Student Workshops for Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh
Presented by Viking Cruises

* Please note that while we do not charge for school workshops, for paid exhibitions there is an entry ticket price, please see Booking a School Visit for details*

Toy Theatre workshop

Students will explore the important process of ‘the last trial’, which follows Osiris, Lord of the Underworld, and his final judgment whether the dead indeed have a pure heart and can enter the afterlife. Students will explore the Egyptian gods and goddesses and their role in this trial, and work together to design the characters and theatre set to bring the scene to life! Please see here for the full overview and workshop resources if you would like to try the workshop at home.

Sacred Symbols Workshop

Students will discover the symbolic artefacts discovered in Tutankhamun’s tomb and explore their meaning. Taking inspiration from existing sacred objects, such as the ankh emblematic of eternal life or the falcon which provided protection and safe passage to the afterlife, to create or invent their own object to assist King Tut in his journey. If you would like to try this workshop at home please see here for the full overview, workshop resources, and short video showing you the process.

Painted Boxes workshop

In this workshop students will explore the many boxes and their contents discovered in Tutankhamun’s tomb. Taking inspiration from the highly decorated artefacts to design a box to include hieroglyphics, Ancient Egyptian symbols, or a painted scene referencing the king’s name, life and status. If you would like to try this workshop at home please see here for the full overview, workshop resources, and short video showing you the process.

Cartouche & Hieroglyphics workshop

Students will explore the Ancient Egyptian cartouche and hieroglyphics, the cartouche being a symbolic oval in which the king’s birth name and throne name were traditionally written. Students will experiment with paper cut-outs, personalising an oval with their name in hieroglyphics, and adding additional symbols in which to represent themselves. This workshop will encourage students to gain a greater understanding of this ancient form of communication. If you would like to try this workshop at home please see here for the full overview, workshop resources, and short video showing you the process.

Illustrated Narrative workshop

In this workshop, students will create an illustrated piece responding to the historical narratives and Ancient Egyptian mythology that is portrayed throughout the exhibition. They can take inspiration from Tutankhamun’s own life, the discovery of the tomb by Howard Carter, the journey to the afterlife, or the legendary curse of the pharaohs. Please see here for the full overview and workshop resources if you would like to try the workshop at home.


Sweet Harmony: Rave Today

Neon Graphics workshop

James Alec Hardy Workshop examples

Students will create graphic pieces with a contemporary twist reflecting the vibe of Rave culture and the themes of the Sweet Harmony exhibition. Students will respond to the visual aesthetic of James Alec Hardy's work with inspiration from Chelsea-Louise Berlin and Kraftwerk's graphic collection. Themes such as music, party, protest and alternative perspectives will be explored through colour, shape, composition, image & text. Using a mixture of materials including neon and coloured papers, paint pens, magazines and newspaper cuttings.

Protest workshop

Immo Klink/ Extinction Rebellion Workshop examples

Students will be inspired by the exhibition themes of protest and activism, exploring the work of photographers’ Immo Klink, Mattko, and Mathew Wilkinson alongside the graphic style of Chelsea Louise Berlin and Kraftwerk’s collections. Working in collaboration (much like the collaborative nature of protest groups) to create protest placards, banners or posters, using various methods and materials including collage, paint, marker pens, and paper.

Music Vision workshop

Carsten Nicolai Lost Souls of Saturn Workshop examples

Students will explore Carsten Nicolai, Lost Souls of Saturn, and James Alec Hardy's style of work by responding to music through colour, light, pattern and composition using coloured acetates, markers, pens, and tapes. During the workshop the students will listen to the exhibition's playlist 'Sweet Harmony Sounds' in which to respond to, working within a black frame to collage layers of colour and shape to transfer music into design.


SNAP your way to the Saatchi - budding photographer’s chance to win big!

If you've ever wanted to see your photography work on the walls of a famous gallery, this could be your big chance. Renowned BAFTA award-winning photographer Alison Jackson is curating a new competition which asks budding photographers to show her and a panel of judges "a day in your life". Those behind the winning shots will see their work on the walls of Chelsea's Saatchi Gallery, where some of the most influential names in the art world have exhibited.

Applicants are encouraged to have fun with the brief, answering it however they see fit. Perhaps you think a day in your life is wildly unique, or maybe you feel your day-to-day is more mundane than manic. Whatever makes up your day, get creative, think outside the box and share.

Both the youth (age 13 to 18) and adult (age 18 to 35) categories have a range of prizes to be won – as if the chance to exhibit at the Saatchi gallery wasn’t enough you could also win up to £1000, a membership to Royal Photographic Society and fantastic photo and film courses at the University of the Arts, RCA, and Heatherleys.

If you’re interested, get snapping because the deadline is midnight on Friday 21st June. Visit the competition website for the full brief and details of how to apply. It couldn’t be easier to enter simply upload your images on Instagram and tag it #dayinyourlifecompetition

Good luck!


The Education Department is pleased to announce a new collaboration with poet LIONHEART. The programme will offer students aged between 10-16 years old the opportunity to explore and react to work within the gallery, creating their own poems and fusing together the visual and written arts. The sessions will run from 10.30-2.30pm on April 15th, 16th and 17th 2019.

For further information on how to get involved pleased contact

Student Reflections of Black Mirror: Art as Social Satire

The Education Department were delighted to recently view these pieces of work made in the gallery by students from Drumbeat and ASD Services. Inspired by the work of John Stezaker, who was showing as part of Black Mirror: Art as Social Satire, students produced their own versions of the 'Mask' series. This work is currently being displayed in the school's main reception area.

If your students have been inspired to produce work based on any of our exhibitions, please email them to We would love to see them!

