Secondary School

Looking for an inspirational experience to kick-start a new topic? Want to give your pupils something memorable and exciting to write about? Do you struggle to find the time/skills to deliver art amongst an already packed curriculum? We can help with all of these and more!

Visiting working art studios, meeting real artists at work, experiencing exhibitions first-hand and creating original artwork in response, can be incredibly inspiring for pupils and teachers alike. It offers a glimpse into a world of creativity, characters and careers and that pupils may never have known existed. We appreciate that it can be costly, time consuming and stressful to bring pupils out on visits, but we’re here to help you get the most from your visit and make sure it’s remembered for all the right reasons.

Teach Meet

Our Teach Meet sessions are aimed at Primary/Secondary school teachers, TAs and Art Coordinators. Through this friendly, supportive group we share ideas, advice on art materials, and lots of tips and advice on how to enhance a creative curriculum.

With activity ideas for all ages, using materials you probably already have in school, you will be inspired by ideas to take back to the classroom and run with your pupils.

Teach Meet sessions are run by Ami Hallgarth, Schools Programme Manager and guest artists. We will be happy to show you around the building and discuss individual enquiries about school visits.

We’ll have plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits to keep us going!

Please book your free place through our website, or by e-mailing

Future Teach Meet dates are:

Tuesday 15 January | 4-5pm | Art in a Box with Sarah O’Boyle | FREE

Tuesday 26 March | 4-5pm | Easter Activities with Ami Hallgarth | £15

Tuesday 21 May | 4-5pm | Site Specific Art Installation with Harriet Lawton | £15

Tuesday 2 July | 4-5pm | Halifax Heritage through Textiles with Harriet Lawton | £15

Each session is £15.

3 sessions can be booked for a discounted price of £37.50



Drawing Through Stitch With Harriet Lawton

This workshop will explore the relationship between drawing and stitch through a range of creative processes. Starting with a series of experimental drawing activities, students will then use a range of processes to build up their textile illustrations from drawings, including textile collage, free machine embroidery and hand stitch.

Cost: from £175 | Duration: 2 hours or full day


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Observational Drawing

Pupils will develop looking and drawing skills, using a range of materials and techniques, to explore perspective, line, tone, scale and form. Choose a focus of either - Drawing Portraits and the Figure or Drawing from Nature.

Duration: 2 hrs | Cost: £165



Learn how to use create a variety of small or large-scale prints, using paper or fabric. We can link the printmaking to a wide range of topics, including African textiles, to Maths, to Portraits.

Choose from a variety of techniques: Safe-print or Foam Print – suitable for KS1-KS2, Monoprinting or Collograph – using metallic boards and collaged textured papers

Duration: 2 hrs | Numbers: 30 children max | Cost: £175


Secondary - Teacher-Led Visits

Free of charge 

  • Lead your own visit around the gallery 

  • You are welcome to bring sketchbooks and pencils 

Self-guided visits must be booked in advance on 01422 346900 or e-mail


Contemporary Textiles

For: Textile Students (GCSE/ A-Level)

Draw inspiration from an impressive collection of South Asian textiles, to create your own contemporary designs. Learn a range of hand-embroidery techniques and stitches to bring your designs to life.

Half Day Cost: £195 | Full Day Cost: £390 | Maximum 10 Students


Indian Textiles

For: Textile Students (GCSE/ A-Level)

Explore and handle historical and contemporary Indian textiles. Focusing on colour, pattern, shape and symbolism, students will use traditional techniques to create their own original design.

Woodblock printing – half-day

Woodblock printing and applique – full-day

Half Day Cost: £200 | Full Day Cost: £400 |Maximum 10 Students


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Booking Your Visit

If you wish to book an Artist Educator workshop for your group, either in school or in the Artworks gallery, please contact us on 01422 346900, e-mail or please fill in the initial enquiry form below. All visits must be booked in advance.