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FAQ Schools and Teachers

Does Arnolfini offer gallery sessions for schools?


Arnolfini welcomes visits from schools and other education organisations. All our visits are facilitated by our experienced Learning Team. We encourage dialogue and exchange to support and challenge. We also use practical activities to explore ideas, methods and processes, responding to the multiple ways in which students interpret contemporary artwork.


Do you offer bespoke gallery sessions for schools?

Visits are bespoke depending on age, interest of the group and curriculum connections. Most importantly we want visits to be relevant to you and your students.


Please contact our Learning Team to discuss your specific requirements.


What is your recommended group size for visits?

We can accommodate any group sizes but recommend no more than a class (20-25) for practical sessions.


When do we need to book a visit by?

Please contact us at least 4 weeks in advance of your intended visit. Please note we are closed on Mondays.


If you would like to book a visit, please complete the booking form or have to hand the following information:

  • Dates and preferred time of your visit
  • Year group and any special learning needs/requirements of your pupils
  • Number of pupils and accompanying adults
  • School address and telephone number
  • School email address
  • Type of visit (introduction/discussion/ practical workshop/gallery tour)
  • Special interest e.g current exhibition, theme


Do you charge for school visits?

Introductory tours are free but practical workshops are charged please contact the Learning Team or see schools and teachers page for details.


What other facilities can Arnolfini offer our students?

Our light and dark studios are available to book for students to work in or eat lunch.  Our Reading Room houses research material and can be used to enhance study visits.   The Arnolfini bookshop also contains a wide range of books and resources on a variety of artists and art forms.


Can we make a pre-visit?

Teachers are welcome to make pre-visits to Arnolfini.  Arnolfini is open 11am -6pm Tuesday-Sunday.

Please see What's On for information on current and upcoming exhibitions.


We also offer ‘Teacher Preview’ evenings for each exhibition, in which you can visit the galleries, tour the exhibition with members of the learning and curatorial team, discuss and develop ideas for pre and post trip activities and ask questions. Future events can be found on the Learning page.


Is there parking near to Arnolfini?


If travelling by car or coach please follow brown tourism signs to the nearest car park, The Grove.  See our Visit page FFI.

Is there somewhere to store coats and bags?


Coats and bags can be stored in the Light Studio if booked in advance or on coat racks which can be locked away for safety.   Please let us know if you will require this facility when booking your visit.


Is there somewhere for school groups to eat lunch?


Booked groups may arrange to eat their lunch in the Light Studio.  Please let us know if you would like to book this facility when making your booking.


What is the required ratio of adults to children?

Department for Education guidelines suggest the following adult to pupil ratios:

  • EYFS, higher than 1:6
  • Years 1–3, 1:6
  • Years 4–6, 1:10–15

Please note that teachers are responsible for the behaviour of their group at all times during their visit.


What are the rules within the Gallery?


  • Teachers and adult helpers are responsible for the group and must remain with them at all times.
  • Unless otherwise instructed, artworks must not be touched.
  • Unless otherwise instructed, your group can use cameras and audio/video equipment to document your visit.
  • Drawing materials (pens, pencils) are permitted in the galleries.  Please check when booking your visit if you intend to use any other materials.
  • Food and drink is not permitted in the galleries.




Does Arnolfini offer courses for Primary and Secondary teachers, PGCE Art and Design students and ITE/ITT students?


We offer one-day and twilight CPD courses for teachers ranging from an introduction to contemporary art to creative documentation techniques.   Courses are designed to equip teachers with a broad range of tools and techniques for exploring contemporary art and how best to utilise the gallery as an alternative learning environment.


Please see our Learning page FFI.

See example inset day itinerary.


We also welcome requests for bespoke inset days and sessions for ITE students.


What other resources can you offer teachers?


We offer ‘Teacher Preview’ evenings for each exhibition, in which you can visit the galleries with our learning team, develop ideas for pre and post trip activities and ask any questions that you may have.