelain, a magnificent collection of princely arms and armour, plus exquisite gold boxes, sculpture and Renaissance works of art.

Free Entry

Contact: Emma Bryant, Education Officer, Education Department; T:+44 (0) 20 7563 9579; E:


The Whitechapel GalleryWhitechapel

For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery has premiered world-class artists from modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Lucian Freud, Gilbert & George and Mark Wallinger. With beautiful galleries, exhibitions, artist commissions, collection displays, historic archives, education resources, inspiring art courses, dining room and bookshop, the Gallery is open all year round, so there is always something free to see. The Gallery is a touchstone for contemporary art internationally, plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter.

Free Entry-  Once a year there is a ticketed exhibition for a particularly ambitious historic or international exhibition.The Whitechapel Gallery encourages schools to visit the gallery Tuesday – Thursday during term time, and to make use of our Education Studios for free. All visits must be booked in advance with the Education team. Teachers are strongly advised to make a preliminary visit before bringing their students to the gallery

Contact: The Education Department; T: +44 (0)20 75227894;  E:


The Courtauld GalleryThe Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Institute of Art is a vibrant international centre for the study of the history of art and conservation and is also home to one of the finest small art museums in the world. With a remarkable art collection which stretches from the early Renaissance to the 20th Century and an acclaimed programme of temporary exhibitions, The Courtauld Gallery is a stimulating and enriching learning environment.  Our innovative, wide-ranging programme of art history, cross-curricula and art practice activities for Schools and Colleges is underpinned by the principle: “All art was contemporary once.”

Complementing and extending Art and Design and Humanities curricula, the gallery learning programme develops students’ visual analytical skills and critical and contextual understanding increasing their confidence and enjoyment of looking and talking about art.  Workshops, talks and projects are available on a broad range of topics and content can be tailored to fit with your current study theme.

Contact: Alice Odin, Education Officer;  T: 0207 848 1058; E:


Sir John Soane MuseumSir John Soane’s Museum

Sir John Soane’s Museum is the idiosyncratic house-museum of the great Neo-Classical architect Sir John Soane (1753 – 1837) and displays his collection of antiquities, furniture, models and paintings in the same state in which they were left at the time of his death. Opened as a Museum in his own lifetime Soane created an Act of Parliament to preserve the house and collection for the benefit of ‘amateurs and students’ in architecture, painting and sculpture. Today the museum is one of the country’s most unusual and significant museums with a continuing and developing commitment to education and creative inspiration.

Free Entry 

Contact: T: 020 7440 4247


National Maritime MuseumNational Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich is the largest of its kind in the world and sets out to illuminate the entire history of Britain’s encounter with the sea. The historic buildings form part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, and it also incorporates the Royal Observatory, and 17th-century Queen’s House.

Free Entry

Also host ‘Museum as Muse’ sessions for secondary art students. Key stage 4 & Post-16: A level / AS level Art & Design. Guided by practicing artists, students use critical thinking skills to consider how creativity is stimulated by objects and buildings, and explore their own creative responses during practical activities using 2D and 3D materials. To book a visit call 020 8312 6608 or e-mail

Contact: Honor Gay, Schools Programme Manager; E:; T: +44 (0)20 8312 6608


The Photographers' GalleryThe Photographers’ Gallery

Founded in 1971, The Photographers’ Gallery is the UK’s foremost venue for photography and is widely recognised as a pioneer in exhibiting photography, and educating and engaging people with the medium. Receiving half a million visitors each year, The Photographers’ Gallery is Europe’s most visited centre for photography. The Gallery welcomes groups to visit for a self-led visit, tour or workshop. In Autumn 2014 there will also be a limited number of free workshops available for schools that have not visited The Photographers’ Gallery in the past 5-years.

Free Entry, except for one paying exhibition per year. Paying exhibition 31 Oct – 18 January: 16 and under: free / educational group visits £1 per person (including group leaders and teachers) / Mon-Fri 10.00-12.00: Free for all / Standard £4.50 / Concession £3.50

Contact: Jai Tyler, Education & Projects Organiser; E:; T: +44 (0)20 7087 9300


Tate BritainTate Britain

Located in London and housing the national collection of British art from the year 1500 to the present day, and international modern art.

Admission: Our advance booking School group rate, for UK schools is £5 per person including staff and is subject to a one off £2 booking fee.

