Education

COVID-19 Update for Schools

School visits and workshops at National Glass Centre and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art are currently suspended due to Covid 19 restrictions. For more information please contact the Learning Team on [email protected].


Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art offers opportunities for schools and colleges to visit the exhibitions and participate in a range of activities.

  • Workshops linked to exhibitions

    Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art offer regular opportunities for Primary Schools to book gallery-based workshops. The workshops give pupils the chance to work with professional artists to discuss responses to the artwork and express themselves creatively through a practical activity. Over the past few years many Sunderland schools have visited and given their class the chance to experience different exhibitions of contemporary art. All workshops are for a maximum of a class and are designed for specific key stages.

  • Artist-led workshops for all age groups

    Bespoke workshops are available all year round for every age group – contact us to discuss your requirements.

    Sessions can be inspired by the exhibition programme or designed to link with your current topic or scheme of work.

  • Self-led visits

    We encourage groups to visit the gallery during term time, and to make use of our learning spaces. It is advisable to ring the gallery in advance of a visit to ensure the availability of rooms. Group leaders are strongly advised to make a preliminary planning visit to check the suitability of exhibitions for their group and to prepare their own risk assessment. Find out more here 

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  • How to book/Contact us

    Our workshops are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

    Booking is easy; contact a member of our Learning and Engagement Team to plan your visit:

    Call: 0191 515 5523

    Email: [email protected]

    Please have the following information ready:

    • Preferred dates of your visit
    • School contact details, including email contact for the lead teacher
    • Number and age group of students. Minimum 15, maximum 30
    • Number of adults. Our ratios are 1:6 for primary schools and 1:15 for secondary schools.