Creative Learning

The Mead Gallery’s Creative Learning Programme includes a range of FREE activities and resources designed to inspire and educate students at primary and secondary schools, colleges and Universities.

New for Spring 2018

Clare Woods is a renowned British painter, who established her reputation with large-scale landscapes painted in household gloss and enamel on aluminium. Recently, the artist has moved into figurative painting.

The Mead Gallery exhibition presents a new series of raw and powerful paintings, frequently vast in scale, which were inspired by found photographic imagery the artist collects. These images often depict people at their most vulnerable, including in situations of conflict and confinement. Reinterpreted in oil paint using long, curved brushstrokes and sensuous colour, Clare Woods has created paintings which contain an intrinsic tension between reality and abstraction, beauty and its troubling undercurrent of ever-present danger.

Clare Woods’ work is held in many major international collections including the Arts Council England Collection, the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, and the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, USA. Recent exhibitions include Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, Oriel Davies Gallery in Wales, National Museum of Wales, Buchmann Gallerie in Berlin, and a permanent public commission for the London 2012 Olympic Park.

Suitable for EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, GCSE and A level students. Arrange a FREE self guided or led visit to this exhibition. Led visits include an opportunity to explore how Clare Woods moves from inspiration to large scale painting and will also provide the opportunity for students to work at scale and on resistant materials in our Creative Space which features wallpaper showing Clare’s studio. The works in the exhibition include both portraiture and still life pieces.

For KS1/2 – the focus will be on looking at mark making at scale and using exploring the effects of paint on resistant materials
For KS3/4 – the focus will be on choosing subject matter and the lines that demonstrate the form and discarding what you don’t need.

Bespoke opportunities are available on request. A visit to the gallery can be combined with either a theatre show or a visit to the sculptures on campus contact us to discuss these options further.

Tickets for schools and home educators:
FREE entry

Booking information:
To find out more, contact our Creative Learning Coordinator, Lynsey Cullen on


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In addition to the Mead Gallery’s Creative Learning Programme we run the following FREE visual arts educational activities across The University of Warwick’s campus:

Sculpture Trails

Extended Sculpture Trails
Wednesday & Fridays between October and December (excludes half term)
10am – 2pm (30 min lunch break at 12pm)

We are excited to offer KS1 and KS2 students a unique chance to attend an extended Sculpture Trail this term that includes a visit to the Gallery to tour our current exhibition and participate in activities in the Creative Space. From 10am – 12pm students will tour the exhibition and embark upon a journey to discover, observe, draw and discuss some of the University’s extensive art collection before heading back to the Gallery’s Creative Space from 12.30pm – 2pm to begin creating pieces of art inspired by the morning’s activities. For more information or to book a trail, please contact Lynsey Cullen, Education Coordinator on 024 7615 1793 or email

Colour Trails

Led by specially trained artists, staff and students our indoor colour trail of abstract art paintings focuses on the use of colour, ideas relating to the spectrum, how colours are made, the feelings they evoke and the techniques the artists have used. “

University of Warwick’s Art Collection Tour

Our website has grouped artworks under the most common themes that recur at GCSE and A’ level. Our curatorial team is happy to offer bespoke tours of works that respond to the examination curriculum.

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