Contact: Laura Lloyd, Schools Booking Assistant; T: +44 (0) 20 7887 8888 (Option 3); E:


Tate ModernTate Modern

Tate Modern is Britain’s national gallery of international modern and contemporary art 1900 to the present day and hosting special exhibitions and events.

Admission: Our advance booking School group rate, for UK schools is £5 per person including staff and is subject to a one off £2 booking fee.

Contact: Laura Lloyd, Schools Booking Assistant; T: +44 (0) 20 7887 8888 (Option 3); E:


The Drawing RoomThe Drawing Room

Drawing Room is the only public and non-profit gallery in the UK and Europe dedicated to contemporary international drawing, providing a unique resource for the promotion of drawing. Exhibitions and events incorporate a wide range of ideas and media, from the traditional to the experimental, and is informed by contemporary artistic practice. In October 2013 Drawing Room launched Study – on onsite research space, the first of its kind in the UK and Europe.  This is a free, open access, research hub comprising of a growing specialist drawing library, and an accessible archive of Drawing Room’s past exhibition and event programme.

Free Entry

Contact: Yamuna Ravindran, Study Librarian (education contact); T: 020 7394 5657; E:; T: 020 7394 5657


Fashion and Textile Museumfashion and textile museum

The Fashion and Textile Museum is a cutting edge centre for contemporary fashion, textiles and jewellery in London. Founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes, the centre showcases a programme of changing exhibitions exploring elements of fashion, textile and jewellery as well as the Academy which runs courses for creative students and businesses.

Admission: Museum admission costs £5.50 per student and £8.80 per adult.  Children under 12 are free. For up to 19 paying students, one accompanying adult is admitted free of charge.  For 20 or more paying students, all accompanying staff are admitted free of charge and a discounted rate of £5 per student is offered if booked in advance.

Contact: Anna Hill, Museum Assistant; T: +44 (0) 20 7407 8664, E:


ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts)ICA london

The ICA has consistently been at the forefront of cultural experimentation and creative risk since its formation in 1946. With a programme that is high-quality and interdisciplinary, the ICA is driven by a commitment to visual art and artists, and uniquely achieves a three-way balance between fostering new talent, recognising artists that have been overlooked and profiling established figures. With a distinct venue in the heart of London, the ICA houses three galleries, two cinemas, a theatre and a studio. Through a vibrant and international programme of exhibitions, films, live events, talks and debates, the ICA challenges perceived notions and stimulates debate and exchange. At the heart of our activity is encouraging young people’s engagement and with contemporary culture.

Admission: Entry to the ICA is with Day Membership, set at £1. For just £3 per student (teachers and support staff attend free), we can offer your group a film screening + curator introduction , admission to current exhibitions and educator’s resource packs

Contact: Deborah Herring, Education Curator; T: +44 (0)20 7930 3647; E:


Raven RowRaven Row London

Raven Row is a non-profit contemporary art exhibition centre in Spitalfields. It has been constructed within eighteenth century domestic rooms, onto which 6a architects have added two contemporary galleries, and it stands on the part of Artillery Lane that was known as Raven Row until 1895. Raven Row’s programme is intended to appeal both to a specialist audience and a broader, curious public. It is led by a desire to test art’s purpose outside the market place, exhibiting diverse work of the highest quality, often by established international artists, or those from the recent past, who have somehow escaped London’s attention

Free Entry

Contact:  Elizabeth Stanton, Communications Manager (Maternity Cover); T:+44 (0) 207 377 4300; E:


The Jewish Museumjewish museum london

The Jewish Museum London is for people of all backgrounds and faiths to explore British Jewish heritage, identity and culture. Set against a spacious and modern architectural backdrop with displays across four permanent galleries, the museum brings the Jewish story to life, placing it in a wider context of British history. Our education programmes, exhibitions and events encourage a sense of discovery and creativity to tell the story of Jewish history, culture and religion in an innovative and compelling way.

Admission: £7.50/£6.50- Prices include voluntary donation for Gift Aid purposes, Children 5-16 £3.50, Discounts are available for school groups.

