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Studio Visits & Artist Talks

School Improvement:

Curriculum Programmes

  • GCSE / A Level inspiration visits
  • Support practical units – understanding artists’ process and the development of ideas
  • Vocational learning and career pathways

The Arts:

Skills Development | Arts Enrichment

  • Enrich curriculum provision
  • Skills development – drawing, painting, sculpture, photography etc
  • Master classes
  • Contribute to Artsmark or Arts Awards (Arts Apprenticeship module)


Bow Arts manage over 300 artist studios – professional workspace for practicing artists. Our studio visits allow a unique insight behind closed doors to enable students to see artists’ working environments and creative processes first-hand.  A visit can be tailored to your learners’ needs to explore one or more of the following:

  • A specific theme –  e.g. Ordinary to Extraordinary, Structures in Architecture, Pattern and Colour
  • A medium – e.g. printmaking, 3D, photography
  • The business of being a professional artist – e.g. working patterns, the role of the studio

Students are given a tour of our studio complexes before meeting one or more of the artists. They will have the opportunity to hear about the artist’s practice, ask questions, sketch and take photographs. This can be followed up by a practical taster session in response to the artist’s work.


  • To introduce students to artists’ working environment and practices
  • To learn about the creative industries and career pathways
  • To inspire students to consider their work within the context of professional artists’ practices
  • To enhance and enrich existing curriculum provision

Illustrative Outputs:

  • Artist studio visits
  • Artist talks and question & answer sessions
  • Artist-led practical workshop sessions

Outcomes and Impact (taken from recent artist studio visits):

  • 100% of participants learnt new skills
  • 100% of participants said they were inspired by the visit
  • Participants were able to communicate their ideas and engaged in critical debate with the artist and their peers 
  • Participants used techniques and processes from their studio visit in their own work

Further Ideas:

  • Combining a studio visit with a trip to the Nunnery Gallery or Bermondsey Project Space
  • Combining with a follow up artist-led workshop at your school
  • Arrange a series of one to one tutorials for students linked to their practical work

Project Costs:

Costs vary dependent on the number of class groups or sessions
From £210 + materials (based on half day @ £135 + planning @ £75)

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