Supported Initiatives

Our reputation is partly built on our huge range of initiatives designed to help people of all ages engage with, and develop their skills in, contemporary art.

From children’s workshops to structured awards, there’s something to suit everyone. Our programme of art exhibitions, films, events and workshops are ever-changing to provide art lovers, students, children and families with a constant source of fun, culture and contemporary visual art.

Visit our What’s On page to find out more.

Arts Award

Arts Award inspire children, families, young people and adults to discover, explore, discuss, learn about and create using a wide range of contemporary art forms.

Arts Mark

Arts Council England’s flagship, Ofsted recognised programme to help schools evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision.

Children’s University

A national organisation providing 7–15 year olds (or families with 5–6 year olds) with exciting and innovative learning activities outside school hours.

Welcome area at Firstsite. 'Big Hello' (2018) Peter Liversidge. Photo by Jayne Lloyd.

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