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Educational activities for a range of ages and curriculums

QUAD’s education and participation programme has been designed to play to our strengths and expertise in film, photography, digital and visual art.

Each year we deliver more than 400 workshops and activities for children, young people and families, with over 6000 attendances. QUAD advocates for the arts to play a vital role in developing skills, knowledge and confidence, enabling diverse audiences and artists to respond to and influence the world around them with creativity and innovation.

What we do:

  • Workshops: technical and creative skills-based workshops in visual art, film, photography and digital media, bespoke to your curriculum outcomes
  • Gallery engagement: exhibition visits, teaching resources and creative response
  • Education film screenings: see a movie of your choice in one of our comfy cinemas
  • FORMAT International Photography Festival: creative workshops, exhibition visits and learning resources
  • CPD: tailored to your staff development
  • Arts Award and Artsmark: as an Arts Award Supporter and Artsmark partner, our activity can support your students with their Arts Award qualifications and your school with its Artsmark achievements
  • Year 10 & 12 Work Experience: opportunities for two Year 10 or 12 students per year to experience a week at QUAD, during Summer Term, and support the development of our programmes. For more info please visit this page.
  • Derby’s Cultural Education Partnership (DCEP): a range of themed Cultural Campus Days and After-School Clubs with our creative and cultural partners in the city
  • If you want to find out more about planning a visit, workshop or film screening, please contact our Education Curator –
“The work you are doing with our students is amazing. Not only does it support their artistic development, but it also significantly improves their confidence and self-esteem.”


Educational cinema screenings
Exhibition visits
Schools In Residence Programme
Creative Workshops

Education Cinema Screenings

Why not come and see a film as part of your curricular studies or as an end of term treat or reward?

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We have three cinema screens, with varying capacity (234, 118 and 60), so why not come and see a film as part of your curricular studies or as an end of term treat or reward?

  • Choose a film of your choice to watch in the privacy of one of our comfy cinemas:
  • We are generally unable to offer private screenings in the afternoon, due to our public film programme.
  • Screenings must be booked and confirmed at least one month in advance.

Exhibition Visits

Come and explore our gallery and exhibitions with your class!

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We offer:

  • Short introductions to current exhibitions
  • Artist led creative workshops in response
  • Self-facilitated visits

QUAD also produces a series of FREE teaching and learning resources for each exhibition to support you and your students to explore our Gallery and exhibition spaces. They are designed to provide starting points for discussion and activity, with reference to specific artworks from the current exhibition, and make links across the National Curriculum for for all key stages.


  • Subjects we can cover:
  • Visual Arts
  • Photography
  • Clay & Ceramics
  • Animation
  • Filmmaking

Schools In Residence Programme

  • Aims of the programme are to explore:
  • How to create a sustainable School in Residence model of creative enrichment within the curriculum
  • How to improve engagement with families/wider school community of the students
  • How to raise the profile of work produced by young people within QUAD
  • How to develop a stronger CPD / training offer and encourage shared learning amongst staff

Derby Cultural Education Partnership

Derby: Our Place To Make Creative Futures.

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QUAD is a key partner in Derby’s Cultural Education Partnership (DCEP), an initiative which has been developed in response to the Arts Council of England’s Cultural Education Challenge, launched in October 2015.

We are a close-knit and progressive city packed with cultural assets and learning opportunities. Together we work closely with our cultural partners and The Mighty Creatives, the East Midlands Bridge organisation, providing high-quality cultural experiences across our city.

The partnership is steered by Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations: Derby Theatre, QUAD, Déda, Derby Museums, Sinfonia ViVA, Baby People, Artcore and EMCCAN (East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network).

To find out more about DCEP see our film, produced by QUAD Young Advocates here

Book a workshop

Get in touch with us using the form below. Alternatively, just send us an email at – We generally need about 6 weeks notice to organise a workshop

QUAD is a registered charity.