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Year-round education programme

Education is at the heart of Impressions activities and we can offer schools, colleges and community groups a range of tailored activities to engage and inspire.

Self-directed visit

Self-directed visits to the gallery are always welcome, but it would be advisable to notify us in advance of your intended visit to ensure that we are not running education workshops in the gallery at the same time.  Our website has information on current and forthcoming exhibitions and resources to help plan your visit are available here.  If you would like information about advance exhibitions, please email or call 01274 737843

Staff-introduced visit

If you would like a short 5 minute introduction to an exhibition by a member of staff, please call or email the gallery to discuss your requirements.  A maximum of 35 students at one time can be accommodated. A short introduction to the exhibition is free but must be booked at least a week in advance.

Specialist Talks

If you are interested in a more in-depth insight into our exhibition, a member of our progamming team can lead an extended session. These hour-long talks provide an overview of Impressions' history as well as a more detailed insight into our exhibition, including discussion of themes, layout and curation of the work.

These sessions are available for £150+VAT. To book please email

Special Offers for Artsmark Schools

Arts Council England’s Artsmark award celebrates schools that champion the arts and strive for excellence in their provision.

The award has been redesigned for the 2015/16 academic year by schools for schools to make it more relevant to the changing educational landscape. As such it seeks to help schools strike a balance in meeting EBACC and STEM priorities. Read more about the Artsmark award and how it works at

Impressions Gallery are currently offering schools taking part in Artsmark a special discount on our creative and interactive workshops until July 2018. To find out more click here to download our visit and workshop guide for schools 2017 to 2018

Arts Award

Impressions Gallery is an official Arts Award Supporter, the national qualification for young people in the arts.

Arts Award is a great way for young people to be inspired by and enjoy the arts and provides a framework for learning new skills and sharing them. The award is run by Arts Council England and Trinity Guildhall and is a nationally accredited qualification. Read more about Arts Award and how it works at

With trained advisers in Discover and Bronze levels, our provision is ideal for young people aged 7 to 16 and can support them to achieve many different aspects of their award.

We offer creative workshops especially designed to meet Discover Arts Award and Bronze Arts Award criteria. With special discounts for Artsmark schools until the end of June 2016.

Discover Arts Award ( KS1 and KS2 )
To find out more about our Discover Arts Award offer and how to book download a PDF here 

Bronze Arts Award ( KS3 and KS4 )

To find out more about our Bronze Arts Award offer and how to book download a PDF here

To find out more about our provision for Artsmark and Arts Award please get in touch by calling 01274 737843 or email