If you are interested in planning a visit to the New Art Centre please contact Julieann Worrall Hood, Head of Education.
T: 01980 862802
We offer interactive tours of the Sculpture Park and current exhibitions for schools, colleges, universities and other interested groups.
Designed to meet the specific needs and interests of individual groups tours are appropriate for all ages and levels of knowledge.
All group visits must be booked in advance and a small charge is made per head.
The Roche Court Educational Trust is a charity and ensures costs are as affordable as possible. All current rates are subsidised by the Trust.
Brand new visit offer
We offer a variety of themed tours (up to 4 hours) and workshops (up to 5 hours) as detailed below. While these are some of our most popular tours and workshops, we provide an individual approach and develop and tailor visits to suit the needs of each group, ensuring those taking part gain as much as possible from their visit.
- Modern and Contemporary Sculpture: concepts, methods and materiality
Explore diverse sculptural materials and methods first-hand and discuss the many unexpected connections that we make with a selection of sculptures in the Park. Discussion and experimental drawing activities can be developed further during a practical workshop.
- Get a head of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and maths
From Fibonacci to 3D printing, nothing exists in isolation. Experience the work of sculptors who are developing concepts and methods from science and maths, using creative approaches to engineering and technology to achieve their aims. Discussion and experimental drawing activities can be developed further during a practical workshop.
- Through the Looking Glass: storytelling through art and place
It is often said that visiting Roche Court is rather like being Alice in Wonderland. Visit this beautiful landscape of woodland, walled gardens and open fields and discover hidden artworks, domestic objects on a gigantic scale and strange hybrid creatures to fire up your imagination. Discussion and activities can be developed further during a practical workshop.
- Recording Ideas & Observations: creative use of drawing, annotation and sketchbooks
In depth, first-hand research, discussion and recording of a selection of sculptures and artworks in the Park and gallery spaces, informed by a variety of methods and processes used by the exhibiting artists. This can be developed further during a sketchbook workshop.
A personal approach
The Trust organises tours of the exhibitions and works in the sculpture park at Roche Court. The tours are led by our enthusiastic and expert staff who have knowledge and understanding of modern and contemporary art.
- Staff work with all groups before, during and after each visit. Our tours are designed to support curriculum aims and other accreditations.
- Tours can be arranged to take access and other needs into consideration.
- Interpretation of the sculptures can be adapted for SEN visitors, for example through Multi-Sensory materials and Makaton.
A unique space to look and think
The exhibitions are set within three spaces, the Artists House, Gallery and Sculpture Park, allowing discussion to take place in a variety of contexts. This encourages exploration of individual opinions and perceptions.
The New Art Centre exhibits over 60 internationally renowned and emerging artists. Exhibitions have included work by Barbara Hepworth, Richard Long, Michael Craig-Martin, Anthony Caro and Antony Gormley.
Prices are for students with no cost for accompanying adults. The charge includes fully led tours, use of education room and picnic area, clipboards (currently up to 20) and drawing materials. Permission is granted to take photographs at Roche Court on the understanding that photographs are for educational purposes *.
Students & Learners
- Standard tour (up to 4 hours) – £4.50
For visits up to 4 hours including interactive guided tours of the Sculpture Park and current exhibitions, use of drawing materials and our picnic facilities (our Education Room or designated area of the sculpture park). Minimum charge is for 10 students.
- Multi-Sensory Tour (up to 4 hours) – £6
Appropriate for learners with Special Educational Needs and Early Years Foundation Stage. Our Multi-Sensory Tour uses a variety of engagement techniques (e.g. music, handling objects etc.) to encourage individual responses. Includes a simple practical making workshop if appropriate (materials included). Use of picnic facilities (our Education Room or designated area of the sculpture park). Minimum charge is for 10 participants.
- Specialist Tour & Sculpture/Drawing Workshop (up to 5 hours, maximum 30 students) – £10
Our Standard Tour plus additional time to discover more about exhibited artists, their ideas and processes, through practical making or extended drawing activities and discussion. Materials included. Use of picnic facilities (our Education Room or designated area of the sculpture park). Minimum charge is for 10 participants.
If you are a school or other educational organisation and are interested in making a visit, please see our summary of all the above information: RCET Visits enquiry Info
To book a group visit for schools, colleges, universities and specialist groups please contact us to discuss your requirements and we will send you a booking form.
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The Roche Court Educational Trust offer guided tours of the Sculpture Park, Gallery and Artists House with specialist staff lasting up to 2 hours. Prices vary depending on the group’s needs but as a guide, a 2 hour tour with tea and cake in our Education Room is £15 per person (£10 per person without refreshments). Minimum charge is for 10 people.
To book an adult group visit please contact us to discuss your requirements and we will send you a booking form.
View guidelines: School, College, University and young person’s visit check list or for adult group guidelines: Group Visit check list
To view where we are on the map and get directions from your location see here
A proforma risk assessment is available for the park and can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org but please note that all groups are responsible for doing their own risk assessment.
Although every effort is taken to ensure visitors safety no responsibility can be accepted for any accident or loss by the Roche Court Educational Trust or the New Art Centre.
* Full terms and conditions of photography will be explained prior and during your planned visit.