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

Every year we offer local artists and designers the opportunity to use our specialist facilities for free, as part of a national initiative to help artists complete large or complex projects.

The opportunity is open to professional artists, photographers, fashion designers, graphic designers, metal-workers and jewellery-makers through the Artists Access to Art Colleges scheme.

The scheme also gives artists the chance to interact with students. You can give guest lectures, workshops and careers advice sessions during your time at the University, and in return you will get at least 100 hours of free access to our workshops, learning centres, IT equipment and expertise.

You may also be eligible for financial support through AA2A's hardship fund.

To apply for a place on the AA2A scheme at Sheffield Hallam, contact Claire Rayner at or 0114 225 6724.

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