Contact: Josie Roberts, Learning Administrator; T: 020 72847356; E:


North West: Manchester


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Astley Cheetham Art Gallery

Astley Cheetham Art Gallery in Stalybridge was built as a gift to the town by John Frederick Cheetham and his wife Beatrice Astley in 1901. The gallery originally opened as a lecture theatre and then the space was turned into a gallery to house the Astley Cheetham Art Collection, bequeathed in 1932. This collection has grown with gifts and donations throughout the twentieth century and is one of the most interesting small regional collections.

Free Entry

Contact: E:, T: 0161 343 2878


Manchester City Galleriesmanchester art gallery

We are a city centre Gallery whose collections are rooted in the traditions of out city- celebrating the popular and the radical. We seek to always delight, surprise and encourage conversation. From our well loved Pre-Raphaelite collection to some of the most talked-about contemporary art, our displays are always changing, giving visitors the chance to see something new every time. We exhibit and acquire work by the best international and local artists, showing contemporary work within the context of our historic building and collections. Finding new and innovative ways of re-interpreting our historic collections we make radical statements,igniting curiosity and conversation. We are a city centre Gallery whose collections are rooted in the traditions of out city- celebrating the popular and the radical. We seek to always delight, surprise and encourage conversation. From our well loved Pre-Raphaelite collection to some of the most talked-about contemporary art, our displays are always changing, giving visitors the chance to see something new every time.

Free entry

Contact: Lorraine Callaghan, Learning Business Support Office; T: 0161 235 8842; E:


Warrington Museum & Art Gallery (Culture Warrington)warrington museum and art gallery

Travel through time and around the world at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, one of the oldest museums in the country. Opened in 1857, much of the quintessential character of the building has been preserved and its original glass cabinets are crammed with treasures from all around the world. The museum’s collection was originally based upon the collection of the Warrington Natural History Society but it has since grown in excess of 200,000 objects, covering natural sciences, antiquities, social history, numismatics, ethnology, fine and decorative arts and an extensive local photographic archive. Some of the items are undoubtedly of national significance, but the majority relate to Warrington and the surrounding areas.

Free Entry. Charges for school groups may apply, check the website.

Contact: Amanda Moore and Katy Melville (job share), Education Officers:  T: 01925 442395, E: and


Gallery OldhamGallery Oldham

Gallery Oldham provides a wide range of exhibitions and activities targeted at different audiences of all ages within Oldham and the surrounding area. Current and forthcoming exhibitions feature artworks and items from Oldham’s diverse collections alongside newly commissioned art, international work, touring exhibitions and work produced with local communities.

Talks and tours, art and craft workshops, work with schools and artist residencies are all part of the gallery’s regular activities programme.

Free Entry

Contact: E:, T: 0161 770 4742


John Rylands LibraryThe John Rylands Library

Inspire your pupils with a unique learning experience. The Library’s neo-Gothic building is a masterpiece of Victorian architecture and contains one of the world’s finest collections of rare books and manuscripts. The collections encompass almost all the landmarks of printing – magnificent illustrated books, every stage in the development of typography, key historical texts and exquisite bookbindings. They cover a wide range of subjects: theology and philosophy; economic, social, political and military history; travel and exploration; literature, drama and music; art and architecture; science and medicine.

Free Entry

Contact: E:, T: +44 (0)161-306 0555


The LowryTheLowry

Set in a magnificent waterside location at the heart of the redeveloped Salford Quays in Greater Manchester, The Lowry is an architectural flagship with a unique and dynamic identity. Rising from the regenerated docklands, it is a welcoming building, designed to reflect the surrounding landscapes and flourishing waterways, in its glass and metallic surfaces. The Lowry opened on 28th April 2000, bringing together a wide variety of performing and visual arts under one roof. Opening its door to the best in entertainment  and education in the arts, The Lowry aims to give everyone access to new areas of creativity and to embrace its broad community.

Free Entry

Contact: T: 0843 208 6000


Salford Museum and Art GallerySalford Art Gallery

Salford Museum and Art Gallery presents an exciting programme of permanent displays and changing contemporary exhibitions together with a range of events and activities guaranteed to in
spire which completes a must visit experience for individuals, families, schools and organisations to come and enjoy. Our learning and outreach programme allows everyone to get involved with the museum – perhaps taking part in a Victorian washday, learning new crafts or reminiscing with our memory boxes.