Previous Workshops for Kaleidoscope

Tillman Kaiser: 'Stamping'

'Don't Know If I Look
Up or Down'
Workshop examples

Students will replicate Tillman Kaiser's technique (silkscreen printing) by making stencils and stamps from a variety of materials into a range of geometric shapes. The workshop will combine different mediums such as paint and pencils, as well as techniques including printing and drawing to achieve the effect of Kaiser's minimal yet precise and detailed style.

Tillman Kaiser: ‘Shape Shifting’

'Schatten' Workshop examples

Using cardboard students will reinterpret Tillman Kaiser’s sculptor pieces. Students will work in pairs or small groups, in order to create their own 3D contemporary art. Kaiser’s work embraces how effective simplicity can be, which is what the students should aim to replicate. The workshop will focus on techniques such as layering, folding, cutting and sticking. Students will be encouraged to think about form and scale throughout the workshop.

Laura Buckley: 'Layered Colours: Kaleidoscopic Image Capturing'

'Fata Morgana' Workshop examples

Based on the work of Laura Buckley, students will be asked to design and create their own kaleidoscope. They will consider pattern, shape and colour and use materials which best showcase a one of the following themes: light/ confusion/ nature/ monotone/ curves/ angles.

Laura Buckley: 'Stained-glass Shapes'

'Fata Morgana' Workshop examples

Using collage materials, students will create different stained glass shapes. Focussing on repeating patterns (from ‘Fata Morgana’ and other art pieces in the exhibition) students will select different colours to work with, so they explore tone, shape, and pattern.

Mia Feuer: ‘Real-time Recycling'

'The Dog Sled' Workshop examples

Using discarded materials, students will create something new and original. The idea is to think about how much we pollute and how we can use our creativity to create something new out of rubbish that is generated every day. Techniques involved will include folding/origami/cutting and sticking/layering. Creating the outcome will encourage students to think about form, style, texture, process, environment, art and politics. Outcomes can be both 2D or 3D.

Previous workshops for Black Mirror: Art as Social Satire include:

John Stezaker: 'Hybrid Icons'

Using found photographs of celebrities from magazines, newspapers etc, students will work to create contemporary versions of Stezaker’s hybrid ‘icons’, originally constructed from photos of movie stars. Students may consider the perception of identity as well as the notion of the icon/celebrity today. Students should also consider the relationship between the figures, playing with contrast.

Dominic McGill: 'The Eye of the Storm'

Students will be asked to create a 3D mind map combining both words and illustrations. Each table will be given a piece of paper and in response to a theme (e.g. animal), will begin to fill the paper with words and images. Once filled, the students must then make the paper into a 3D shape (this could be as simple as a tube or more ambitious students might try origami inspired shapes). After every table has done so, each group then brings their pieces together and amalgamates the individual 3D pieces into one large piece.

Valerie Hegarty: ‘Creative Destructive'

Students will be asked to create an image or sculpture relating to something considered ‘perfect’ and ideal. This could be a painting, drawing, collage or sculpture. Once created, students will then be asked to damage it some way, for example cutting, twisting, punch holes, tearing, drawing over etc. Some students may wish to think about how this destruction could cause their piece to extend beyond its natural limits e.g. are pieces of their painting/sculpture now separately on the table?


Kulkov Disharmonizing determination is the blamelessness
of a maternally shrunken boot (2016)

As part of the Gallery’s current Contemporary Russian Art Talks series, students from Townley Grammar were invited to attend an artist talk and workshop led by Vlad Kulkov. Kulkov is the first Russian artist from the series to discuss his work on the 30th of Jan and kicks off a six month season of talks and workshops led by various Russian artists.

Kulkov began the session with a PowerPoint presentation of his work, accompanied by a discussion of his practice. Following the presentation students took part in a practical painting workshop, led by the artist himself. Students were encouraged to consider themes within the artist’s practice and use these as starting points in creating a visual response in watercolour. At the end of the session students were invited to compare and contrast their outcomes. Kulkov also selected 3 separate pieces to become ‘postal art’, which will make their way via mail to Russia to be analysed by an arts professor known to the artist. The selected students will in turn receive feedback from Kulkov and the Russian arts professor, bringing interaction and continuity to the art of making.

Feedback from staff:
"Having an artist talk about their own work and then for him to work alongside the students during the workshop enables the students to have a deeper understanding of how works of Art can be made. I feel this supports their learning in the gallery enormously. Vlad was so passionate and clearly dedicated to making his work - the students were caught up in his spell".

Artist talk with Q&A:


ARTiculation 2019
Support Session

In the run up to ARTiculation 2019, the Saatchi Gallery in partnership with The Roche Court Educational Trust hosted one of our annual support sessions. Students were invited to take part in group activities aimed at preparing them for the ARTiculation Regional Heats and beyond.

The session included a range of warm-up activities in the gallery’s education room, followed by a tour of Black Mirror: Art as Social Satire and student-led presentations of the work on display in the gallery itself. During this session, students learnt about the 6 P’s of verbal presentation and how to use these during ARTiculation, as well as for university interviews, discussing work and analysing the work of others.

For presentations students were asked to work in groups in order to develop their team working and participatory skills. All members of each group had to work together to prepare the presentations and each member had to verbally contribute. Students were then prompted to give each other feedback on content and delivery. By looking, thinking and speaking about art, the session also developed the students’ confidence and skills, fulfilling the core aim of ARTiculation.

For further information please contact

Introduction and warm-ups in the Saatchi Gallery education room

In-gallery student presentations on work from Black Mirror

About ARTiculation

ARTiculation is a national initiative that provides a platform for young people to talk about the arts.

The ARTiculation Prize invites students aged between 16 to 19 to deliver a ten-minute presentation about a work of art, or an artefact to an audience at museums and galleries. ARTiculation events are adjudicated by leading arts and media figures.

The ARTiculation Prize and the ARTiculation outreach programme aims to increase confidence, raise aspirations, develop key life skills, including public speaking, and engage young people with the arts.

