City Gallery

Plan Your School Visit

Following is a list of frequently asked questions around Gallery visits. If you require further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

When can I visit?

School education programmes are available daily during term time, between 10am and 3pm.
1-hour gallery tour programmes can be scheduled between these hours to suit your timetable.
2-hour tour and workshop programmes run 10am–12pm and 12.30pm–2.30pm.

How much does it cost?

Gallery tours with a Gallery Educator are free, thanks to funding from the Ministry of Education.
Workshops incur a materials charge of $4 per student. All costs are outlined on the programme listing.

How many students can I bring?

Our maximum class size is 32.

How do I book an education programme or self-guided visit?

Contact a Gallery Educator with your preferred dates and times.
We will check availability and send a booking form for you to complete.
Claire Hopkins +64 (0)4 913 9029

What student:teacher ratios does the Gallery require?

Primary and intermediate groups are required to have a ratio of 1:8 adult to students.
Secondary groups are required to have a ratio of 1:15 adult to students.
Accompanying adults should be prepared to play an active support role.

What should I do to prepare for the visit?

Teachers are responsible for their groups at all times during their Gallery visit so ensure your students have been briefed on appropriate behaviour, including respecting artworks and working only with pencil within the Gallery.

Read the Teacher Resource Card for pre and post-visit activity ideas. This is emailed to you when your booking is confirmed.

The learning team will provide RAMS to you when your booking is confirmed.

What should I bring?

Visit confirmation email and class register.

What should students bring?

All materials are provided on booked education programmes.
Self-guiding groups are welcome to draw in the Gallery with their own pencils and sketchbooks. No pens or wet media are allowed.

Can we take photos in the Gallery?

Photography is permitted in most exhibitions. A sign adjacent to relevant artworks will indicate when photography is not permitted.

Is there somewhere to put students’ bags and jackets?

Class-sized storage boxes are available for bags and jackets in the Gallery foyer.

Is there somewhere we can have lunch?

Unfortunately there is no lunch space for schools at the Gallery.
School groups need to make their own arrangements for lunch, and often opt to eat outside in Civic Square.

How do we get to the Gallery?

There is a bus drop off zone in Wakefield Street just a short walk from Civic Square.
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What do we need to do on the day of our visit?

Aim to arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of your education programme.
Report to the front desk on arrival and sign your group numbers in the Gallery’s school register.
Your Gallery Educator will meet you in the main foyer and help with putting bags away, then give students a health and safety briefing before commencing teaching.
Should you run late, please let a Gallery Educator know.