Free Entry

Contact: E:, T: 0161 778 0800


Northern England: Newcastle and Gateshead


Baltic-GatesheadBALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

BALTIC’s mission is to create exceptional access to important and innovative contemporary art in a unique setting, that encourages and enables learning and transformational thinking. BALTIC has gained an international reputation for its commissioning of cutting-edge temporary exhibitions. It has presented the work of over 350 artists from over 50 countries in over 190 exhibitions to date.

Free Entry

Contact: Vicky Sturrs, Schools and Colleges Programmer, E: T: 0191 440 4929


East Anglia: Cambridge & Norwich


Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, NorwichSainsbury-Centre

The Sainsbury Centre is one of the most prominent university art galleries in Britain, and a major national centre for the study and presentation of art. The Sainsbury Centre houses the extraordinary art collection of Robert and Lisa Sainsbury, as well as the Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau and the University’s Abstract and Constructivist Collection. Alongside these permanent collections, the Sainsbury Centre hosts a range of temporary exhibitions and we also offer an award-winning learning programme of gallery talks, lectures and art workshops.

Free Entry

Contact: Nell Croose-Myhill, Education Officer, E: T: 01603 593726


Fitzwilliam Museum, CambridgeFitzwilliam
The Fitzwilliam Museum has something to inspire, delight, surprise and excite everyone and we endeavour to help people connect with its treasures. The breadth of the education programme includes a highly regarded teaching service for schools and practical support for GCSE art students. The Fitzwilliam Museum welcomes a broad audience, from families and pre-school centres, young adults and looked after children through to adult workshops and courses designed for dementia suffers and their carers. The museum is a treasure house of over half a million paintings and artefacts, each with a story to tell.

Free Entry

Contact: Education, E:, T: +44 (0)1223 332904


Kettle’s Yard, Cambridgekettles yard
One of Britain’s finest galleries – a beautiful and unique house with a distinctive collection of 20th century art, and a gallery exhibiting contemporary and modern art. For 16 years, Kettle’s Yard was the home of Jim Ede, the first modern art curator at the Tate Gallery, and his wife, Helen. The house contains Ede’s art collection, including paintings by Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Christopher Wood, David Jones and Joan Miro and sculpture by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

Free Entry

Contact: Education Officer, E:, T: +44 (0)1223 748100


Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, CambridgeMuseum-of-Archaeology-and-Anthropology-Gallery-Full
MAA’s collections span nearly two million years of human history, on all six inhabited continents. Our oldest object is a 1.8 million year old stone tool from Olduvai Gorge, whist the newest are made by contemporary artists. The anthropology and photographic collections are enhanced by collaboration with indigenous communities. But AA is not a dusty museum about the ancient past . It is also about contemporary life all over the world, and works with modern day indigenous communities in all kinda of ways. It is particularly known for its innovative exhibitions that draw contemporary artists into dialogue with the historic collections.

Free Entry

Contact: Sarah-Jane Harknett, E:, T: +44 (0)1223 333516


Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridgeclassical archaeology cambridge
The Museum of Classical Archaeology is dedicated to the study and teaching of the classical past through the material and visual cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. Our collections are rather unusual, however. We don’t only hold objects from 2,000 or so years ago – we also hold objects produced in the 19th century to replicate ancient artefacts which were housed somewhere else in the world. Our Cast Gallery is home to one of the finest collections of plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture anywhere in the world – and our Museum has as many stories to tell about them.

Free Entry

Contact: Jenni Thornber, E:, T: +44 (0)1223 335153


The Stained Glass Museum, ElyStained glass museum

The Stained Glass Museum offers a unique insight into the fascinating history of stained glass, an art-form that has been practised in Britain for at least thirteen hundred years. Our permanent gallery displays over 125 stained glass panels representing eight hundred years of the history of this ancient art, from the thirteenth century to the present day. Temporary
exhibitions are also held throughout the year, highlighting panels and designs from the Museum’s reserve collection. The Stained Glass Museum is the only museum dedicated to stained glass in the UK, and one of a handful of places in the world with such a broad chronological span of stained glass exhibits.

Admissions: Adults £4.50 / £3.50 concessions Children under 16 Free (when accompanied by a paying
adult) We do offer special prices and visits for school groups

Contact: Education Officer, E:, T: +44 (0)1353 666655




ashmolean-museum-1536Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

The Ashmolean, home to Oxford University’s outstanding art and archaeology collections, is Britain’s oldest public museum and possibly the oldest museum in the world. Founded in 1683, what started as a single room of paintings and curiosities grew into an institution of superlatives. It is home to the biggest collection of Raphael drawings; the most significant collection of Anglo-Saxon artifacts apart from the British Museum; and the greatest Chinese collection in the West.

