The Annual Fund helps to support our Public Programmes department, whose mission is to make art and art history more widely accessible to people of all ages. Our Gallery Learning Programme enables young people to explore our collection through engagement with artists, Courtauld academics, students and curators.
Gallery Learning Programme
Annual Fund support impacts our offering of learning programmes for young people, including:
- Our Young Peoples’ Programme aimed at students aged 16 to 18 from non-selective schools.
- Our Summer University for state school year 12 students.
- A wide variety of primary school talks and workshops.
- Insights into Art History workshops – a series of free one-day workshops designed for 16-19 year olds to explore and investigate The Courtauld Gallery collection.
- Study Skills workshops for 16-19 year olds who have attended previous Insights into Art History workshops. These Study Skills workshops aim to develop research and study skills, as well as critical reading and writing.
In 2016/2017 12,491 learners of all ages took part in our Gallery Learning Programme
In addition to activities at The Courtauld Gallery, in 2017 the Public Programmes team piloted new regional outreach learning programmes, including:
- An Architecture Adventures workshop for children aged 7 to 10 from the Tower Gardens Estate in Tottenham. The children explored the history of their local area and created their own archives, before taking on the role of architects and designers to create a scale model of their ideal community.
- Layers of London – this involved sixth form students from Stanmore College in Middlesex and investigated historical architecture and urban landscape. The students visited The Courtauld Gallery, the Conway photographic library and hidden parts of Somerset House, before making architectural drawings of a historical site close to their college.
- People and Places – this project was piloted in partnership with Greenfield Valley Museum and Holywell High School in Flintshire, close to where a Courtaulds Ltd. factory was formerly located. The group had a quick-fire workshop on Art and Architectural History before visiting the museum and heritage site, where they made drawings and took photographs of the industrial landscape.
Our Public Programmes team also produce resources for teachers, such as ‘Art and Maths’ aimed at primary schools, which uses The Courtauld’s Islamic metalwork and Italian majolica collections to explore how art and mathematics are interrelated.
Awareness of Art History as a humanities subject is limited in state schools as it currently has no direct relationship to the core curriculum. In response to this, the Public Programmes team has taken a cross-curricular approach and built relationships with teachers of subjects such as Modern Languages, History, Performing Arts, Mathematics and English, as well as those teaching practical Art and Design.