Schools & Colleges

Make Nottingham Contemporary your classroom. Find out about the inspiring experiences we offer and the ways we can work together.

Contemporary art sparks imaginations, challenges thinking and encourages conversations. It offers exciting routes into subjects that extend far beyond the study of art itself.

To find out more or arrange a visit, please get in touch.

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I am aiming for the children to become more confident and resilient in the world that they are growing up in. In my opinion, art facilitates this brilliantly, and encourages children to think in a way that is often hard to otherwise teach” Teacher, Highbank Primary School

"The difference in the children has been phenomenal. The children’s confidence and self-esteem has been really boosted. The best creative project we’ve done". Teacher, Huntingdon Academy

Learn with us for free

Bring your students and explore international art in our galleries – for free!

We can help you plan your visit, welcome your group and support with lots of free resources. Borrow a Resource Box filled with lots of ideas and activities to support learning and connect students with the exhibition themes. We also have resources to support emotional wellbeing, speaking and listening, creative writing, and ESOL.

Resources for Lis Rhodes coming soon:

Notes for Teachers

Teacher's Resource Box

Information Sheet

Work with an artist

Our artists can tailor workshops to the needs of your group, inspiring your students to

explore the galleries, share ideas and develop their own creative work. We warmly welcome

students of all ages, interests and abilities

Artist-led workshops cost £100 for Nottingham City schools and colleges and £125 for those outside. Want to bring two classes at the same time? Add another £55 and work with two artists.

Learning Preview

Come along to our free Learning Previews for teachers and tutors. Our team of artists will show you around and suggest creative ideas for visiting with your group and for the classroom. Explore our galleries and take part in a practical workshop, then try out our resources and network with colleagues over a glass of wine.

School Partnerships

We work in partnership with city schools to provide students and teachers opportunities to engage with art in our galleries, to work with our team of artists and develop their own creative work and exhibitions. Programmes have been generously funded by the Garcia Family Foundation, the David Ross Education Trust and Children and the Arts.

Work Experience

Take part in a unique week of work experience hosted by Nottingham Contemporary and delivered in partnership with Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, New Art Exchange and Backlit Gallery. Take part in experiences with artists, programmers, curators and technicians across sites and gain insights into the variety of careers within the arts.

We have places for 20 students to take part from Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July 2019.

To apply please email with a short statement explaining why you are interested in taking part and how you think it will support your interests and ambitions.

Placements are for students aged 14 – 17 years. Applications are welcome from students attending Nottingham City schools and beyond. However, priority will be given to students who attend city schools.

Deadline for applications is Friday 17th May 2019

Arts Award and Artsmark

Arts Award is a national qualification supporting young people to broaden their creative experiences and develop their leadership, communication and reflection skills. Our team are experienced in delivering and supporting Arts Award programmes and can deliver or help you plan supporting activity.

Artsmark is a quality standard for schools, used to plan, develop and evaluate creativity across the curriculum and to support school priorities. Get in touch and we can explore together how we can support you in your Artsmark journey.