Many of the sessions are FREE, but if your organization can afford it a voluntary donation is appreciated

Contact: Clare Cory, Education Officer; Secondary & Young People; E:; T: 01865 278015


Modern Art OxfordModern Art Oxford, Oxford

Founded in 1965, Modern Art Oxford is a visual art gallery devoted to presenting exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. We have a national and international reputation for the quality of our exhibitions and accompanying community and education program. Funded primarily by Arts Council England, with support from Oxford City Council, all of our exhibitions and many of our events, activities and workshops are free for visitors. Exhibition Talks – We offer free introductory talks for pre-booked school, college, youth and community groups.

We offer free Group visits – all groups of 10 or more should be booked in advance.

Contact: E:, T: 01865 722733


The Story MuseumThe Story Museum, Oxford

The Story Museum works to celebrate and demonstrate the power of stories to inspire learning, especially for the young. A charity and non-profit company, it is in the process of transforming a pumpkin project into a magical new world centre of children’s literature and storytelling in the heart of historic Oxford.  Its current immersive exhibition is 26 Characters (until 2 November), a celebration of childhood story heroes.

Admission: Adults: £7.50, Under 18’s: £5:00 We offer bespoke packages for school groups and 10% discount to groups over 10 people visiting the exhibition.

Contact: Kate Sayer- Head of Learning and Participation; E:; T: 01865 790050


Pitt Rivers MuseumPitt Rivers Museum

The museum displays archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world. It was founded in 1884 when General Pitt Rivers gave his collection of more than 18,000 objects to the University; there are now over half a million. The extensive photographic and sound archives contain early records of great importance. The Museum continues to collect through donations, bequests, purchases and through staff and students, in the course of their fieldwork. Entry via the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Free Entry



Kelmscott ManorKelmscott Manor

Kelmscott Manor is the Grade I listed former Cotswold’s home of William Morris, Father of the Arts & Crafts Movement. Accessible via the River Thames, it was Morris’s ‘Heaven on Earth’ inspiring many of his most famous designs. The collections contain furnishings designed for the Manor by Morris’s friend and associate Philip Webb (Arts & Crafts architect and designer) and furniture from each of Morris’s London homes, including the Red House. The Manor is open April – October on Wednesdays and Saturdays; and Thursdays for pre-booked groups. Tearoom and shop.

Entrance price: Adults: £9, Full-time students and Children: £4.50  Discounts are available for groups, please contact us for education prices.

Contact: Sarah Parker, Property Manager; T: 01367 252486; E:

South West: Salisbury


Roche CourtNew Art Centre

The New Art Centre was founded in 1958. The original gallery was located in Sloane Street, London. In 1994 it was relocated to Roche Court in Wiltshire, a nineteenth-century house in parkland. The existing house and Orangery were built in 1804. Together with the grounds, Roche Court is now used as a sculpture park and educational centre where work is shown inside and out providing a survey of sculpture for the enjoyment of the public. The New Art Centre represents various artists’ estates including Barbara Hepworth, Kenneth Armitage and Ian Stephenson. The gallery is the venue for a changing programme of exhibitions. Additionally to The New Art Centre, within Roche Court you can find the Artists House, Gallery and The Roche Court Educational Trust.

For group visits please contact:Emma Kerr, Education Office; E:; T: 01980 862802


The Salisbury Museum

Housed in The King’s House, a medieval Grade I listed building, the museum’s designated The Salisbury Museumarchaeology collections include items from Stonehenge and medieval finds from Clarendon Palace, Old Sarum and Salisbury. The history of Salisbury is also represented through displays of decorative and fine art, including Turner watercolours, costume and ceramics.

Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum uses its collections, building and services to encourage learning, inspiration and enjoyment. For Wiltshire Council maintained schools and academies there is FREE ENTRY to the museum for self-guided visits. Sessions can be adapted to all Key Stages and abilities. We welcome SEN enquiries, community groups and other organisations. The museum’s collections support a wide range of subjects. It is worth asking if you have a topic which you think we may be able to assist with. Our facilitated sessions are hands-on, promoting learning through enquiry.

