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Gallery and Artist Studio Visits


Artist Studio Visits: Bow Arts is one of London's largest studio providers – supporting practicing artists with professional workspaces. Our studio visits allow students a unique insight behind closed doors to see artists’ working environments and creative processes first-hand. Artist studio visits can be tailored to your learners’ needs to explore one or more of the following:

  • A specific theme – linked to practical exam themes or class topics
  • A medium – e.g. drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography
  • The business of being a professional artist and career pathways in the creative industries

Students are given a tour of our studio complexes before meeting a number of the artists. They will have the opportunity to hear about artists’ practice, ask questions, sketch and take photographs. This can be followed up by a practical taster session in response to the artists’ work. Studio visits can take place at any of our property sites at Bow Road (E3), Catford Dek (SE6), IceHouse Court (IG11), Lakeside Centre (SE2), Leegate Studios (SE12), Old Manor Park Library (E12), P1 (E3), R.A.W. Studios (E16), Canada Street Studios (SE16) and Stratford Studios (E15).  

Nunnery Gallery – Bow Arts’ contemporary art space in Bow (E3). A gallery visit enables students to see and experience an exhibition first hand. Students will meet artists or curators to help them understand and explore the exhibition. Our exhibition programme showcases both archive collections and artwork by contemporary artists, often with a local connection or relevance.

Our artists can also facilitate gallery visits to other London galleries as part of a project.

All gallery or studio visits can be combined with a follow up artist-led project in your school.

School Improvement:

Curriculum Programmes

  • GCSE / A Level inspiration visits
  • Support practical units – understanding artists’ processes and ideas
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works
  • Vocational learning / career pathways

The Arts:

Skills Development | Arts Enrichment

  • Support GCSE / A Level studies and prepare for final shows
  • Develop curatorial / technical knowledge
  • Contribute to Arts Awards qualifications
  • Skills development – drawing, painting, sculpture, photography etc


  • To learn about artists and their work, the creative industries and potential career pathways
  • To develop visual literacy – the ability to explore, interpret and discuss visual material
  • To further students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in the technical and creative aspects of making and exhibiting art

Illustrative Outputs:

  • Artist studio or gallery visit
  • Artist talks and Question & Answer sessions
  • Artist-led practical workshop sessions

Outcomes and Impact (taken from an artist studio and gallery visit):

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


"All of the pupils were totally engaged by the artists they met and were able to interact with them with informed and meaningful questions." Art Teacher

“Contact with the artists brought the artwork to life.” Art Teacher

“The studio visit helped the students to understand opportunities in art. Many of the students were inspired by the artist’s techniques and went on to try these out in their own work." Lead Artist

"The students learned to exhibit and hang their works professionally.” Lead Artist

"It provoked a discussion as to whether the students could see themselves working in an environment like this. Some of them wanted to include information about the artists they met in their personal studies." Head of Art

Project Costs:

Costs vary dependent on the number of class groups or sessions

From £210 + materials (based on half day @ £135 + planning @ £75)

If you are interested in finding out more about Nunner Gallery and Bow Arts studio visits, get in touch at