Learning at Chester Visual Arts

Chester Visual Arts is pleased to offer free learning opportunities for students studying GCSE & A Level at Secondary Schools as well as College and University Students

Ben Laposky, Oscillon 40, c-type photographic print, USA, 1952. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Sanford Museum

The Learning Programme aims to encourage students to engage and participate through guided tours, workshops, special events and school visits, allowing students to visit and respond to the exhibition and artworks.

“The exhibition included lots of different ways to create art work, which was very inspiring.”
 “I really enjoyed listening to the stories behind the work and what inspired each individual artist.”
“It inspired me to do something I love!”
“Thank you so much for your well-informed and richly packed presentation last week. It was a privilege for all of us to hear your articulate delivery, and to experience exposure to so many ideas in a coherent and accessible way. You cleverly pitched well for the majority exam students and also made time for younger keen participants who were eager to share and contribute.“
The Learning Programme at Chester Visual Arts,
  • Travelling Presentation. Suitable for a lunchtime or classroom event on school premises. The presentation offers a guided virtual tour of the exhibition through still images, descriptions and insight into the works.*
  • Exhibition On Instagram. An opportunity for students and teachers to experience and respond to an active conversation about the pieces in the exhibition. An ideal learning opportunity for students to engage with the works at their own level, interest, pace and convenience. @learningCVA – Learning Chester Visual Arts

  • Private Guided Tours. Providing specialist insight into current exhibitions.
  • Teacher Planning Support. To address specific education requirements such as:
    • Drawing
    • Creative Writing
    • Responding to work and discussions
    • Practical sessions with materials (Schools must supply and transport their own materials. Workshop space is provided.)
  • Self-Guided Tours. Please book any group visit in advance.
  • All learning opportunities are suitable for students studying GCSE & A Level at secondary schools as well as college and university students.

* Travelling Presentations are conducted by a member of our staff who has received a clear enhanced DBS check and who has completed a Basic Awareness Course on Safeguarding Children in Education.


Georg Nees, Untitled, Screenprint, after a computer-generated drawing, Germany, 1970. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Georg Nees

If you are interested in booking an education tour or workshop, please contact Melissa Dilworth, Learning Programme Manager at learning@chestervisualarts.org.uk to discuss further. Space is limited so please book early. Please note – submitting a request does not guarantee your booking.

Important Details

  • We can accommodate groups of up to 18 students and two staff members. We may combine smaller groups of students but will inform you ahead of time. (The number will not exceed 18 students.)
  • Whilst it may be most appropriate for Art and Design & Technology students it is open to all students studying GCSE & A Level at secondary schools as well as college and university students.
  • The venue is fully accessible.
  • We are able to accommodate on-site parking for up to one coach.
  • Our address is The Old Library, Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2EF
  • During exhibitions we are able to accommodate workshops and tours Monday to Friday, 11am – 5pm and are also open to the public from Wednesday to Saturday, 11am – 5pm.
  • The exhibition runs from Friday 30 November 2018 to Saturday 16 March 2019.

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