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What are your opening hours?

Our opening hours are:
Tuesday - 10am to 6pm
Wednesday - 10am to 6pm
Thursday - 10am to 6pm
Friday - 10am to 5pm
Saturday - 10am to 5pm
Sunday - Closed
Mondays - Closed

What class size can you accomodate?

We can accommodate upto 30 pupils at any one time. If your class is bigger than this please contact the gallery discuss your requirements.

Whether you are booking one of our activities or visiting us independently, please call in advance on 01274 737843 or email

Please ensure you have the following details prepared:

Dates and times of your proposed visit
The activity session you would like to book, if relevant 

Your full address and contact telephone number

Size and age of the group
Any SEN requirements your group have 

If you need a space for lunch and need to use our lockers

Can we bring our packed lunch?

We do not have a dedicated picnic space, however small groups are able to use the lounge area for lunches. If bringing lunch is a priority for your group please phone in advance to discuss your requirements and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Can you run a workshop for my class? How much will it cost?

We can offer short free guided tours of the current exhibition, please book at least a week in advance.

We also offer in depth visual literacy sessions. These one-hour sessions come with printed learning materials including colour images, critical text and artist sound bites. The workshops offer an in-depth learning experience focusing on our current exhibition, and also allow students to take learning materials away to support further study. Suitable for Key Stage 2 and up and all Higher Education. Each Visual Literacy Workshop is £80+VAT for a maximum of 30 students and must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

To book a visual literacy session or discuss any other requirements, including booking bespoke artist lead workshops in school, please contact our Learning Manager.

Which curriculum areas can you support?

Impressions Gallery exhibitions can support a broad range of the curriculum from Art and Design, through to Citizenship, Literacy and Humanities subjects. Our workshops can be tailored to support subjects in all key stages.

Can I take photographs in Impressions Gallery?

Photography and filming is allowed in the gallery for educational purposes. Please fill in one of our ‘permission to photograph’ forms which are available from the Welcome Desk.

We love to see groups interacting with the gallery space, to hear your thoughts on the exhibition and follow up work back in class. Email them to, tweet them to us @ImpGalleryPhoto, post them on Instagram and tag us @ImpGalleryPhoto or tag us on Facebook, search ‘Impressions Gallery’.

Is Impressions Gallery accessible?

The entrance to Impressions Gallery is at street level and power assisted doors are in operation at our main entrance. 
Impressions Gallery is on the first floor and there is a passenger lift to the first floor within the entrance area, which can carry one person in a wheelchair and a carer at a time. 
There are accessible toilets on the first floor, plus an additional separate disabled toilet.

There are large print guides (font size 17 pt) in the gallery to give you more information about the works on display. 
Guide dogs are welcome.

An induction loop is fitted at the Welcome Desk and portable hearing loops are available for tours, talks and other events in the galleries. Hearing dogs are welcome.