Workshops for Known Unknowns

Servite Primary School with work from the Creating Alternative Realities workshop

Creating Alternative Realities: exploring the work of Kirstine Roepstorff, students are asked to use collage to design and create an altered location within London, based on a theme of their choosing. Students are encouraged to consider scale, composition and narrative. This workshop is open to all ages.

Reverse Imaging: using Chris Hood’s ‘inside-out’ paintings as a starting point, students design and create an image which must source and use a minimum of 3 reverse imaging techniques. This workshop aims to encourage students to consider alternative methods of making and using materials in unusual ways. This workshop is open to all ages.

The Fear of Empty Space: considering themes within Francesca DiMattio’s work, students are asked to use various everyday items to design and create objects which incorporate a range of lines, shapes and textures. The aim is to completely cover the surface space. This workshop will be offered as both 2D and 3D. We recommend 2D for 11+ and 3D for Primary Schools.

For further information on education workshops or to request a specifically themed workshop please contact


The Education Department was delighted to recently host an exhibition of student work from St Anthony’s Prep School. The work was designed and created for the TFL Fourth Plinth Competition, with the exhibition showcasing over 35 pieces of individual model making. Running for two weeks in the gallery’s education room, the exhibition offered students the opportunity to view the work within the space of the gallery. The exhibition was also open to the general public, with a comments book offering audience members the chance to leave messages for the students.

In addition to be being selected to show here at the gallery, the work can also be viewed on the London Assembly website.

For more information on the gallery’s educational programming and facilities please contact

Iconoclastic Inspiration

The Education Department were delighted to recently view these pieces of work made by students from Townley Grammer. Inspired by their visit to the Saatchi Gallery, where they viewed Iconoclasts: Art Out of the Mainstream, students produced work for their GCSE exams which featured methods and imagery from both the work of Maurizio Anzeri and Renee So.

If your students have been inspired to produce work based on any of our exhibitions, please email them to We would love to see them!

Maurizio Anzeri Renee So

'Start' at the Saatchi Gallery 2018

The Saatchi Gallery is delighted to announce the arrival of our 'Start' 2018 exhibition, which features and celebrates work from 8 of our 'Start' partnership schools:

St Ignatius College Heartlands School
Park View School Brittons Academy
St Anne's Catholic High School Riverside School
Aylward Academy Broomfield School

The 'Start' project at the Saatchi Gallery was originally part of Children & the Arts' Start nationwide Programme. The programme was introduced into the gallery in 2014, establishing and cementing a firm relationship between the above schools and the Saatchi Gallery.

The aim of the programme was to:
  - Introduce young people to the arts
  - Inspire them to learn
  - Enhance their experience through critical analysis and participation
  - Enable them to create their own work

We have worked together with our partnership schools to continue to develop and achieve these integral goals. We are proud to support the enrichment which takes place as part of this programme and are thrilled to be continuing our work together.

This years' programme ran from January 2018 and included a range of activities focused on the theme of 'Identity':
  · Interactive tours: Q&A/ activity trails/ worksheets
  · In-gallery workshops
  · In-gallery CPD session for teachers
  · Extended day activities with tour and workshops
  · Activities in galleries as part of workshops

Each school selected up to 30 students to participate, bringing this years’ total participation to 270 students.

Programme structure:

Each school took part in 2 in-gallery activity days, which included tours, in-gallery activities and practical workshops. The in-gallery tour and workshop days were focused on introducing students to the exhibitions on display and encouraging them to critically analyse how they could use that work as a starting point when creating their own work.

Students were asked to consider the theme of ‘Identity’ and produce work, which explored both their personal identity and their identity as developing artists.

By engaging students directly in the gallery space, the programme also focuses on showing students how accessible and relevant galleries and museums are in the development of their own practice. CPD:

Teachers were invited to take part in an in-gallery CPD session, which explored the following themes:
  - Engagement
  - Embedding literacy and numeracy into general Art and Design
  - Target setting for students


The programme culminates with an exhibition of students work in the Education Room here at the Saatchi Gallery. The exhibition showcases a range of 2D media and is open to both the pupils and the general public.

The exhibition will run from June 30 – July 19 in the Education Room on the LG.

Entry is FREE


"The tour/workshop was excellent. The workshop encouraged the students to experiment with materials, attach meaning to their visual outcome and reflect on the artists’ work seen throughout the space. All mentioned are valuable skills for our future GCSE pupils".

"We enjoyed working together with the gallery and look forward to joining the programme again. It has been a useful experience for our students and one we want to continue with".

"The structure and pace of the sessions truly allowed our students to engage with the work they were making- we all enjoyed taking part".

Wetherby Senior School- Student Exhibition

The Education Department were delighted to recently host the annual Wetherby Senior School, YR 7, 8 & 9 Art and Graphic Design Exhibition.

On display in the gallery’s Education Room, the exhibition showcased a variety of 2D and 3D work including sculptures, prints, and photography, as well as a series of illustrated books inspired by Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. The exhibition offered students and their parents the opportunity to view the work as part of a private viewing experience. In total the exhibition boasted over 100 individual pieces.

"Year 7-9 boys were fortunate enough to have the annual Art & Graphic Design Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. This inspiring setting allowed boys to showcase a selection of work from their portfolio. The gallery was extremely generous in providing us with such a fine space along with a dedicated team of curators who helped hang a magnificent looking display in the hours proceeding the event. We are already planning to work together again next year" Oliver Meyer, Wetherby Senior School.

For more information on the gallery’s educational programming and facilities please contact


As part of our current exhibition Known Unknowns, students from Townley Grammar were invited to attend an artist talk and workshop led by Theo Ellison. As well as having the opportunity to visit the gallery and view the original work, Ellison also opened up the floor for a Q&A session and discussed the central themes within his work and what has inspired him. Following the Q&A students took part in a practical concept workshop, where they were asked to work in groups to create a visual response to assigned themes. These themes were based on Ellison’s work and included subject matter such as curiosity, consent and mystery. Students then presented their final concept images to the group, explaining how they developed their image and how it related to the assigned themes.

