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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.