Community engagement

Children in an art gallery

Our work with schools and colleges

We provide a range of activities to give school and college students an insight into creative careers and higher education. This could include a visit to an exhibition or the opportunity to meet our students and teaching staff.

At the SIA Gallery we host a variety of interactive activities for groups of school and college students, including

  • practical workshops with professional artists
  • lectures with academic staff
  • a programme of activity during our annual Degree Show
  • application guidance and sessions on preparing your portfolio

We also run a weekly National Art and Design Saturday Club for year 10 and 11 students.

If you are interested in visiting us with a group of students, contact Helen Walker, School and College Engagement Senior Officer, at or 0114 225 4191.

Engagement with artists

As part of the national Artists Access to Art Colleges project we will be offering at least four placements to artists and designer-makers, giving them the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using our workshop and supporting facilities eg. IT facilities, lending library, & lecture programme. The AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practicing artists.

The facilities that will be available to those who are succesful are – printmaking, wood, metal, jewellery & metalwork, ceramics, laser cutting, 3D printing, digital textiles, fashion, film, interactive media, digital media, animation, photography, typography, graphics, illustration, drawing studio and painting

  • Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2017 and April 2018
  • AA2A's Hardship Fund, for artists on benefits and low income provides expenses up to £350
  • Closing dates for applications vary but all are in September 2017
  • Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2015 to 2016 or before can now reapply
  • All applicants must have at least one year′s professional practice
  • Only M.A. / PhD students can apply in the same year they graduate
  • Applicants should be able to work with minimal technical support

For an application pack please contact us directly at or 0114 225 3821

For general info on eligibility and application procedure see

Please note the application deadline is the 16th September 2017

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