Feedback from staff:
"These visits are essential to our curriculum. It was a unique opportunity for our students to hear Theo Ellison discuss his photographs and their context. Theo spoke very carefully and the students were captivated. We are already planning our next visit".

Artist talk with Q&A:

Artist Talk with Q&A
Theo Ellison Entombment, 2017. C-type Lambda print

Workshop: student outcomes




To celebrate Saatchi Gallery’s handpicked highlights exhibition in Salon, schools and Art Clubs have been taking part in workshops to explore their inner ‘Animal Nature’.

Students were invited to view the exhibition and use Qiu Jie’s ‘Portrait of Mao’ (pictured above), as a starting point to develop and make a creative response. After a Q&A session, students were asked to select an animal they felt represented themselves and then draw this animal in the style of a portrait. These were then collaged together with photographs to create their own animal persona. Students also worked with colour as a method of creating contrast and representing their own energy.

For more information on this and other workshops at the gallery please contact

Salon: 100x Handpicked will be on show until June 18th 2018

Creating with Dementia Art Workshops

The Education Department has been delighted to host 'Creating with Dementia' during their pilot series of art workshops aimed at engaging people with Early-Stage Dementia and their carers. Each workshop was led by an art facilitator trained to work with Dementia. These multigenerational sessions were originally the idea of Sixth-Form students fulfilling the volunteering requirement for their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. The Gallery is pleased to support these young people's work in the community.

Workshops ran for five consecutive weeks, with each week exploring a new theme and artistic technique; this included creating Mandalas, collage and printing. All workshops focused on stimulating creative participation within the safe, accessible space of the Education Room. Carers also took part in making practical outcomes, helping to foster and build working relationships. Additional tours of the artwork on display in the Gallery provided both inspiration for and refection on the pieces created during the workshops. “Relaxed, happy and comfortable” are just three words used by participants to describe the experience.

Various outcomes created by participants during the five week workshops

Feedback from participants:
“Making art made me feel inspired”
“You have brought me back into the world”
’K’ loves the interaction with other people and having the chance to draw and paint

Feedback from Age Unlimited: “This is one of the most effective of all the projects we sponsor. It has a very profound beneficial effect and should be a blue print for every community. The workshops have been a resounding success and their setting has contributed very largely to this. Also, the added bonus of gallery tours has set them apart from all the other ones we have done and has given all participants a real treat.” Cathy Gayner, Age Unlimited

Feedback from Creating with Dementia’s Art Facilitator:
For members of the group to be able to view work full of energy, intrigue and colour around them in the gallery was inspirational and exciting (in their words), and this influence appeared to filter through and allow more fluidity and acceptance in their own work and ideas.” Cressida Brotherstone

Workshops are set to return for another run at the gallery in October 2018. For further information please contact: or email


Loneliness in the City Closing Ceremony

The Saatchi Gallery’s Education Room recently hosted an immersive photography exhibition, which featured work produced by students from Chessington Community College. The students were working in collaboration with Bounce Theatre and were exploring the theme of loneliness in the City.

As part of the project students worked with an artist to create a 3D model representation of London. The work originated as a commission from The Royal Borough of Kingston, looking at young people’s views on urban living. The students focused on themes of mental health and well-being. The model was then photographed and students invited audience members to capture their reactions to the work and the theme by writing down their own stories.

During the exhibition, Bounce Theatre worked with the participating students in the Saatchi Gallery Education Room to complete various tasks as part of practical workshops. At the end of the exhibition the students attended a closing ceremony of their work, which included presenting the work to visitors and celebrating their achievement. The event was extremely successful in fostering creative recognition and encouraging students to work with others, which in turn developed their confidence and public speaking skills. Through the project 165 children and young people will achieve their Arts Award.

For further information on Bounce please visit:

For further information on how to get involved in educational initiatives at the Saatchi Gallery please contact


APRIL 9 2018

'R U Here' is a one day pop-up research piece, which will explore instant messaging in today’s society.

The project is led by art student Tonya Guan. Currently studying MA Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins, Tonya is interested in questioning how instant messaging alters the way one-to-one communication takes place, reshaping the experience of close relationships in a domestic scenario.

'R U Here' will feature a workshop, which invites pairs of participants (parent and child, couples, close friends) to enter an installation in the education room and sit in the setting of a home environment. During the workshop, participants will only communicate with one another using instant messaging, following instructions given to them via earphones.

The workshop will run from 2-4pm with a presentation and discussion session from 4-5pm

Part of the process of the work is to let participants experience the digital impact upon the sense of togetherness and co-presence between cyberspace and physical space.

After the experience, there will be a discussion session about the understanding of the impact of digital communication and how it affects our daily life.

For further information on the workshop and how to register please contact or visit

ARTiculation 2018

London Regional Heat at the Saatchi Gallery

The Saatchi Gallery was pleased to welcome ARTiculation back on January 17th for its London Regional Heat. The event saw 10 participants present their thoughts on a variety of self-selected pieces of art, design and architecture. The competition was adjudicated by Psychoanalyst and author, Darian Leader, who had the very difficult task of selecting two speakers to progress to the Grand Final, which will be held at the University of Cambridge, Clare College on 9 March 2018.

All participants gave insightful and personable presentations, demonstrating high level research skills and confidence. Going forward from this round of Heats will be Scarlet Deans from Townley Grammar for her presentation on Louise Bourgeois’ ‘Maman’ and Annie Lee from Lady Eleanor Holles for her presentation on ‘Not Everyone Will Be Taken into the Future’ by Ilya & Emilia Kabakov.

