Art Encounters is a new series of free short films for schools with accompanying resources, created in partnership with our neighbours at Leeds Art Gallery.

Art Encounters supports teachers and learners to discover artworks and artists in our exhibitions and displays. They invite viewers to discuss first responses to artworks, learn about the artist and their inspirations, and conclude with a creative challenge that can be used as part of a programme of study, or as a stand-alone activity undertaken in school or at home.

The films can act as a virtual visit to the gallery, introducing pupils to our spaces and staff, who guide them through their ‘Encounter’. They can support cross-curricular activity and SEL within PSHE, and complement physical visits to the gallery once these are able to take place.

We have created supplementary resources, including digital worksheets, to accompany the first series of Art Encounters, ideal for teachers who wish to send activities to pupils who are learning remotely.

Art Encounters will be a growing series of resources that introduce teachers and learners to diverse art practices and lesser known artists, providing rich, localised, curated content for art teaching. We are keen to gain feedback from teachers to improve our resources, so please use the contact information in the pack to share your thoughts and suggestions.

Portable Sculpture

Our second series of Art Encounters explores our current exhibition Portable Sculpture, a group exhibition featuring sculpture that can be packs down, folds up or was made on the move. It can be adapted for use with Key Stages 2-5.

You can view the Introduction to the series below. Sign up below to access Episode 1: Places and Spaces, and the additional resources. Episodes 2 and 3 will be launched soon, ready for the Autumn term.


Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body

Our first series of Art Encounters explore our exhibition Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body, and can be adapted for use with Key Stages 2-5.

You can view the Introduction to our Bumped Body Art Encounters below. Sign up below to access the series of three video episodes - 'Still Life', 'Home Portraits', and 'Strange Characters' - each with accompanying resource packs.


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