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'I thought the artworks were interesting and not just for my age but for all ages. It showed me that art doesn't have to be done by pen and paper. It showed me that art can be done in many different but interesting ways.'
Quote from a Year 9 pupil after visiting NGCA

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art's education and outreach programme provides opportunities for people to access and engage with the gallery and its exhibitions.  The programme provides a range of public activities and events for families and early years, young people and adults.

The gallery runs a programme of talks, tours, workshops and projects. In the past we have worked with primary and secondary schools, youth groups, community groups, colleges and Universities, individuals and families.

NGCA offers artist-led sessions, which involve investigation, discussion and activities based on the theme of the current exhibitions. Sessions are tailored to suit a range of groups from formal and non-formal education groups and can be adapted to suit varying ages and abilities.

The NGCA Education and Outreach Programme offers:

  • Opportunities to engage in high-quality artist led creative activities stimulated by viewing of contemporary art exhibitions at NGCA.
  • Artist led workshops for schools and community groups, both in the gallery and in the school / group setting.
  • School visits, tour of the gallery and workshops led by professional artists.
  • An online learning resource for Sunderland schools and groups.
  • School holiday activities for children, young people and families.

For more information please contact Kathryn Brame, Engagement & Development Coordinator on 0191 515 5544, or e-mail


Pupil participating in workshop at NGCA

Gallery preview of work made by pupils
from 3 Sunderland Secondary Schools

A drop-in family workshop