The Saatchi Gallery has been working together with ARTiculation for over 5 years to host both support ‘Crit’ sessions and Heats as part of the overall competition. Both the Crits and Heats have offered a fantastic opportunity to continue to develop a positive learning environment for students looking to potentially progress into Art and the creative industries.

ARTiculation itself not only offers participants the chance to develop their verbal and presentation skills but it also offers the opportunity for students to work with others and build their confidence. Here at the gallery we are particularly focused on bringing new and emerging art to a broad audience. In hosting events and supporting competitions such as ARTicualtion, we are actively working towards engagement, access and encouraging emerging talent in the art of critiquing, public speaking and involvement with Contemporary Art.

For further information on this event and how to get involved with ARTiculation please contact

Just Add Spice Time Credits workshop

The Saatchi Gallery recetly worked in partnership with Just Add Spice to run an interactive tour and workshop for volunteers from Just Add Spice’s Westminster Borough group. The aim of the session was to invite individuals to come and spend their ‘time credits’ on engaging with the art work in the Saatchi Gallery. As part of the session, participants took part in Q&A and made their own pieces of art based on the work of Makiko Kudo, who is on display at the gallery as part of Iconoclats: Art Out of the Mainstream.

The focus of this outreach session was on promoting engagement and giving individuals the confidnece to get involved. The Education Department at the Saatchi Gallery look forward to working with Just Add Spice again in 2018, where we aim to continue in encouraging both individuals and communities to visit the space on a more regular basis.


“The tour was really enjoyable for the group, they got so much out of it. It was led in a manner that invited group discussion, which really helped them feel comfortable in the gallery. The group had an amazing time. All showed interest in attending to see the gallery in their own time and it has definitely helped them feel more like the gallery is 'for them'” Just Add Spice

“The Makiko Kudo art was interesting and it was fun to try and use that as inspiration for our very different collages” participant

“Thank you for this wonderful opportunity” participant

Just Add Spice:

Why we exist: we develop Time Credit systems that value everyone’s time, no matter who they are. Time Credits open up new opportunities to try new things, meet new people, be healthier and have fun. We work with communities of all kinds, across many sectors. We’re passionate about the power within communities and individuals, and think that we’re better at solving problems when we work together. Our programmes embody exciting partnerships between individuals and the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Where we started: Spice was founded in the Rhondda Valley over six years ago and grew out of the University of Wales hosted Welsh Institute for Community Currencies. In this time we’ve been busy growing and from our first programmes in the valleys we now work across South Wales and several regions in England. We have also branched out from our core community development work adding new specialist programmes in schools, housing, health and care.

For further information on Just Add Spice and Time Credits visit:


During their visit to the Saatchi Gallery, pupils from Ashburnham Primary and King Fahad Academy entered the colourful world of Calder. As part of their visit, pupils were invited into Salon 003 to see the works of Calder on Paper. Here they participated in a range of in-gallery activities, taking inspiration from the work, before heading back to the education room for a mobile making workshop. Pupils were asked to think about what shapes and colours they had seen and use these as a starting point. Outcomes included boats, people and birds.

Feedback from students at Ashburnham Primary:
“I loved all the shapes and bright colours in Calder’s work. I used them to make my mobile”
“I love what I made. I am going to give it to my friend, who would have loved being here”

Feedback from staff at Ashburnham Primary:
“The pupils made a really interesting range of work and really enjoyed it. We will definitely be coming back”

Feedback from students at King Fahad Academy:
“Before I didn’t like making art but now I do, because I learnt to express myself”

Feedback from staff at King Fahad Academy:
“The gallery is so child friendly. We visited other locations on visits but this has been the best for facilitating pupils”
“The workshop was excellent!! They accommodated the children really well. We had non English speaking children and the environment which was created was safe and helpful. This helped the pupils to greatly express their joy. Can we come every week!!!”

Calder workshop

Ashburnham Primary

King Fahad Academy


Support Session for Key Stage 5 Students

In the run up to ARTiculation 2018, the Saatchi Gallery in partnership with The Roche Court Educational Trust, hosted a support session for Key Stage 5 students. Based on the concept of a 'crit', students were invited to take part in group activities aimed at preparing them for the ARTiculation Regional Heats and beyond.

The session included a range of warm-up activities in the gallery's education room, followed by a tour of Iconoclasts: Art Out of the Mainstream and student-led presentations of the work on display in the gallery itself.

Students were asked to work in groups in order to develop their team working and participatory skills. All members of each group had to work together to prepare the presentations and each member had to verbally contribute. Students were then prompted to give each other feedback on content and delivery.

During this session, students learnt about the 6 P's of verbal presentation and how to use these during ARTiculation, as well as for university interviews, discussing work and analysing the work of others.

By looking, thinking and speaking about art, the session also developed the students' confidence and skills, fulfilling the core aim of ARTiculation.

The Saatchi Gallery looks forward to hosting the London Regional Heat on January 17th 2018, 2-5pm. For further information on this event please contact

Introduction and warm-ups in the Saatchi Gallery education room

In-gallery group work for student presentations

In-gallery student presentations on work from Iconoclasts


As part of Frieze Art Fair 2017, Gazelli Art House presented the work of Philip Colbert at the Saatchi Gallery. Previously described by American Vogue's Andre Leon Tally as "the godson of Andy Warhol", Colbert2s solo exhibition explored concepts of the traditional vs contemporary and the often overwhelming impact of digital media on everyday life.

As part of the exhibition students were invited to attend an artist talk. Colbert also opened up the floor for a Q&A session and discussed the central themes within his work and what has inspired him. Following the Q&A students took part in a hands-on workshop, where they were asked to create a piece of 2D mixed media art work, based on the imagery and themes they had seen within Colbert's work.
Feedback from students: "it was interesting hearing what he had to say about his work and great being able to ask him questions"

Feedback from staff: "The students left buzzing with ideas and inspiration for their own work".

