MK Gallery
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We strive for high quality creative encounters that encourage the nurturing of an innate curiosity in children and young people. The programme provides experiences that extend the enjoyment of the arts and children’s creative possibilities beyond the traditional classroom setting.

Learning at MK Gallery

MK Gallery’s Learning Programme aims to support and complement the National Curriculum whilst promoting the importance of cultural learning among children and young people. We deliver a diverse range of fun, experimental and challenging learning activities for pupils of all ages.

How to book

All group visits, including self-guided visits, must be booked in advance. For further information and to enquire about booking, or to receive free, regular updates about opportunities for schools, contact MK Gallery’s Learning Team: / 01908 676900.

Why the arts matter in education

The arts are a crucial part of a broad and balanced curriculum – they equip children with the creativity and innovation needed for 21st century employment, and with essential life skills such as collaboration, communication and problem solving. Reports show that studying the arts can raise attainment in Maths and English and employers are calling for a workforce with both scientific and creative skills. (CLA, 2017)

Participation in the arts develops children’s confidence in their ability to think, question, explore, and contribute to the world around them. They give children a creative outlet to explore and express emotion and can reduce stress, improve wellbeing, raise self-esteem and develop social skills. Studies and research have found that children who regularly take part in arts activities are more resilient, healthier and do better in school. (CLA, 2017).

Recent Projects:

Outdoor Learning: Exhibition Stowe 

Young Dancer of the year 

Challenges by this provider

Fee Structures:

Across all stages from Early Years to Post 16, including SEND and home education, we can provide a variety of experiences. From Scout About tours (£105 for one hour) to Artist micro-residences (from £600 –multiple sessions), the gallery provides a range of experiences for learners.

All schools sessions are available for groups of approximately 32 pupils / 1 class. It may be possible to split the duration of a session to accommodate more than one class.

Staff Training:

We strongly believe in the use of creativity as a powerful tool for learning, development and change. Through partnerships with specialist organisations such as Early Arts, the Royal Institute of British Architects and 5x5x5=creativity, MK Gallery offers a range of teacher CPD and networking opportunities. We are happy to speak to schools to discuss their specific requirements.


Reference 1: Sandra Ottaway, Deputy Headteacher, Caroline Haslett Primary School, 01908 231101 /

Reference 2: Laura Boddington, Art Teacher, St Paul's Catholic School, 01908 373640 /

Other Information:

Parking / Coach Parking: Available

Public Liability Insurance: Held

Safeguarding: MK Gallery is able to provide a copy of its safeguarding policy upon request. All of our Associate Artists are DBS checked.

Arts Award Offered: Discover & Explore

Arts Award Supporter

Contact Name
Tara Sheldon
900 Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes, MK9 3QA
01908 676900