Schools Gallery Programme 2016/17

Image by Marysa Dowling 'Everyday Exchanges' 2014 © the artist. This was made as part of the How We Learn

Image by Marysa Dowling 'Everyday Exchanges' 2014 © the artist. This was made as part of the How We Learn

We offer bespoke tours and workshops for schools and colleges from Primary through to Degree Level

The Programme:

We offer an interactive and inspiring programme where students at all levels can find out about photography and use the medium as a way of learning new skills, making decisions, telling stories and questioning the world around them while fulfilling key areas of the curriculum.

Current Opportunities: 

1. Exhibition Tours
Cost – Free
Dates – Tuesday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Age – All Ages Primary to Degree/Masters Level 

We provide 1-hour sessions that include in-depth guided tours of our exhibitions, a tour of our facilities and a talk about the history of Belfast Exposed. Tours can be arranged between Tuesday and Friday, 9am to 5pm daily. There is no cost however schools must be able to provide their own transport to the gallery. Visit our exhibitions pages to find out more about current and upcoming exhibitions

2. Education Resource Pack
Cost – Free
Age – Appropriate for use with students of all ages

To accompany our current exhibition, Photoworks have produced an extensive resource pack for teachers. The themes outlined will help students to: engage with contemporary photography, to think analytically through dialogue and debate, to develop visual literacy and to develop curiosity, imagination and creativity. To obtain a resource pack email  or download directly from the exhibition page.  

3. Belfast Exposed Young Futures
Cost - Free
Dates – First Tuesday of each month between October 2016 and April 2017, 5pm to 6.30pm PLUS Saturday 5th November 11am to 2pm.
Age – 14 to 18 (GCSE to A-Level)
Application Deadline - Monday 19th September, 5pm 

After an extremely successful first year, Belfast Exposed Young Futures is aimed at 14 to 18 year olds interested in developing their knowledge and understanding of contemporary photography and the history of the medium. The programme involves talks, discussions, trips and practical workshops in photography. Students should email  to request an application form – please note that spaces are limited and applications must be returned by 5pm on Monday 19th September.

4. Schools Photography Competition
Cost – Free
Dates – Deadline Monday 14th November at 5pm & Exhibition Opening Thursday 1st December
Age – All Ages

To coincide with a brand new photography commission with world renowned photographer Martin Parr, Belfast Exposed are inviting school students of all ages to enter their own photographs based around the following themes: Belfast / Travel / Holidays. Each student may submit up to 3 images. The best images will be featured in an exhibition at the Belfast Exposed Studio Gallery that will open on Thursday 1st December 2016. To submit please email the image files, along with the name and age and school of the student to  by Monday 7th November at 5pm. Visit the exhibition page to find out more about Welcome to Belfast by Martin Parr. 

5. Bespoke Practical Workshops in Photography
Cost - Varies
Dates - Monday to Friday
Contact - Mervyn Smyth at  

We can design tailor-made workshops for students at all levels to compliment various aspects of the primary and secondary curriculums. If you would like to find out more, or to discuss course options, please contact our Community Engagement Manager Mervyn Smyth at / 02890230965 

What the Teachers say about our previous education programmes:

“From a curriculum point of view the project was fabulous. It allowed children to take part in a wide range of activities, directing, discussing and positively editing and evaluating their work and cooperating with different groups within the class.” Teacher, Meadowbridge Primary

“The programme gave the children so much confidence and inspired them in what photography can do” Teacher, Sacred Heart Primary School

“Working with a guest photographer was super. The pupils were learning all the time without realising it!” Teacher, Meadowbridge Primary

“The programme is a fantastic resource for teachers, allowing them to cover multiple areas of learning and curriculum through a completely new medium.” Teacher, St Malachy’s Primary

Participant Feedback: 

"I learned completed new aspects of photography, which I found particularly interesting as I am unable to study this in school"

"Things I enjoyed learning about most were: different angles and shots, how photographers can illustrate fascinating stories within photos"

"I have never had the opportunity to study photography before, so I enjoyed the whole experience as everything I learnt was completely new to me!"

"I have learned a variety of new ways to interpret artworks in terms of photography"

"I loved the fact that we had a chance to explore artists and understand the deeper meaning of their work"

"I enjoyed meeting new people, looking at art and listening to talks with artists."

Enjoyed "Meeting new people, learning about new photographers and artists and expanding my view on art"

Contact Us

For more information or to make a booking, contact our Gallery Manager Hannah Watson at or phone +44 (0) 2890 230 965

Past Exhibitions


  • Image by Pupil of Sacred Heart Primary school as part of the START programme

    START Project

    Northern Ireland Schools