Colbert workshop

Jack Petchey Start Programme
Year 3

Start Programme Aims:
  . Introducing young people to the arts
  . Inspiring them to learn more
  . Enhancing their experience through critical analysis and participation
  . Encouraging them to create their own art.

"At the heart of Start is the desire to make cultural venues accessible for a new generation."

The Jack Petchey Start Programme and the Saatchi Gallery

The broad aim of the project is to introduce high quality contemporary art to students in a way that is inspiring, engaging and challenging.

We aim to equip students with the tools they need to explore art exhibitions, so that they may feel confident in visiting galleries.

We aim to expose the workings and processes of practicing artists to the students through direct contact with professional artists.

We aim to give teachers a gratifying experience where new ideas can be tested and, if appropriate, be influential on their teaching.

Aylward Academy students performing their final art project in year 2 of the programme

Year 3: Inclusion

For year 3 of the project we have increased the number of students and are now working with 13 schools and 450 students. The schools involved this year are: Edmonton County School, Heartlands School, Brittons Academy, Aylands School, Riverside School, Parkview School, Southgate School, Aylward Academy, St Ignatius College, St Anne's High School, Broomfield School, Winchmore School and Greig City Academy.

The project artists are Sadie Edginton, Andrew Kerr, Amy Leung, Maru Rojas and Alice Wilson.

Students will take part in artist-led in-gallery workshops, artist-led school workshops and a large-scale exhibition. Teachers are offered support in the form of artist-led Continued Professional Development (CPD) workshops. Students will be working towards a large collaborative artwork, centred on the theme of Inclusion. This will be displayed at the Saatchi Gallery in April.

Units of Power Project

Units of Power was a collaboration between Haringey Council, Children & the Arts and the Saatchi Gallery. The project involved three Haringey schools: Northumberland Park Community School, St Paul's & All Hallows' Primary School and Risley Avenue Primary School.

The title of the project 'Units of Power' alluded to the collective power of a community or group of people. During the project pupils were reminded of their own individual importance and their intrinsic value as young citizens. Individually we can make a difference to the world around us but united we can affect change on a much larger scale. These ideas were communicated and consolidated through sculpture.

Students visited the Saatchi Gallery for a workshop with Project Leader & Artist Jack Brown. Jack then went into the schools to continue working with students, to deliver teacher workshops and to install the final sculptures within the school grounds. Throughout the project pupils were in a position of power- in charge of making choices about the direction of their work. Each set of pupils worked together to make decisions about how they would work together, what they would make and how they might make it.

Each individual pupil can trace their influence through the project, from the first meeting at the Saatchi Gallery, through to the collaborative sculpture that now stands in their school grounds.

During the final weeks of the project pupils visited the other schools involved in the project and heard presentations about the artwork, delivered by the pupils who created it. The finale of the project was a walking tour of all three artworks, with each school opening its doors to the local community.

"We have, in a small way, changed Haringey and we have, I hope, shown pupils the power of collective collaboration" Jack Brown, Lead Artist.

"Imagine one battery making a little bit of power and 150 batteries making lots of power. We are all units of power together. When you put us together we are more powerful." Year 3 Pupil, St. Paul's & All Hallows' Primary School, Tottenham.

"Building their own sculpture and sharing it with a wider audience will be something which they will always remember." Sam Gould, Teacher, St. Paul's & All Hallows Primary School

Photographs by John Fulton

Jack Petchey Start Programme
Year 2: Transformation

For year 2 of the project we have increased the number of students and are now working with 9 schools and over 400 students. The schools involved this year are: Edmonton County School, Heartlands School, Brittons Academy, Aylands SEN School, Southgate School, Aylward Academy, St Ignatius College, St Anne's High School and Broomfield School.

The project artists are: Jack Brown (lead artist), Ella McCartney, Ella Medley-Whitfield, Maru Rojas and Charlotte Young.

The brief for this year is Public/Installation Art. Students will be working towards a large-scale, collaborative artwork, centred on the theme of Transformation. All of our project artists work within this artistic discipline. Students saw artwork related to this theme during their first visit to the Gallery for the exhibition UK/raine in November and took part in an exhibition tour and practical workshop with their artist.

In January, all students were invited to take part in Artist Talks, led by Champagne Life exhibiting artists Alice Anderson, Virgile Ittah and Stephanie Quayle. Students listened to the artists talk about their practice, inspiration, process and concept, which was then followed by a Q&A session and cross-school learning activities.

"I was able to hear first-hand an explanation for her artwork and what had inspired her"- student from Edmonton County School.

"The Artist Talk made me realise how interested I am in sculpting and that there can be an environmental transformation"- student from Heartlands School.

The artists are currently working with the students in school, preparing for the final exhibition which will involve an art 'take-over' of Gillet Square in Dalston from Monday 27th June- Friday 1st July 2016. For regular updates on the project follow our blog:

Jack Petchey Start Programme
Year 1

300 secondary school students from seven Enfield schools have spent the past academic year participating in the exciting Jack Petchey Start programme for schools, created by Children & the Arts with support from The Jack Petchey Foundation and the Saatchi Gallery.

The project culminated in the creation of a series of films inspired by the current exhibition Pangaea II, which were screened at the finale event on Friday 10th July here at the Gallery. The students' work was exhibited alongside international artists. Students also gave tours to members of the public, giving them a chance to discuss the pieces they have worked hard to create.

The Jack Petchey Start programme aims to introduce contemporary art to students in a way that is inspiring, engaging and challenging. The students have been equipped with the tools they need to explore and interpret the art at the Saatchi Gallery. Through expert guidance they have gained the confidence to create artwork and have it displayed in a museum-scale environment. Students visited the Gallery several times over the academic year for an artist talk and artist-led workshops, as well as working with the artists in school.

