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 h.walker@shu.ac.uk 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, ceramics, jewellery & metalwork, wood work, digital textiles, CNC manufacturing & prototyping, graphics, casting & fabrication, illustration and painting.

  • Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2018 and June 2019
  • 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 2018
  • 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 l.galligan@shu.ac.uk or 0114 225 3821

For general info on eligibility and application procedure see www.aa2a.org/apply

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