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Turner Contemporary – School Trips, Gallery Tours & Workshops for Primary & Secondary Schools

With world-class art and breath taking sea views you’ll never be short of inspiration at Turner Contemporary.

Entry to the gallery is free. Book a visit to support teaching across the curriculum and learning outside of the classroom. We offer a range of options for schools, language schools, colleges and all other school age groups to encourage new ways of seeing, thinking and learning.

You can download our learning resource connected with our current exhibition, We Will Walk – Art and Resistance in the American South, here.

Gallery Introduction

  • 20 minute Introduction
  • Suitable for KS1 and up, and Language Schools
  • £25 + VAT for a group of up to 33 students and their accompanying adults

Turner Contemporary is located on the site where J.M.W Turner, one of the most famous artists in the world, came to create. Hear from gallery staff to uncover his story and find out more about the gallery, cultural regeneration, and the current exhibition on display.

Tours & Workshops

All activities are led by our navigators who are trained in Philosophy for Children and are experts in engaging groups with the exhibitions.

Tours and workshops are suitable for up to 33 students per class.

Gallery Tour

  • 60 minute tour
  • Suitable for KS1 and up, and Language Schools
  • £3.50 per head + VAT, minimum of 10 per group (or minimum cost of £35 + VAT)

A gallery tour but not as you know it! Our navigators skilfully guide you through the exhibitions, encouraging creative questioning as they go along.

Outdoor Tour: Turner and the Elements

  • 60 minute tour
  • Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2
  • £4 per head + VAT, minimum of 10 per group (or minimum cost of £40 + VAT)

Adventure outside of the gallery to experience Margate and the elements through the eyes of landscape painter J.M.W. Turner. During this interactive tour, pupils will learn about their local heritage and make their own watercolour paintings to take back to school, inspired by the dramatic surrounding scenery.

This tour is designed to run in all weather conditions. Please ensure pupils are appropriately dressed for the weather. In extreme weather conditions the tour will be modified to run inside the gallery.

Sensory Session

  • 60 minute session
  • Suitable for Reception, Key Stage 1 – 2 and SEND groups
  • £3.50 per head + VAT, minimum of 10 per group (or minimum cost £35 + VAT)

Use tactile materials to make a collaborative response to the art around you in this sensory workshop.

 Self-Directed Visits

Explore our vibrant changing exhibitions programme with your group for free, supported by our exhibition resources.

Please let us know you are coming in advance to your visit so we can ensure you have the best possible experience.

Arts Award & Artsmark

We can support children and young people achieve their Arts Award at different levels through tours, workshops and our work experience offer.

Embarking on your Artsmark journey? Work with us to help embed arts and culture across the curriculum. Get in touch with the learning team to discuss how.

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