Groups of students from schools, academies, colleges and SEN centres are welcome to visit the Centre.
- We can accommodate up to 90 students at a time.
- Groups can visit our permanent collections and our temporary special exhibitions.
- All group visits must be booked in advance.
- Admission to the collections is free of charge, and schools and student groups pay a reduced price for chargeable special exhibitions.
You can choose to work independently, or with our gallery staff, artist educators, and volunteer guides. No two visits are the same, as all visits are tailored to suit the needs of each group, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.
Our team of volunteer guides offer tours of the collections and exhibitions. They can give general introductions to the Centre and the displays, or they can give themed tours on specific subjects, or to relate to your project. Tours are generally about 45 minutes in length. Large groups are sub-divided so that there are approximately 15 students with each Guide. We are usually able to offer more than one tour at a time, so all students can begin their day with this if required. Guided tours are free of charge to schools and students groups. Tours must be booked in advance.
We also offer 90 minute workshops for groups of up to 30 students. We develop the content of each workshop in response to the needs of each group, based on what you want your students to gain from the experience. Although a wide range of things are possible, there are two basic type workshops for you to choose from: practical, creative workshops led by Artists, or object-handling sessions delivered by a team of gallery staff and using genuine artefacts from around the world. The majority of workshops take place in our purpose-built studio, but we can also run sessions outside or in the galleries.
The charge for a group workshop is £180. Discounts are available to members of our Friends scheme.
You are welcome to spend as much time as you want at the Centre, and you can divide your time as you choose. Many groups opt to spend 4 or 5 hours with us, arriving around 10am and staying until 2:30pm.
If you choose to spend the day at the Sainsbury Centre , you are welcome to eat packed lunches outside, or you can use our Crescent Wing reception area if the weather is bad. If you bring more than 30 children to visit the Centre, it may be necessary for you to stagger lunch breaks for several smaller groups.