GRAD welcomes visits by school and university groups and is open to educational collaborations

Through our changing programme of exhibitions, we aim to share our specialist knowledge in ways that capture the imagination, inspire creativity and spark new ideas. Our visitors have included secondary schools, undergraduate students and adult learners from as far afield as Moscow, Boston or Ghent. Our programme can support a wide-range of disciplines and we have welcomed students of art history, graphic design, sculpture, film, media and many other related fields.


Educational visits to GRAD Gallery are free.


If you would like to bring a group, please contact our Learning and Outreach Officer who can organise a guided tour or other tailored activities: [email protected].


Please note we have a range of digital resources to support your teaching around our exhibitions.



SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES

At GRAD we aim to make our gallery and its exhibitions accessible to all. We can offer your school or college the following educational workshops:



GUIDED GALLERY TALKS

Available to Key Stages 3, 4 and 5
One hour, maximum 25 students per session (materials provided)

Our accessible and interactive gallery talks are led by experienced art historians and artist-educators. Students will learn about our exhibitions in ways that capture the imagination, inspire creativity and spark new ideas. Sessions can be tailored to fit your current curriculum and may include short practical activities.



GRAD WORKSHOPS

Available to Key Stages 3, 4, and 5
One or two hours, maximum 25 students per session

GRAD workshops are led by experienced artist-educators. Following an introduction to the current exhibition, students will take part in a practical workshop relating to aspects of it. Students will be encouraged to investigate different ways of responding to the works, through a variety drawing techniques and media. Drawing materials and paper will be provided but please ensure pupils bring their own sketchbooks.



CURATOR-LED EXHIBTION TOURS

Key Stage 5 +
30 minutes < one hour, maximum 25 students per session (subject to availability)

Our curator-led tours offer students an insight into the subject of our latest exhibition, as well as the process involved in curating it. Sessions may include short practical curation activities led by one of our gallery educators.



SCHOOLS’ PROJECTS

Available to Key Stages 3, 4, and 5
One hour gallery visit, followed by a two hour outreach session in your school
Maximum 20 students per session

GRAD runs a range of collaborative projects for schools locally and nationally. These projects include an initial visit to the gallery, followed by a tailored outreach session in your school (practical and/or art historical).



RUSSIAN LANGUAGE TOURS AND WORKSHOPS

Key Stages 3, 4, and 5
One hour, led by a native Russian speaker, maximum 20 students per session

Tailored to fit your curriculum and study requirements, our tours will encourage your students’ language development in an interactive, engaging manner. Students will learn about works on display and the context in which they were created through a combination of practical speaking, listening, and writing activities.




FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION

For students in Further and Higher Education, GRAD can offer the following sessions tailored to fit your syllabus and study requirements:


GUIDED GALLERY TOURS
GRAD WORKSHOPS
CURATOR-LED EXHIBITION TOURS (subject to availability)
SPECIALIST WORKSHOPS
RUSSIAN LANGUAGE TOURS AND WORKSHOPS



SELF GUIDED VISITS

Self-guided visits to the gallery are available to Schools, Colleges and Universities every day except Sundays and Mondays and times when the Gallery is closed for installation.



Please note we have a range of digital resources to support your teaching around our exhibitions.




PREVIOUS EDUCATION PROJECTS:




GUIDELINES FOR EDUCATION GROUPS

GRAD’s innovative learning programme brings new insights into Russian art, design and culture in ways that capture the imagination, inspire creativity and spark new ideas. We aim to make our gallery and its exhibitions accessible to all. In addition, our online resources offer support for your teaching around our exhibitions.


To ensure your visit to GRAD is successful please observe the following guidelines:



COMMENTS


“On behalf of myself and all my students I want to say a massive thank you for making Friday’s visit to GRAD such an engaging, informative and enjoyable experience. Your talk was very enlightening and several of my students have already told me how much they enjoyed it. So thank you again so much for your time and efforts – which are hugely appreciated. I know my students have benefitted greatly from this. I hope we may be able to visit GRAD again at some point in the not too distant future.”


Senior Lecturer, Bristol University



“We were all impressed and very much enjoyed your exhibition, which was especially pertinent as [the students] had just been researching Russian Constructivism and had put together their own proposals for an exhibition.
Your comments and insights about your experiences working as a curator at GRAD, and in particular the issues involved working with institutions outside the UK and focusing on Russia, were particularly interesting to everyone. They really value such practical information. There were also quite a few comments made by the curators about your attention to detail in the displays and in the appeal of the overall exhibition design. You have held some fascinating exhibitions so far […] and it will be interesting to see how you transform the gallery space with your next exhibitions.
Thank you again for talking to us and we look forward to visiting you again”


Visiting tutor, MA Curating Contemporary Design, Kingston University



“The final session at GRAD was just brilliant. Knowing the students who came, I think you reached some who really needed that experience, and they certainly got a great deal from it.”


Team Leader of Visual Arts, City and Islington College