Founder of the Foundation, Jack Petchey CBE, is delighted with how the programme has gone: "We are very proud to be investing in a programme that helps young people engage with the arts. We have been delighted to hear how the programme has inspired young interest and talent. At the Foundation, we want to inspire young people to achieve more. The opportunity to meet with professional artists, hear how they have created their pieces, and then have the space to create their own artwork for display on the same gallery walls must be truly inspiring."

A huge thank you to the artists Jack Brown (lead artist), Charlotte Young, Maru Rojas, Ella Mary and Sara Byers, to all of the students and teachers that took part in the project and to the Jack Petchey Foundation and Children & the Arts for making it possible.

A public screening of work also took place at the Dugdale Theatre, London Road, Enfield on Saturday 11th.

The students' films were subsequently displayed in the Education Gallery from 20th-30th July.

Art Teacher CPD workshop

A group of 12 Art Teachers from Haberdashers' Aske's Federation of three schools came to the Saatchi Gallery in April for a workshop with Artist and Educator Ella Medley-Whitfield.

The workshop was aimed at encouraging new ways of working with a contemporary collection, focusing on KS3-5.

The teachers became the students and were introduced to different ways of exploring and interpreting art in the gallery space, inciting interesting dialogues and debates between themselves, Ella and the Saatchi Education team.

The session also included a tour of the exhibition, followed by the creation of a large-scale collaborative artwork inspired by artists Alejandro Ospina and Federico Herrero, both of whom feature in the current exhibition Pangaea II. The main inspiration was the internet and the contemporary interests of the focus age group- and how we can use these in art-making.

It was a very successful day which left everyone with plenty of food for thought! If you are interested in organising a similar workshop for Art Teachers please email Workshops can be tailored to curriculum and school needs.

The Saatchi Gallery is delighted to announce a new partnership with Jack Petchey Foundation and The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts to work on the Start Programme. This exciting project gives students between the ages of 11 and 18 the opportunity to explore the Saatchi Gallery's cutting edge contemporary art, hear exhibiting artists talk about their work and life, and partner up with professional artists to create their own video art inspired by what they have seen at the Gallery. The project culminates in a student exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in July 2015.

You can find out more and keep up to date on our project blog

The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts once again supported the Saatchi Gallery and artist Jack Brown in creating a project called 'Putting Things Together' with a group of students form Northumberland Park Community School in Tottenham. The project culminated in an exhibition in the Education Gallery. You can find out more on the project blog here

Olga Primary School worked on football and the world cup at school and they created their own flags in our Education Room.

During Half Term the Education Room at the Saatchi Gallery was filled with families and young people taking part in our workshops. They all had a great time making their very own Messy African Masks.

In preparation for the Chelsea Festival in October, groups of Year 4 and 5 pupils from Marlborough Primary School and Christchurch have been gaining inspiraton for their exhibtion to be displayed in the Education Gallery.

During the Summer Holidays the Saatchi Gallery welcomed St Vincent's Family Project Summer Art Group. An exhibition of their work is on display in the Education Room.

In April the Saatchi Gallery held a free painting course for young people aged 14 -16

During Half Term the Education Room at the Saatchi Gallery was filled with families and young people taking part in our workshops, interactive tours and activities. A highlight was our Big Draw event 'Faces into Focus', some photos of the fun we had are below.

Last summer, the Saatchi Gallery held 'Pieces For Peace' workshops on Wednesday afternoons. Participants were given the chance to create their own image of peace that then formed part of a running peace wall in London. It was a global project, created by CITYarts, which engaged over 5,500 young people from over 62 countries worldwide.

As part of this project a Peace Wall mural was created in Hackney between July and September. For more information visit

Below you can see images of the travelling exhibition that was displayed in the Education Gallery on Level 2 and in the Education Room on the Ground Floor Level at the Saatchi Gallery.


Gesamkunstwerk: New Art From Germany was the inspiration for an innovative musical collaboration between The Purcell School and Queenswood school. The project was called Musikkunstwerk, both schools selected talented young composers to compose music inspired by the art in Gesamkunstwerk. The students produced music that reflected, commented on and even reacted against the art that they selected as inspiration.

British conductor James Ross directed the young composers and comments: 'The composers have succeeded in taking radically different approaches to their chosen art works. The Saatchi Gallery's Gesamkunstwerk Exhibition shows the rich and diverse range of contemporary German art; the composers' responses are an equally fascinating tribute to the creativity of today's leading young musicians.'

On the 22nd February the students performed their compositions in front of a live audience at the Saatchi Gallery.

Photographs by Martin Weiss

Join STORYSTOCK at the Saatchi Gallery to listen to the psychedelic audio guide, be part of the storytelling troupe and book into the workshops from animation to zebra printing.


Week Day Pass

Includes workshop, storytelling or tour and the Anti-Guide

  • JUNIOR 4-7 yrs 1030-1200
  • SENIOR 7-13 yrs 1300-1500 (or 1230-1430 depending on the day)
  • SENIOR 7-13 yrs 1530-1730

All ticket holders get to do the ANTI-GUIDE for free!

Weekend Pass

£10 per child on weekends and entire Easter weekend.

Every hour another story and another activity. Do as many as you can 1100-1600! Pass holders can also do a tour of the gallery (1030 & 1230) and do the ANTI-GUIDE audio tour all day long!

Older ones can buy the ANTI-GUIDE on the day to keep them occupied.

You can see the daily themes in the programme here.


Storystock has commissioned artist Amy Gadney to create the ANTI-GUIDE: an audacious audio guide which will take children on an unexpected and enlightening journey around the Pangaea exhibition.

There are 3 different tours (approx 15 mins), all completely original and suitable for all ages (with suggested ages 4+, 7+, 9+). Unlike any audio guide you will have ever done before, the ANTI-GUIDE will ask you to do thinks things, and question things about the art which you will never have thought of before. Be warned: you may learn absolutely nothing. Or you may discover the meaning of life? Who knows?