Admission: Adults-£8.00 Children-£4.00 Families-£20.00

Contact: Learning and Outreach Officer, T: 01722 332151,


John Hansard GalleryJohn Hansard Gallery

John Hansard Gallery is one of Britain’s leading public galleries of contemporary art funded by Arts Council England. Part of the University of Southampton, we support, develop and present work by outstanding artists from across the world. Established in 1979, we are proud to play a dynamic role in the cultural life of Southampton and the region. Our programme consists of five exhibitions per year alongside innovative off-site projects in other citywide locations and touring projects with galleries and institutions elsewhere in the UK and internationally.

Free Entry

Booking required for School Groups, please contact Head of Education

Contact: Ronda Gowland Pryde, Head of Education; E:; T: 023 8059 21658


SoutSouthampton City Art Gallery

Southampton City Art Gallery is internationally renowned for its permanent collection, which spans eight centuries and tells the story of western art from the Renaissance to the present day. The core of the collection is twentieth century and contemporary British art. Strong clusters within this element include Post-Impressionism (notably the Camden Town Group), Surrealism, St Ives and progressive contemporary art from the mid-1970s. Opened in April 1939 within Southampton’s Civic Centre, it offers high quality exhibitions ranging from painting, sculpture and drawing, to photography and film, as well as displays that change regularly to ensure new experiences with each visit. The venue caters for families, with gallery trails through the exhibitions, monthly art clubs and a fantastic range of activities for all ages.

Free Entry

For School Bookings and enquiries please contact the Lead Learning Officer.

Contact: Joanna Russel, Lead Learning Officer; E:; T: 023 8083 3007



aspex has a 33-year track record of supporting emerging artists and engaging audiences, through the delivery of a programme of exhibitions, off-site projects and participatory opportunities. Since relocating to the waterfront at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth in 2006, the gallery has focused on finding ways to meaningfully engage its visitors by facilitating connections with artists and revealing the creative process. The participation programme provides activities for toddlers through to pensioners, and its work with children with Special Educational Needs and Autism has been described as exemplary.

Free Entry

Contact: Vicky Chapter, Participation & Learning Manager; T: 023 9277 8080;E:


Young GalleryYoung Gallery

The Young Gallery is the gift of Edwin Young (1831-1913). The gallery opened in 1915 and since then has been providing a changing program of art exhibitions, including permanent collection works, primarily based on paper. Core collections include watercolours from all periods including Edwin Young, Goodwin, Tunnicliffe, John Nash and Fujio Akai as well as modern photographs, including a large number by Mick Maslen. In 1975 the gallery was complimented by the John Creasey Museum consisting of the literary collection of John Creasey (1908-1973). Augmented by a dedicated collection of modern art including Moore, Jones, Rowntree, Paul Nash and most recent Piper.

Free entry

Contact:Peter Riley, Curator; T: (01722 343 275; E:


The Willis Museum and Sainsbury GalleryThe Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery

We are one of Hampshire’s Community Museums and a Flagship venue. The venue consists of permanent displays of Archaeology and Social History and there are two exhibition galleries.  The Sainsbury Gallery is government indemnified and supports the development of Hampshire as a centre of excellence for home-grown, regional and national touring visual arts and museums exhibitions.  The gallery hosts exhibitions from high quality lenders such as the British Museum and the V&A Museum.  The museum’s collections tell the story of Basingstoke from Prehistoric times until the present day.

Free entry – Entry to the gallery and museum is free, we do offer a school education service for groups which we charge for as this is facilitated by a member of staff.  However self-led visits are free.

Contact:Sophie Mclean, Assistant Community Engagement and Learning Officer; T: 01256 465902; E:


The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and MuseumRussell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

In 1901 Merton Russell-Cotes gave his wife Annie a dream house on a cliff-top, overlooking the sea. It was an extraordinary, extravagant birthday present – lavish, splendid, and with a touch of fantasy. They filled this exotic seaside villa with beautiful objects from their travels across the world, and lined the walls with a remarkable collection of British art, creating a unique atmosphere in a most dramatic setting. A home, an art gallery, and a museum. Then they sealed it in time, and gave it to the future.

Admission: Adult £6, Child (5-15yrs) £4, Students (FE & HE) £4

Contact: Elissa Noon, Learning Assistant; T: 01202 451858; E: