Schools

Southbank Centre, home to Royal Festival Hall, Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall, National Poetry Library and Purcell Room, invites schools to get involved through creative learning projects, exploratory days, year-round workshops and events for teachers. 

We offer a year-round programme of activities for primary and secondary schools to inspire a love of the arts and support learning across the curriculum.

Schools are always welcome on at Southbank Centre, and we hope that you will visit us this academic year. Whether you’re attending a schools event, having a picnic with your class on site, or using our digital resources in the classroom, the schools team can support you. We’ll be happy to help with any questions, just get in touch with us.

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Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
7 May 2019 - 18 Jul 2019
Various times | 7 May 2019 - 18 Jul 2019
courses & workshops
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools

Free

Free

Various times
17 Sep 2019 - 14 Jul 2020
Various times | 17 Sep 2019 - 14 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
We invite Lambeth primary schools to explore gamelan and poetry in a series of free workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to explore gamelan and poetry in a series of free workshops
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
17 Sep 2019 - 18 Dec 2019
Various times | 17 Sep 2019 - 18 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Royal Festival Hall Riverside.August 2016

Free

Free

4:30 pm
Tue 24 Sep 2019
4:30 pm | Tue 24 Sep 2019
courses & workshops
Find out what you can do with your school at Southbank Centre this academic year
Find out what you can do with your school at Southbank Centre this academic year
10:30 am
Thu 03 Oct 2019
10:30 am | Thu 03 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Get wordy with your class at a day of workshops and performances on National Poetry Day 2019
Get wordy with your class at a day of workshops and performances on National Poetry Day 2019

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Thu 03 Oct 2019
2:00 pm | Thu 03 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Round off National Poetry Day with performances on the year’s theme of ‘truth’
Round off National Poetry Day with performances on the year’s theme of ‘truth’
The Bolds with Julian Clary & David Roberts

Free

Free

11:00 am
Thu 17 Oct 2019
11:00 am | Thu 17 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
writers
Live-stream the creators of The Bolds, Julian Clary and David Roberts, into your classroom for a fun-packed reading
Live-stream the creators of The Bolds, Julian Clary and David Roberts, into your classroom for a...
Secondary School discussing a painting in the Hayward Gallery

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Thu 31 Oct 2019
5:00 pm | Thu 31 Oct 2019
courses & workshops
Teachers new to Hayward Gallery are invited to an evening exploring the artist’s major retrospective
Teachers new to Hayward Gallery are invited to an evening exploring the artist’s major...
Work For Us at the Southbank Centre.HR Profiles/Production Staff/Duty Managers/ VE Hosts/Staff at Lunch

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 09 Nov 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 09 Nov 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Who gets to put together festival line-ups, anyway? Can you make a living in music if you’re not famous?
Who gets to put together festival line-ups, anyway? Can you make a living in music if you’re not...
Schools takeover at Gursky exhibition at the Hayward Gallery

Free

Free

10:30 am
Tue 10 Dec 2019
10:30 am | Tue 10 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
Primary schools explore Hayward Gallery through the eyes of their fellow students in peer-led activities
Primary schools explore Hayward Gallery through the eyes of their fellow students in peer-led...

Free

Free

11:00 am
Thu 12 Dec 2019
11:00 am | Thu 12 Dec 2019
family & young people
Schools are invited to sing festive favourites with the accompaniment of our magnificent organ
Schools are invited to sing festive favourites with the accompaniment of our magnificent organ
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
14 Jan 2020 - 26 Mar 2020
Various times | 14 Jan 2020 - 26 Mar 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Get a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan
Installation of Jesse Wine The Whole Vibe of Everything

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 18 Jan 2020
12:00 pm | Sat 18 Jan 2020
courses & workshops
How do works of art actually get into a gallery space? What's it like to work with an artist?
How do works of art actually get into a gallery space? What's it like to work with an artist?
School children singing next to a piano
10:30 am
Wed 29 Jan 2020
10:30 am | Wed 29 Jan 2020
courses & workshops
Tune up at a day of interactive, artist-led music workshops for primary schools
Tune up at a day of interactive, artist-led music workshops for primary schools
A woman with a microphone asking a question at a talk

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Thu 05 Mar 2020
5:00 pm | Thu 05 Mar 2020
courses & workshops
Get the most for your class out of this exhibition exploring themes of science, art and the environment
Get the most for your class out of this exhibition exploring themes of science, art and the...
Creative Learning discussion in Hayward Gallery
10:30 am
Wed 11 Mar 2020
10:30 am | Wed 11 Mar 2020
family & young people
What if you went to school in an arts centre? And what if your teachers were artists?
What if you went to school in an arts centre? And what if your teachers were artists?
10:30 am
Thu 19 Mar 2020
10:30 am | Thu 19 Mar 2020
courses & workshops
Introduce your secondary school students to the mighty music of Beethoven in a study day
Introduce your secondary school students to the mighty music of Beethoven in a study day
Tour groups in Hayward Gallery

Free

Free

Various times
Tue 31 Mar 2020
Various times | Tue 31 Mar 2020
art & exhibitions
Bring your secondary school class to discover the artist’s multimedia work through the eyes of their peers
Bring your secondary school class to discover the artist’s multimedia work through the eyes of...
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
21 Apr 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
Various times | 21 Apr 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Get a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan
Children playing drums in Royal Festival Hall
10:30 am
Tue 09 Jun 2020
10:30 am | Tue 09 Jun 2020
courses & workshops
Mark the centenary of Ravi Shankar’s birth in a day of workshops and performances for primary schools
Mark the centenary of Ravi Shankar’s birth in a day of workshops and performances for primary...

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