Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education settings, awarded by Arts Council England, recognising their commitment to high quality arts and cultural education. 

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is proud to be supporting schools and education settings on their Artsmark journey, inspiring children and young people to create, experience, and participate in great arts and culture.

We offer education settings who are working towards, or currently hold an Artsmark Award, with the following opportunities:

First hand experiences of art from across the globe spanning 5000 years, housed in a building famous for its high-tech architecture. We welcome student groups from EYFS to HE to explore the Sainsbury Centre Collection, Sculpture Park and changing temporary exhibitions

Free teacher’s resources which suggest ideas and prompts for creating a sketchbook of responses and drawings while in the galleries. There is also information on the collectors Robert and Lisa Sainsbury, key artworks often popular with student groups, and the building itself. Here is a list of themes which connect to the collection.

Inspiring experiences with our pool of local artist-educators who can share their trajectories through their creative careers. The artists provide new skills and ways of thinking about art and objects, in relation to the collection and topics students are studying at school.

Workshops in our dedicated studio space are 1.5 hours long and cost £180 for up to 30 students. Creative tours include making, looking and discussion in direct response to the art on display, cost £50 for up to 30 students and last for 45 minutes.

Extended projects created in conversation with the learning team, teachers and artist-educators. Previous projects have included life drawing sessions for GSCE and A Level students, artist residencies at an Infant and Nursery school, offsite visits to coastal schools followed by a pop up display in the learning studio, and setting live briefs which result in new collection resources.  

Free CPD teacher’s afternoons in the gallery and studio with professional artist-educators. These termly sessions develop ways to enable confident student responses to encounters with art and share ideas for using art objects to inspire cross-curricular projects. We can also offer bespoke, artist-led CPD to support specific aims on your Artsmark journey – get in touch to discuss further.

Support with evaluation and evidencing experiences students undertake at the gallery

Find out more about Artsmark at

To find out how the Sainsbury Centre can support your Artsmark journey, contact the Schools team at