Children in school uniform working with an artist


We strive for high quality creative encounters that encourage the nurturing of an innate curiosity in children and young people. The programme provides experiences that extend the enjoyment of the arts and children’s creative possibilities beyond the traditional classroom setting.

MK Gallery’s Learning Programme aims to support and complement the National Curriculum whilst promoting the importance of cultural learning among children and young people. We deliver a diverse range of fun, experimental and challenging learning activities for pupils of all ages.

All group visits, including self-guided visits, must be booked in advance. For further information and to enquire about booking contact MK Gallery’s Learning Team on 01908 676900.

children in the Gallery

Scout About Tour

Duration: 1 hour

A one hour guided tour through our exhibition with a Learning Scout.

White cloth with paint over it and people in shadow behind

Enquiring Minds

Duration: 2.5 hours (can be shared between two classes)

A studio session with a MK Gallery Associate Artist. Sessions are bespoke and tailored to each group

Red spiral staircase on outside of the Gallery

MK Gallery Site Tour

Duration: 30 minutes

A whistle stop tour of the design features of MK Gallery that make it a living celebration of Milton Keynes through the last 50 years.

Laura Knight in the Galleries

Self-Guided Tour

Independently explore the exhibition with your class.

Trip leaders can also request:

  • Free pre-visit for the trip leader
  • Consultation with the learning team
  • Curriculum themed guide for the exhibition.
Sky Room: Room with raked seating with a semi circle large window in the back of the room overlooking park


MK Gallery has a range of films that can be booked for school groups to benefit your curriculum.

Book now

Contact the learning team


School Visit Risk Assessment


Schools FAQ


Why the arts matter in education

The arts are a crucial part of a broad and balanced curriculum – they equip children with the creativity and innovation needed for 21st century employment, and with essential life skills such as collaboration, communication and problem solving. Reports show that studying the arts can raise attainment in Maths and English and employers are calling for a workforce with both scientific and creative skills. (CLA, 2017)

Participation in the arts develops children’s confidence in their ability to think, question, explore, and contribute to the world around them. They give children a creative outlet to explore and express emotion and can reduce stress, improve wellbeing, raise self-esteem and develop social skills. Studies and research have found that children who regularly take part in arts activities are more resilient, healthier and do better in school. (CLA, 2017).