Art and Design Community

Many museums, galleries and large libraries offer a comprehensive range of free-of-charge resources to teachers and learners, both online and face to face.

Many of these resources offer exciting opportunities to young artists. They enrich and enhance the study and/or teaching of Art and Design. They can be used to stimulate creative approaches to design and encourage holistic thinking, enterprise skills, observational and analytical skills and information and digital literacy.

Teachers have recommended all the museums and galleries featured. We have gathered information from them to give you details of what they have to offer, all in one place.

To see what each institution offers, simply click the logo. In many cases the resources can be tailored to suit your needs. If you have used resources you think may benefit others, please let us know by contacting art@aqa.org.uk

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See our Art and Design higher education community for free resources and services from universities and art colleges.


AccessArt

AccessArt is a UK registered charity that aims to inspire and enable high quality visual arts teaching and learning. Aimed at teachers of all key stages and beyond, the AccessArt website is an evolving collection of artist-inspired visual arts teaching resources based upon tried and tested artist-led teaching.

More information | AccessArt website

AccessArt website

Design Museum

The Design Museum‘s programme for schools and colleges brings the creative world of contemporary design into the lives of students and teachers alike. Complementing and extending Design and Technology, Art and Design, Enterprise education and other creative curriculum areas, our free resources and activities offer fresh insights into design practice today.

More information | Design Museum website

Design Museum website

Henry Moore Foundation - Leeds

Free sculpture exhibition centre, sculpture library and archive in the heart of Leeds, with a changing programme.

More information | Henry Moore Foundation - Leeds website

Henry Moore Foundation - Leeds website

Henry Moore Foundation - Perry Green

Former home, studios, and sculpture grounds of artist Henry Moore. 70 acres of outdoor sculpture in beautiful countryside, with studios showing Moore‘s working process from maquette to monumental piece.

More information | Henry Moore Foundation - Perry Green website

Henry Moore Foundation - Perry Green website

Impressions Gallery

Impressions Gallery is one of the UK‘s leading independent venues for photography and shows the best of today‘s photographers. Located in the heart of Bradford‘s city centre overlooking the new City Park, we are a free public gallery offering talks, events, a specialist bookshop and frequently changing exhibitions.

More information | Impressions Gallery website

Impressions Gallery website

Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum

We offer free resources for teachers to lead school visits on a number of curriculum topics for key stages 1 and 2. Follow a trail around the gallery, or use our free activity boxes which cover Ancient Egypt, the Victorians, World War II and Geography.

More information | Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum website

Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum website

Saatchi Gallery

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. We aim to provide teachers and learners with the best on-site and outreach support. Via our website you can access information packs and teacher‘s free resources on our current exhibition.

More information | Saatchi Gallery website

Saatchi Gallery website

The British Library

The British Library is the national library of the UK and one of the largest in the world. It houses a collection of over 150 million items, including a copy of every book published each year in the UK. The collection is vast and includes literary manuscripts, printed books, maps, ephemera, sound recordings and photographs.

More information | The British Library website

The British Library website

The British Museum

The British Museum has an unrivalled collection of art from around the world and across centuries. It has excited and inspired artists, from Henry Moore in the twentieth century to Grayson Perry, Marc Quinn and Antony Gormley today.

More information | The British Museum website

The British Museum website

The National Centre for Craft and Design

The National Centre for Craft & Design offers a wealth of free learning opportunities for Schools, Colleges and Universities including free guided tours, iPad workshops and The Big Toy Factory. All activity is cross-curricular and has been specially designed to provide innovative and accessible experiences which enable participants to learn not only in context, but also by personal engagement and discovery.

More information | The National Centre for Craft and Design website

The National Centre for Craft and Design website

The National Gallery

The National Gallery houses one of the greatest collections of Western European painting in the world and is open to all with free entrance 361 days a year. The Education Department offers a variety of services for secondary groups.

More information | The National Gallery website

The National Gallery website

The Oxford University Museums and Collections

The Oxford University Museums and Collections comprise six world-renowned collections, all of which offer rich and exciting opportunities for young artists to research. These are The Pitt Rivers Museum, The Ashmolean,The Oxford University Museum of Natural History , The Museum of the History of Science, the historic Oxford Botanic Garden and the Harcourt Arboretum.

More information | The Oxford University Museums and Collections website

The Oxford University Museums and Collections website

The Roche Court Educational Trust

The Roche Court Educational Trust, based at the New Art Centre Sculpture Park and Gallery near Salisbury, runs a wide variety of innovative Educational events for students and teachers including competitions.

More information | The Roche Court Educational Trust website

The Roche Court Educational Trust website

The Shipley Art Gallery

The Shipley Art Gallery is home to the largest collection of Contemporary Craft outside London and includes work by leading makers in a wide variety of media such as, ceramics, wood, metal, glass, textiles and jewellery.

More information | The Shipley Art Gallery website

The Shipley Art Gallery website

The Southbank Centre

Southbank Centreā€˜s programme for schools and colleges offers opportunities to watch, explore, take part in and learn about literature and visual arts.

More information | The Southbank Centre website

The Southbank Centre website