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 Still Undead: Popular Culture in Britain Beyond the Bauhaus

Notes for Teachers

Teacher's Resource Box

Information Sheet for Visiting Groups

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

20 pupils aged 14 - 17 years, from Nottingham City Schools and further will take part in a unique week of work experience, Monday 8 - Friday 12 July 2019. Hosted by Nottingham Contemporary and delivered in partnership with Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, New Art Exchange and Backlit Gallery. They will take part in experiences with artists, programmers, curators and technicians across venues and gain an insight into the variety of careers within the arts.

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.