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We’ve compiled a guide to some of the events happening around the UK which might inspire you to learn to paint or draw, or might help you improve your artistic skills. We have only included organisations that have agreed to our terms and conditions, so this is not a comprehensive guide to all the visual art activities happening over the next few months. Some of the activities are free, but some charge a small fee to recoup the costs of materials and staffing. None of the activities will make a profit. The activities are not organised by the BBC and the BBC isn’t responsible for the accuracy of the information provided by the organisers. If you are under 18, please ask your parent/guardian before taking part in any of the activities.

Little Painting Challenge at the Whitworth

Winners and 1000 entries from The Little Painting Challenge competition will go on display at the Whitworth, one of the most remarkable galleries in the North of England. A £15 million development has recently transformed this much-loved gallery, creating some spectacular new spaces in the Whitworth, Manchester’s gallery in the park.

Events for families

Little Painting Challenge Family Friendly Weekend (Bank Holiday weekend 2-4 May 2015)

This special bank holiday weekend is full of free family activities exploring art and imagination.

Outdoor art, in the Art Garden

(ages 8 years +, 10am-12pm, bookable online)

A workshop that brings art, nature and creativity together. Learn how the natural world has always inspired artists and how they have worked in the great outdoors on a small-scale. Explore and experiment with natural materials in the park, whatever the weather (come dressed for rain and shine).


Art on a small scale, family-friendly talk

(2pm, Oxford Road entrance)

Curator and Little Picture Challenge judge Helen Stalker explores artists who have been inspired to work on a small scale and takes a look at some of the finest examples from our collection.

Bank Holiday Monday
Art picnic

(All ages, 11am-2pm, drop-in, Grand Hall)

An art picnic with a difference, with a live score and projections, in the Grand Hall. Families can bring along their own food and we provide artists and musicians.

Early Years Atelier: Painting

(Under 5s, 10am-4pm, drop-in)

Weekly multi-sensory activity for early years children in our new Clore Learning Studio. This free, drop-in space becomes a laboratory for trying out ideas and playing with materials - exploring mark-making through paint – it will be messy!


The Blue Coat: Out of the Blue

Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays 3.30-4.30


Out of the Blue

Organised by the Bluecoat, these after schools arts sessions are held at locations in the community.

Children have an hour long session led by artists refreshments are provided.

Mondays - Lime Centre, West Derby Road

Tuesdays - Lancaster Centre, Rice Lane

Thursdays - Sedgemoor Centre, Norris Green


BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Every Saturday and Sunday 2-4pm


Busy B’s

Busy B’s is a popular drop-in activity, inspired by BALTIC exhibitions, for young artists. Your Busy B’s can explore exciting, alternative and playful ways to learn about contemporary art.

Leamington Spa

Sketch Club

If you are looking for somewhere to draw and would like to spend some time enjoying our collections, Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum sketch club could be the perfect place for you. With a different focus each month, join us for an afternoon of sketching and artistic inspiration. All abilities are welcome.

Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum

Last Saturday of each month 1-3pm


Art Cart Family Fun

Join us for family art and craft sessions in the galleries using our mobile Art Cart. Create your very own artwork to take home. The Art Cart is also available during normal opening hours. Explore its drawers and pockets to discover lots of activities inspired by the displays. Recommended for children up to 12 years.


The Place Activity Centre

Tuesdays 10-1pm


The Place for Art

Friendly, untutored group who meet every week to paint and draw. Newcomers are warmly welcomed.

No further events.

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The City

Tate Britian

30 March – 12 April 2015

Display of Big Painting Challenge Programme winners work

Manton Foyer, Tate Britain

Following the final episode of the BBC series, two paintings by the winner will be displayed at Tate Britain.

Meet 500 Years of British Art

Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 April 2015

Collection displays, Tate Britain

Free, booking essential

To find out more about how famous artists have approached the themes from the series, Tate is offering special tours of its collection, which spans 500 years of British art. Led by expert tour guides, artists Grace Adam and Frank Wasser, the tours will explore the many ways artists have approached subjects from the human figure to the landscape around us. You’ll find out how styles of painting have developed over the centuries, and how artists today use a wide range of materials to create their works and comment on society.

To find out about individual tours (on Still Life, Portraits, Landscapes, Cityscapes, Seascapes and the Figure) and to book a free ticket, visit the Tate website:

Mall Galleries

The City

Mall Galleries


The majority of Exhibitions and Demonstrations are normally chargeable but we have a special arrangement for viewers of the programme:

‘Pick up your postcard from your local library or download it here, show it to the Mall Galleries Reception and get free entry to paying exhibitions, as well as the opportunity to attend a wide range of artists’ demonstrations for free’


Scottish National Gallery

23-24 April 2-4pm


Easel Sketching in the Gallery

Sketching in the gallery, led by artist Damian Callan. A different subject each month and sometimes with a model. All materials supplied. No booking required


Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

9 April 5.30-6.45pm


The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room is an informal, artist-led drawing session. Each session is developed by a contemporary artist and reflects concerns within each artist's own work. The Drawing Room examines the range of possibilities within contemporary drawing practice and explores how mark-making can also be conceived as sculpture, installation, video, performance, writing, sound, textiles and animation. All materials are supplied and no experience necessary. Please note this session takes place at Modern Two in the Two Roberts exhibition.

To book a place, please contact the Education Department on 0131 624 6410 or email


Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

19 April 2-4pm


Bags of Art

Cool and creative fun with artists Tessa Asquith-Lamb and Louise Fraser. Supported by the Friends of the National Galleries of Scotland. No booking required.



Saturdays 10.30am-12pm


Saturday Art Club at GoMA

Creative fun for all the family, drop in events every week.



Sundays 1-3pm


Adult Art Afternoons

Free creative workshops for adults covering a broad range of subjects inspired by museum collections, exhibitions and events. Please book in advance.


Oriel Myrddin Gallery

12th April 11-12.30


Llansteffan Sketchbook Walk

Meet at Llansteffan Village Hall

Walk, talk and sketch with artist Lauren Heckler and Oriel Myrddin’s Education Officer Seren Stacey.

Free sketchbook & pencil provided (or bring your own supplies)

Open to all, from complete beginners to experienced sketchers. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Wear sensible shoes and weatherproof gear, it will be a moderately easy walk around 1 ½ hours long.

No booking necessary.


Blaen-y-Pant Centre

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

Adults £7

Children £10

Hera Art Centre

The Hera Art Centre is an art group based in the Blaen-y-Pant centre, they run art lessons for adults and children and provide a meeting place for aspiring artists and anyone interested in art. Please call before attending a class.