Our team of volunteer Guides are able to offer tours of the galleries. They can give general introductions to the centre, the collections and exhibitions, or they can give themed tours linked specifically to projects. Tours are approximately 45 minutes in duration. Large groups are sub-divided so that there are about 15 students with each Guide. Several tours can take place at the same time.
A guided tour can help to set the scene, orientate you and could stimulate thinking about the design of the building and the galleries. An introduction to the collections will be an excellent starting point for exploring different styles of art from around the world, and for making connections between objects, personal experiences, ideas and cultures. Our Guides will highlight a selection of objects which may include personal favourites, a tiny object that could be easily missed, or a famous masterpiece which you simply have to see. These tours will demonstrate the enormous variety of the collection.
A themed tour will help your students to focus on objects which will be relevant to their project. Our Guides will draw on their broad knowledge of the collection, their personal research and special areas of interest to help you to gain a deeper understanding of part of the collection.
To become a Guide, our volunteers all undertake a year-long training course led by gallery staff, education professionals, and art historians. They all encouraged to pursue their own interests and to develop a personal approach to giving tours. Tours are quite informal, and students are invited to ask questions and share their individual responses.
Guided Tour of the Collection