Click here for programming and booking.


Becoming Oscar Murillo

Inspired by the work of Oscar Murillo, the students made their own work of art using dirt and packaging while reflecting on how food defines who we are.


Boxed In

Everyone was excited about the Royal dress...well I have made a Royal mess

Artists and Photographer Valeria Amadei led a workshop with Sixth Form pupils from Bishop Ramsey. The pupils made collages inspired by the work of Kirstine Roepstorff and were challenged to come up with a humorous title for their works.

Monika Waraxa and Kuba Budzynski from Pulp Studio: interactive sculpture workshops, came to give a free workshop to the students of Hall School, Wimbledon. The pupils worked with the sculptures of David Batchelor and Bjorn Dahlem to create their own imaginative variations.


The artist Tom de Freston and the poet Kiran Millwood Hargrave ran a series of workshops with the exhibition' The Shape of Things to Come' at the Saatchi gallery. School children were given a unique opportunity to explore Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer's Night Dream' within the context of the exhibition. Working throughout the gallery and the education centre children made paintings and collages as well as engaging with the exhibition and text through physical theatre, group discussion and creative writing.

Tom de Freston has been awarded the Leverhulme Artist in Residence position at Cambridge University, a position previously held by Ruth Padel. De Freston is also the current Artist in Resident at the Leys School, and lectures and supervises in the History of Art faculty, Cambridge University. In January 2011 his two year project with Christ's College Chapel culminated in the unveiling of two large scale site specific paintings situated in the gold frames behind the altar. The publication which accompanies this show sees contributions on de Freston's work by Sir Nicholas Serota and Rowan Williams, amongst others. This is the latest in a series of monographs on his work over the past two years. His work and these publications can be seen at

Kiran Millwood-Hargrave is a Cambridge graduate and a poet and writer. She is currently working on a body of poems for the British Shakespeare Association (BSA) with Tom de Freston. These will be shown at the BSA annual conference in September 2011. She has also edited a collection of poems, 'Ekphrasis', which John Mole called 'a fascinating anthology'. Millwood-Hargrave has recently completed a research project on the use of visual art in the teaching of Shakespeare.


Students from Bewdley School visited the Saatchi Gallery and participated in a workshop in the Education Room, after seeing the exhibition Newspeak. Led by artist Julie Beech, they created salt dough sculptures inspired by the artist Jonathan Baldock.

by Jonathan Baldock


Year 7 pupils from Barrow Hills School visited the Saatchi Gallery in February. After seeing the exhibition Abstract America they created collaborative art works inspired by the artists Ryan Johnson and Guerra de la Paz from recycled materials

Works in the exhibition Abstract America
Works by pupils from Barrow Hills School


Students from Prospect House, aged 8-9 years old, visited the Saatchi Gallery in March 2010 and participated in a workshop in the Education Room, after seeing the exhibition The Empire Strikes Back. Led by artist Julie Beech, they created a collaborative piece inspired by the artist Huma Bhabha.


Students from Ravensbourne School , aged 15-16 years old, visited the Saatchi Gallery in March 2010 and participated in a workshop in the Education Room, after seeing the exhibition The Empire Strikes Back. Led by artist Julie Beech, they created collaborative pieces inspired by the artist Subodh Gupta.



Highgate Wood School had an open day at school for prospective new parents and students. During the open evening, students created tyre tracks in paint across paper as a response to the work Greeting Card 10a by artist Aaron Young. Greeting Card 10a is currently being exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery as part of Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture.


Channing School visited the gallery and participated in a workshop in the Saatchi Gallery Education Room, using Chinese ink, drawings and thick card


The Holy Trinity Art Club at the Saatchi Gallery was formed in October 2009 to provide pupils at Holy Trinity with an opportunity to visit the Saatchi Gallery, learn about works being exhibited and create their own art. It takes place once a week and is organized by Deborah Lloyd from Holy Trinity School


Upton House School visited the Saatchi Gallery and students created sculptures inspired by Agathe Snow's works in Gallery 1, made from recycled everyday items.


Brynmawr School students in the Saatchi Gallery Education Room creating works using acrylic paint, palette knives and masking tape. These works were inspired by the artist Kristin Baker and her work 'Raft of Perseus' currently showing in Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture.


An educational workshop was held at the Saatchi Gallery on Friday, July 17th to coincide with our current exhibit Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture. Students from Seven Kings High School visited the gallery and created their own works of abstract art, inspired by sculptures by Agathe Snow, from recycled products.


Garden House School students created a series of individual panels, composed of drawings, paintings and prints, depicting many aspects of life at the Royal Hospital including the buildings, the grounds and the Chelsea pensioners. Themed on the new Infirmary building, these individual 'bricks' were produced by children from ages 3 to 10 yrs old. Two of the works were donated to the Royal Hospital after showing in the Education Room of the Saatchi Gallery. The rest were sold in a silent auction to raise funds for the Royal Hospital.

Saatchi Gallery Kids Day

The Revolution  Continues: New Chinese Art
The Saatchi Gallery Kids Day was held on Saturday 22nd November. All young visitors received a free picture by picture guide and a postcard to help them enjoy their gallery visit. The guide introduced the themes of the The Revolution Continues: New Art From China exhibition.

When they came to the gallery, visitors had the chance to view the newest Chinese art including an entire city constructed out of dog chews, a 3-headed monster constructed out of cow bones and a gigantic head made of ashes.

Debut Workshop for Young Artists

The Revolution  Continues: New Chinese Art
The gallery organized an interactive workshop and talk featuring the artist Wu Shanzhuan's graffiti inspired paintings on Saturday November 22nd. Visitors learnt how his work was inspired by political pop and expressivism in Contemporary Chinese art and what the parallels are to street and graffiti art in the West.

After the talk they had the chance to create their own graffiti inspired mural at the studio in the gallery's education room.


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