art & exhibitions

Secondary Schools Takeover: Diane Arbus & Kader Attia

Part of Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion

Schools explore Hayward Gallery through the eyes of their fellow students in a half-day of peer-led activities for GCSE, AS and A-Level pupils. Choose a morning or afternoon session.

For each exhibition at Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre works with schools to empower young people – our Art Explorers – to explore the artists on display and then design activities sharing their knowledge with their peers.

In this first-ever Secondary Schools Takeover at Hayward Gallery, the Art Explorer pupils have explored the two solo exhibitions diane arbus: in the beginning and Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion.

GCSE, AS or A-level pupils are invited to attend a session of exploratory activity, introducing the themes and ideas of the exhibition from one student to another.

diane arbus: in the beginning – the first solo show of Arbus’ work in the UK for 12 years – explores the first seven years of the photographer’s career from 1956 to 1962. Her photographs of children and eccentrics, couples and circus performers, female impersonators and pedestrians are among the most intimate, surprising and haunting works of art of the 20th century. Organised by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the exhibition features more than 100 photographs, the majority of which are drawn from the Diane Arbus Archive, and have never before been exhibited in Europe.

Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion questions our ideas about wholeness and injury, authenticity and repair, belonging and otherness. This dramatic and compelling exhibition is Kader Attia’s first major survey show in the UK and traces several strands of the artist’s thought-provoking work from the past two decades. At the heart of the show, a key group of works engage with ideas of repair as both a physical and symbolic act, relating to individual as well as social trauma.

Dates & times

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Free, but ticketed

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Age recommendation
This event is ideal for GCSE and AS or A-level pupils.

Event information
Choose from one of the following peer-led Takeover sessions:
10.30am – 12.15pm
1pm – 2.45pm

Both sessions are the same. In advance of the visit, teachers are sent a resource pack and brief overview of their half-day session.

Should you wish to eat your packed lunches on site, spaces are reserved for lunch after the morning session and before the afternoon session. Please plan to be in place for your session 10 minutes before your start time.

Content warning
These exhibitions contain graphic content, including some nudity and disturbing images. Discretion is strongly advised.

We recommend that all teachers considering bringing a class to this event attend the Teachers’ Twilight Session on Thursday 14 February to view the exhibition in advance. During the Takeover Day, the visiting schools will be introduced to and discuss the exhibition content with their peers from AS and A-Level to understand the works in context. We are happy to facilitate teacher visits in advance of a school booking – if you have any questions or wish to request further information, please email

Please book via our group bookings line (020 7960 4225, open Monday – Friday from 9.30am – 5.30pm) or email